To Our Members,
Once again it has been an honor to serve as President of the San Onofre Surfing Club this past year. 2015 has been a quite a year. 70-degree water temperatures into November and plenty of surf for all of us to enjoy.
I am pleased to report that our Club’s membership numbers have continued to increase. As I mentioned last year, having a strong membership base is crucially important to the Club’s ability to be an advocate for what is in the best interest of this beach that we all cherish.
Thank you to all that participated in our club events in 2015. For those that were not able to do so, keep an eye out for our 2016 event announcements and participate if possible. These events are exclusively for you, our members. I’d like to extend a huge “thank you” to our board of directors and all that volunteer to help make these events a success year after year.
We do face some challenges…
The current park lease is up for renewal on August 30th, 2021. There is no clarity at this point in time as to what will happen with the access to the beach and who oversees the facilities. The club is very focused on the historic significance of San Onofre both to the sport of surfing and those that appreciate the ocean and nature.
Additionally, we continue to closely monitor the erosion of the beach and the road. This has progressed significantly over the last year. With the high probability of a forthcoming El Nino weather pattern, there is reason for concern. We expect at the very least to have additional beach maintenance expenditures and are working hard to maintain our good relationship with the State Parks folks to assure we keep our beach in the condition we all desire. During periods of bad weather, the State Parks may temporarily restrict access until the conditions dry out a bit and/or erosion issues are inspected for safety concerns. While this may be an inconvenience, the Club appreciates your cooperation and understanding. Ultimately the weather and erosion is up to Mother Nature but we will do whatever we can to preserve the beach and it’s historical features.
In conclusion, I would like to humbly ask that all of you renew your club memberships right away. Upon joining, you will receive a link to allow you to vote for the 2016 Board of Directors. We encourage you to vote… all ballots must be completed by February 15th, 2016.
Lastly, if you hang out with others down at Sano that aren’t members, encourage them to join. With some of the challenges I outlined above, we will need to have a strong membership to be effective in our efforts to preserve and protect the San Onofre experience.
One of our next big events coming up is our Annual San Onofre Surfing Club Contest on September 12th and 13th. You can register online or print the forms and mail them in. See the links below.
All members are welcome to compete. IMPORTANT: your contest entry form needs to be received no later than August 27th in order to assure you will have a spot in the contest. We will only create enough heats to accommodate the entries we have as of the 27th. Once the heat schedule is made, no additional heats can be added. Entries received subsequently will only get the opportunity to surf if there is space in an existing heat. A discount will apply to ages 18 and over if returned by August 10th.
To Our Members…Current, Past and Future,
It has been an honor to serve as President of the San Onofre Surfing Club this past year. As 2014 comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on what a tremendous year it was. Water temperatures in the 70’s from late spring through early fall, an abundant amount of surf and little if any “June Gloom” overcast conditions.
There are many positives to report…
Club membership has increased and our events have been well attended. We are working hard to maintain our good relationship with the State Park folks to assure we keep our beach in the condition we all desire. As you all know the special experience you get when visiting San Onofre is like no other place. It is the clubs objective to assure that this experience is preserved for generations to come.
We also face some challenges…
As I am sure many of you have noticed, the erosion of the beach and the road when you first drive in is a significant concern. There is no simple solution here but we are doing our best to proactively seek a remedy.
There is a need to run new water lines down to the beach. We expect that this project will occur sometime this winter/spring. During this time, there will be no running water for the showers or bathrooms and temporary porta potties will likely be placed next to the existing bathrooms. The goal will be to minimize the length of time that the water is shut off. Please bear with the inconvenience, as the infrastructure improvement is necessary.
Lastly, the current park lease is up for renewal on August 30th, 2021. There is no clarity at this point in time as to what will happen with the access to the beach and who oversees the facilities. The club is very focused on the historic significance of San Onofre both to the sport of surfing and to those that appreciate the ocean and nature.
Having a strong membership base is crucially important to the Club’s ability to be an advocate for what is in the best interest of this beach that we all cherish. On that note, I would like to humbly ask that all of you renew your club memberships right away. Additionally, if you hang out with others down at Sano that aren’t members, encourage them to join. Memberships are available online at http://www.sanonofresurfingclub.org/shop/1-year-membership/. With some of the challenges I outlined above, we will need to have a strong membership to be effective in our efforts to preserve and protect the San Onofre experience.
Before I wrap up this letter, I want to take a moment to recognize and congratulate our Spirit of San Onofre award winner Larry Wolfe. Thank you Larry for the decades of time and effort you have put into helping the club, the award is well deserved.
To Our Members,
First things first… I would like to personally thank and recognize outgoing club president Jean Vetter for her terrific leadership. She did a great job and it was an honor to be an officer along side her. Additionally, I would like to thank other outgoing officers and directors Al Gee, Tom Bistline and John Vetter. Collectively they have provided decades of selfless service to our club. Although you may not see their names on the ballot, I know that each of them will still be there to help. When you run into them at the beach, please extend a hand and thank them for their dedication and service.
The clubs culture has been built by those who have come to embrace the uniquely special place that is San Onofre. On that note, you will likely notice multiple new names on the San Onofre board of directors ballot. Each of these candidates has shown a dedication and willingness to help the club. We look forward to having new board members to help us navigate our efforts moving forward. PLEASE NOTE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE YOUR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND BALLOT BACK BY FEBRUARY 15th FOR YOUR VOTE TO BE COUNTED. So please send in your membership renewal ASAP!
Our objective this year is to continue to grow our membership base. Your membership dues and proceeds from the sale of club merchandise are used to maintain and preserve our beloved beach. Thousands visit San Onofre every year. We feel that once folks understand that the modest membership fee we charge allows the uniquely special Sano experience to be preserved. So when you are at the beach, if the friends you are with or for that matter the family parked next to you aren’t members, please tell them why they should be and encourage them to visit our website and join.
You will notice that the majority of our correspondence will be electronic moving forward. Please make sure we have a current email address for you. We have ongoing efforts underway to allow for you to join the club, sign up for our events and purchase merchandise on-line via our website. Moving forward, please visit our website at www.sanonofresurfingclub.org and like us on Facebook to stay up to date with what is happening at the beach.
Lastly, please mark your calendar for our 2nd annual Family Day event on Saturday, July 14th. If you didn’t make it last year, it was a blast. Food, live music, games for the kids and terrific raffle prizes all well as spending a day at your favorite beach. This year will be bigger and better so please plan to attend.
In closing, I am humbled and honored to serve as President of the San Onofre Surfing Club. I have been fortunate to have this club and beach be an integral part of my life since my earliest days. As President, I hope to do my part to maintain and preserve our uniquely special beach and culture so that future generations can also reflect on how fortunate they have been to have San Onofre be a part of their lives.