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.