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.