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Saturday, 5 January 2013

Since 2007, an application to list the Trestles Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places has been prepared by California State Historic Preservation Officer Wayne Donaldson (retired) and Amy Crain of the Office of Historic Preservation. The application, with the help of the Malibu Surfing Association, Surfrider Foundation, and many others, is now going to be heard by the State Historical Resources Commission at their Quarterly Meeting on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM at the Secretary of State Auditorium, 1500 11th Street, in Sacramento.

We need to help to write letters of supporting the nomination and, if you have time, to show up in person on the 8th. Below are links to sample letters of support for your use, a copy of the Trestles Historic District nomination, some definitions and links, and past letters of support issued by surfing clubs, foundations and institutions. Please add your support to this cause. Helping to preserve the sit on the National Register of Historic Places will heighten the importance of Trestles as a cultural site important to the development of surfing as a sport, family celebration and a way-of-life.

So that the SHRC may have adequate time to consider the comments, it is requested, but not required, that written comments be received by the Office of Historic Preservation by January 25, 2013 in advance of the the SHRC's meeting, scheduled for February 8, 2013.

Department of Parks and Recreation
Attn: Office of Historic Preservation
Carol Roland-Nawi, PhD.
State Historic Preservation Officer
P.O. Box 94296
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

* Also email the letters of support as a pdf to, and to the Surfrider Foundation at as secondary backups. If you do not have email connection then fax to the Office of Historic Preservation, attention Amy Crain at 916 445 7053 and to the Surfrider Foundation at 949 492 8142.

The proposed Trestles Historic District in San Diego County is world-renowned for its consistent, near perfect waves. Trestles provides some of the best year-round surfing waves in California, an area with the greatest concentration of surfers in the world. For over 70 years the district has been associated with events and activities that have played a significant role in the evolution of surfing as a sport which is an integral part of Southern California's identity as a beach culture. The district's character defining historic landscape elements have attracted pioneering local surfers since 1933, and have been the site of surfing competitions since 1938. The physical isolation and absence of commercial growth encouraged the development of a society whose lifestyle and unique culture would later personify Southern California and influence surfing worldwide. Trestles' contributing resources include seven surf breaks identified from north to south as: Upper Trestles (Uppers), Lower Trestles (Lowers), Middles, Church, The Point, Old Man's, and Dog Patch. Trestles is located at the mouth of the San Mateo Creek within the larger boundaries of San Onofre State Beach, leased by the State of California under a fifty-year agreement with the Department of the Navy.

The National Register is the United States' official list of historical properties worthy of preservation. Listing in the National Register provides recognition and assists in preserving California's heritage. Listing in the National Register assures review of federal projects, or projects on federal lands (such as Camp Pendleton) that might adversely affect the character of the historic property such as Trestles. In addition, as of January 1, 1993, all National Register properties are now automatically included in the California Register of Historical Resources (California Register) and afforded consideration during the State (CEQA) environmental review process. Listing on the California Register also includes properties formally determined eligible for the National Register. National Register listed properties may qualify for state and federal benefits.

Refer to the attached letters in Word format and edit, personalize, and add to as you see fit. ** Please do NOT reference the following ** the South Foothill Toll Road Freeway, the California Coastal Commission, the Transportation Corridor Agency, USMC, United States Navy, Orange County, the California State Lands Commission, or California State Parks. The period of significance of the Trestles Historic District is from 1933-1971 (one year before State Parks signed onto a 50 year lease with the USMC) Focus on the support letters should be similar to the attached previous letters and emphasize the historical importance as promoting the surfing culture world-wide, the continued integrity of the historic district's location, setting, feeling and association with surfing. If you have personal experience surfing at the breaks at Trestles, development of board technology or social experiences, please be sure to relate. There is no limit on the length of the letter. However, a one-pager, similar to those linked, would be most welcomed.


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