Jet Skis banned from Mavericks, Ghost Tree and Moss Landing

Surfing Magazine reported that as of February 2009, it’s official: the days of snagging 60-foot XXL contenders at Ghost Tree or whipping into the tube of your life at Moss Landing are over. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have closed a loophole in the laws governing the use of personalized watercraft in the Sanctuary. Translation: Jet Ski dudes are now barred everywhere from Monterey to Half Moon Bay. There is an exception for Mavericks. When there is a NOAA-issued high-surf advisory, surfers will be allowed to use PWCs to snag the monsterous waves at Mavericks. Surfrider Foundation was involved in the compromise – giving up Ghost Tree for the more easily accessible...

Trestles Update

The Public Hearing with the Secretary of Commerce is scheduled for September 22, 2008 at Del Mar Fairgrounds in O’Brien Hall from 10:30 am – 8:30 pm (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.). The hearing location is perfect, since this is where the Coastal Commission heard the facts from both sides and voted 8-2 against the toll road. Also the Park and Trestles beach are in San Diego County, so it’s ideal to hold the hearing where the project will have the worst impacts. As you are aware, an earlier hearing date was canceled as the identified site withdrew its agreement to host the event. The purpose of the newly scheduled hearing is to solicit public comments. Anyone wishing to provide oral testimony at the hearing must submit a written request via mail to NOAA no later than September 12, 2008. Please contact Bob Mignogna for the address and details on what should be included in the request. Agenda for Hearing: 10:30am-1:30pm: Testimony from Elected Officials. There are several outstanding elected officials speaking on our behalf including Bobby Shriver, Donna Frye and others. 1:30pm-2pm: Testimony from Organizations. Surfrider Foundation and other interesting organizations will be heard during the next few hours. 2:00-2:30: Official Hearing Break. We are having a rally in the pavilion area behind O’Brien hall. Come and learn more about how the day will go and what to expect. 2:30-5:00: Continued Testimony from Organizations and Native American Tribes. 5:00-5:30: Official Hearing Break. Please be sure to visit our letter writing station during the break. We want to fill the drop boxes with letters opposing the toll road. 5:30-8:30: During...