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'Save Trestles' is surfers' theme of the day

September 22, 2008 | 10:13 am


  Three cheers (one each) for Cori Schumacher of Cardiff, Nate Yeomans of San Clemente and Dillon Perillo of Malibu. They're the respective winners of the Linda Benson World Longboard Pro at Cardiff; the Oakley Newport Beach Pro; and the Oakley Pro Junior, also at Newport Beach.

Still to be decided: Kelly Slater's crowning as world champion. The surfer from Cocoa Beach, Fla., will win a ninth ASP World Title if he finishes first at the Quiksilver Pro France, which is underway this week, and Taj Burrow, his closest pursuer, finishes fourth or worse.

Meanwhile, back on this side of the pond, there's another race still to be decided.

Thousands of surfers will converge today on the Del Mar Fairgrounds for a hearing that may determine the fate of the Transportation Corridor Agency's proposed Foothill South toll road extension project.

If approved, the California 241 extension would cut through San Onofre State Beach, eliminate some campgrounds and possibly jeopardize San Mateo Creek, the local watershed and  the world-famous waves at Trestles.

Supporters claim it’ll ease traffic, create jobs and facilitate the movement of goods between Orange and San Diego counties.

This Outposts blogger opposes the project because the sacrifice of a state park, or even part of a state park, for the good of labor and business interests sets too dangerous a precedent. (Plus, if anyone believes this will ease traffic along Interstate 5 in south Orange County, they’re far more optimistic than I am.)

Anyway, the vibe today will be the polar opposite of that during the Roxy Jam Cardiff festival 30 miles to the south, with its girls theme and showcase longboarding event, won by Schumacher.

Riot police are expected for the Del Mar hearing, which begins at 10:30 a.m. and could last into the night. A Department of Commerce decision is not expected today and may not be announced until the end of November, but surfers as well as campers, hikers and environmentalists wish to be heard as they were last February, when the California Coastal Commission rejected the corridor agency's application by a vote of 8-2, prompting an appeal to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Outposts will announce that decision when it is made.

--Pete Thomas

Photo: Trains pass close to the beach at Trestles, but surfers must negotiate a wilderness trail flanking a wetlands to reach the famous Trestles waves. Some argue the waves and wetlands will be jeopardized if a toll-road extension project is approved. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times