As you explore the coast this summer, visit Landmark Surfrider Foundation Coastal Victory Sites and Surfrider Chapters within the Golden State. Explore each beach and share your sustainable travels on social media. Tag @Surfrider and @HiltonHonors in photos of you taking action to protect these beautiful places as you visit along their road trip- whether by picking up trash on a beach, visiting an Ocean Friendly Restaurant, or choosing a reusable bottle instead of a single-use plastic one. 

Martins Beach, CA
Beach Access | Restoring Public Access at Martin’s Beach

Martin’s Beach is a pocket beach just south of Half Moon Bay. It had long been visited by the public until soon after it was sold in 2008 to a then-anonymous owner for $32.5 million. Not long after the property changed hands, the billboard was painted over and access was restricted  to the public. In 2013, the Surfrider Foundation filed a lawsuit against Martin’s Beach I and II LLC under the California Coastal Act. The Surfrider Foundation was successful at trial court, appellate court, and on October 1, 2018, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal by property owner Vinod Khosla, finalizing our litigation victory. Under the court order, the property must remain open to the public as it was with the previous property owners unless or until Vinod Khosla applies for a Coastal Development Permit under the requirements of the Coastal Act.

Gaviota Coast, CA
Beach Access | The Gaviota Coast Plan

The Gaviota Coast Plan, as proposed and modified by Coastal Commission staff, increased coastal protections and public access. The Gaviota Coast has unique, relatively undeveloped natural coastal resources and access for all Californians to enjoy them was long overdue. The policies included in the updated Plan provide greater protection to coastal bluffs from erosion and development, and provide greater assurance that public access will be preserved and restored.

Surfrider Beach – Malibu, CA
Surfrider Foundation Founding | 1984

Thirty four years ago a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot. The Surfrider Foundation was founded by Glenn Hening, Lance Carson and Tom Pratte, a group of surfers who were concerned about the environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf break, Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California. Relentless, the group addressed the issues and presented solutions to California State Park officials at a public hearing in 1984. They won. And, little by little, they started chalking up successes and fighting battles that continue today.

Huntington Beach, CA
Clean Water | Huntington Beach Protected from Sewage

After 10 years of pressure from the Surfrider Foundation and the Huntington/Seal Beach Surfrider Chapter in Orange County, California, a huge battle was won when the Orange County Sanitation District Board discontinued operating under a sewage waiver that allowed them to discharge 240 million gallons of partially treated sewage, per day, off Huntington Beach for nearly 20 years. Learn more here.

San Onofre, CA
Coastal Preservation | Save Trestles

The Save Trestles campaign successfully stopped a 6-lane toll road that would have endangered the San Mateo Creek Watershed, and cut through San Onofre State Beach, the Donna O’Neil Land Conservancy, and sacred Native American sites. After a decade, Surfrider and our coalition prevailed in permanently protecting Trestles and San Onofre. Learn more about Surfrider’s campaign to Save Trestles here

In California, Hilton is partnering with the Surfrider Foundation to highlight the organization’s mission to protect clean water and healthy beaches, as part of Hilton’s summertime California Road Trip package. From San Diego to San Francisco, there are dozens of beautiful beaches to enjoy as part of a family California Road Trip.

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