Don Bauder 11:54 a.m., May 20
A move initiated by the Surfrider Foundation in 2007 to get up to seven portions of San Onofre State Beach near the border of San Diego and Orange County listed on the National Register of Historic Places is drawing controversy as local legislators and the U.S. Navy weigh in on the plan in advance of an upcoming hearing on the proposal.
The long-popular Upper and Lower Trestles surf breaks, along with a handful of others, were instrumental in popularizing surfing in California in the 1930s, with the location becoming known as “the Waikiki Beach of California,” according to an *OC Register report.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Navy, which owns the land and leases part of the land to the state and the remainder to the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, have both come out in opposition to the designation.
“The property was never really a surf spot until it was open to the public in 1971,” Board of Supervisors chair John Moorlach tells television network ABC’s Los Angeles affiliate. “We don't believe that Trestles is deserving of a national registry inclusion,” continues Moorlach, who is concerned a historical designation could harm the
The Navy says it also doesn’t believe the surfing areas are qualified for inclusion on the National Register. Camp Pendleton officials have said they’re not ready to take a stance on the matter and are internally discussing the pros and cons of historical designation.
The State Historical Resources Commission will review Surfrider’s request at their next quarterly meeting, to be held February 8 in Sacramento.