The State Historic Preservation Commission on Friday recommended that Southern California’s famed Trestles surf breaks be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If approved, the application, submitted by Surfrider Foundation, would be the first time a surf spot received a historic registration.
The designation would provide the seven surf beaches of Trestles – – Uppers, Lowers, Middles, Church, The Point, Old Man’s and Dog Patch — with special protections as historic sites. However, the application’s success is far from assured.
The Trestle’s breaks are in San Onofre State Beach, part of Camp Pendleton Marine that the Navy leases to the state. Both the Navy and the Marine Corp are opposed to the historic designation, due to concerns that it would interfere with military activity. Orange County official also opposed the designation, as well as those who support the Foothill (241) Toll Road extension to the I-5, a proposed road project near Trestles that surfers have vehemently and, so far, successfully opposed.
The application now goes to the Navy for approval and the ultimate decision is made by federal officials in charge of the National Register.