Californians aren’t the only performance surfers that depend on rippable waves like Trestles for their training ground. Despite traveling the world to compete at the most prestigious level of competition in the sport of surfing, Kauai’s Oakley team rider Sebastian Zietz (HAW) took a few minutes in Rio de Janeiro to tell the Surf Channel why Trestles is important to him. Since hearing the news that Trestles is again being threatened by the 241 toll road extension, athletes have quickly realized the urgency of saving one of the favorite world-class waves.
Sebastian Zietz competing at Lowers during the 2012 Nike Lowers Pro. Photo: ASP/ Rowland
“Trestles is amazing! I pretty much built my contest career at Trestles,” Seabass told The Surf Channel Editor-In-Chief, Shannon Quirk, in an exclusive interview. “I never really did good anywhere else except for there. It has really helped me out with my career. I had one of my biggest ones [results] there when I was a junior.”
News about plans to build a toll road over San Onofre State Beach has outraged environmentalists and surfers who frequent Trestles. Surfrider Foundation reported that the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) has plans to slowly build the State Route 241 Tesoro Extension, a five mile toll road that would go over a huge portion of the San Onofre State Beach and connect with the I-5 near Trestles. This is the same road that was rejected by the California Coastal Commission and the Bush Administration in 2008 because of its devastating impacts to the environment, San Onofre State Beach and cultural resources.
Trestles and San Onofre need at least one hour of your time on June 19th, 2013 to help persuade the Regional Water Quality Control Board to deny the TCA’s permit to build the first “segment” of their toll road.
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