Presidents Letter 2017

November 25th, 2016

I thought it would be good to introduce myself briefly. I am Matt Brady and I am your Club President for the next few years. I am a 2nd generation Middle Beacher and have been a member since the mid 60’s when I was born. My Mom & Dad joined the club back in 1953. I love San Onofre and it is THE most special place in the whole world to me. I am truly honored to be your club President and to have the opportunity to give back to a place that has given me so much. I want to thank Brian Ephraim for decades of service on the Board and as our VP and recent President. Brian has done an excellent job in leading the Board and in fostering our relationship with the State Parks Department. He has left me big shoes to fill but I will do my best. If you see him at the beach, please say thanks to him for his service to the Club.

Well 2016 was a busy year for the San Onofre Surfing Club. We started with big winter swells and some significant beach erosion. The State was very cooperative in working with us to allow for the preservation and maintenance of the historic shack at Old Man’s and we had an amazing crew of volunteer members who donated materials and rebuilt the roof. It looks truly awesome!! The big surfboard wind vane was also in need of some love since the propeller had stopped spinning. Again several members including Rick Fegley and Tom Bistline sprang into action and removed, refurbished and reinstalled the board. If you didn’t see all the photos on our Facebook page, I recommend that you check it out. And speaking of things that spin in the wind, thanks to Pete Herrera for repairing the famous Fingermill. I think that Richard Nixon may have rolled over in his grave. As usual, the events at the beach were a ton of fun and were a big success due to the tireless efforts of many board members and club member volunteers.

We kicked of the year with the Horseshoe Tournament organized by the Vetter’s and Wolfe’s. Although it is the smallest of the club events, it is always a great time and enjoyed by all. This year’s victory went to Rick Fegley and Craig Ephraim. Consider coming out for this one in 2017. The next event was the annual Aloha Family Fun Day. We had good waves and once again were able to serve both breakfast and lunch to our members and non-members. Dancing to live music in the sand is always a treat. This event has been an awesome way to share the Aloha of the club and to attract new members to join and get involved. The raffle was a big hit and we were once again able to raffle off 3 brand new surfboards. Once again the club hosted 2 volleyball tournaments this year, both expertly organized and run by Dave Kulstad. Although we are now down to 2 courts, the scoring was adjusted and everything ran extremely smoothly and was enjoyed by all. Last but not least the annual Club Surf Contest was the highlight of the summer. Emmy Lombard stepped up this year as Contest Director to carry on the long tradition of a Lombard lead contest. She did a stellar job with lots of great help from her Dad, Bobby. This year’s contest was changed to an October date due to other conflicting State Park events on our usual weekend. The surf was just perfect for all age groups, it wasn’t so big that the surfers were too far out to see and there were plenty of waves in most heats. Conditions held up all weekend long and the other surfers at the beach were very cooperative respecting the contest area. The Novice Tandem, 8 & Under, and Jr. Mixed relay were (as always) the highlights. Those young kids blow me away. The level they surf at is so much more advanced than when I was a kid. I can’t wait to see where they will take the sport in the future. The Spirit Award went to Kurt Winn for his tireless efforts at the grill for many years. Kurt is one of several members who have jumped in to feed the beach at a number of our events. We ended the year recently with the Ten Buck Chuck organized my Charlie Zyvolosky and Sabrina Pearcy. I think that the Vintage longboard division is the highlight of this event. In that category the board ridden must be from 1973 or earlier and at least 9’-0”. We see some awesome old boards on the beach for this contest and there is a lot of board sharing so that everyone has a qualifying board in their heat. This year’s contest had good clean surf, was well run, and a blast for everyone. Next year we’re planning to move this event to the Spring so that we’ll have events more evenly spread throughout the year.

Other updates: The State has turned off all showers at their parks due to the ongoing drought conditions. So if you like to rinse off after your surf just bring a jug and we recommend rinsing off in the bamboo so you’ll be watering the plants at the same time. The bamboo areas were an important topic of discussion with the State early in the year. The State Parks Department is OK with these planted areas as they are today but they have specifically stated that no additional plants or furnishings are to be added to the beach. Please refrain from adding anything so that we can keep enjoying these planted areas as they have been meticulously maintained by our Club volunteers. If you see anything being added to the beach, please let one of the Board members know. A big issue coming up is the Marine Corps renewal of the States Parks lease. Access to the beach is a privilege that we owe to the Marine Corps. Renewal of the lease is important to the Club and the State Parks Dept. We will work closely with the State to do everything we can to secure a successful renewal of the lease.

I want to give special thanks to all the volunteers over the past year. The list is too long to include here but you know who you are. From the maintenance work and events listed above to the daily care that so many of you put into keeping our beach a special place, I am truly thankful.

As a last item I would like to ask you to reach out to the people you see at the beach and invite them to join our club. There are a ton of people who benefit from what the club does, keeping the beach in its natural state. Let them know about our club, our awesome events, and encourage them to get involved.

Aloha, Matt

2016 Surf Contest Results

October 12th, 2016

2016 Surf Contest results

2016 Surf Contest Heat Schedule

September 30th, 2016

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2016 President Letter

December 2nd, 2015

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.

Respectfully,
Brian Ephraim

2015 Surf Contest Results

September 18th, 2015

2015 Contest Results

Surf Contest Heat Schedule

September 7th, 2015

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Surf Contest Application Now Available

August 5th, 2015

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.

2015 Surfing Contest Application (online)

2015 Surfing Contest Application Form (mail in)

Presidents Letter for 2015

November 24th, 2014

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.

Respectfully,
Brian Ephraim

Join the Club for 2014

December 4th, 2013

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. 

 

Respectfully,

Brian Ephraim

Revised heat schedule for Sat. & Sun.

September 6th, 2013

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