BY WALTER DE CASTRO – SAINT JACQUES CO-FOUNDER AND ENTHUSIAST SURFER
Trestle - San Onofre
Trestle is an array of 2km spots (Cottons / Uppers / Lowers and Church) located in San Onofre, San Diego County, California. The spot hosts a phase of the world championship since 2000.
It has been surfing since the 1920s and has a high attendance since 1942 thanks to the Pendleton Marines camp. In 1969 President Nixon made his summer residence in front of Cottons. The access was forbidden for 10 years, until the advisers of the president members of the "San Onofre Surf Club" managed to convince him to reopen the access to surfers.
Today the access to the beach, which is in a protected natural park, takes and requires a good fifteen minutes of walking after parking or we can go there by the ramp of the Coast Highway.
Small detail, the spot is next to a nuclear power station located on the same beach (like Fukushima) which is fortunately in the process of dismantling but also presents a risk of earthquake or tsunami for decades (obvious a high-risk area)
An urban planning and highway project also threatens the spot.
Trestle and especially Lower Trestle with its left right Pic, on sand and rocks inside is the synonymous of performance. The spot enables the expression of all the technical range of the modern surf thanks to the fast sections alternated with changes of rhythms and some soft sections. This spot is often described as a magic because it tends to level standards upwards and erase your stylistic imperfections. It is often crowded but the spot is not stingy and offers a high wave frequency including Uppers Cotton and Church where longboarders are in their garden.