Surfrider Foundation Gains Key Support for Trestles Protection
The Surfrider Foundation, on a roll lately, succeeded Friday in getting the California Historical Commission’s recommendation to place Trestles, an iconic Southern California surfing location, on the National Register of Historic Places.
Surfrider was opposed by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, which own a significant stretch of Trestles. Part of the beach is leased back to the state as part of San Onofre State Park, and another part is used for amphibious landing training by Camp Pendleton. According to the Marine Corps, Trestles is “essential to accomplishing the base’s mission” of preparing Marines for combat.
However, according to Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Trestles and San Onofre are part of the “California surfing lifestyle, attitude and culture.” Surfers and preservationists hope that the historical designation will help prevent development at the world-renown surfing spot.