By Lynn Lieu
Sun, Sept. 16-Sat, Sept. 22.
Since 2007, San Onofre State Beach has been threatened by a proposal by the Transportation Corridor Agency to construct a six-lane toll road through the state park. The toll road is a proposed 16-mile extension to State Route 241. Through numerous efforts on part of many organizations including the Sierra Club and the Surfrider Foundation, citing environmental protection laws, the road has yet to break any grounds. This weekend, Hurley brings some of the world’s best surfers to San Onofre to ride Lower Trestles biggest waves. The 2012 Hurly Pro begins on Sunday. As one of the critical ASP World Tour events on the mainland U.S. shores, the event attracts stiff competition. In the current title race, Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson hold the top three spots. Other contenders include John John Florence and Gabriel Medina along with over a dozen other big names. The park that has been surviving its recreational community for years will once again open its doors to one of the biggest events on the water sans toll road.
San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles, I-5 and Basilone Rd., San Diego, (949) 4872; www.thehurleypro.com.