Trestles, One of USA’s Famous Surf Spots, In Battle with MarinesBy Steve Casimiro on February 22nd, 2013
At the very southern edge of Southern California’s Orange County is a well-known stretch of beach called Trestles. The name comes from two train trestles that parallel the ocean. And Trestles isn’t just a random stretch of SoCal surf: It represents seven of the best known surf breaks in the world. It’s also been a practice beachhead for the U.S. Marine Corps, and now surfers and the military are fighting over who has rights to the 2.25-mile stretch of sand and ocean. Surfrider Foundation wants Trestles listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has won an early round against the Marines: The State Historical Resources Commission voted unanimously that Trestles be listed and the decision has been sent to Washington for approval. But the Marines have politics on their side, with state senators Mimi Walters and Mark Wyland warning that historic designation would take use of the beach out of the Marines’ hands. With typical political hyperbole, they said it would “put state bureaucrats and surfers in control of Marine Corps training near Trestles.” Men with boards overruling men with guns? It’s a nice idea. Via L.A. Times.
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