Santa Barbara News-Press 11/14/02 - Read the Article
"Artificial reef may restore beach"

Washington Post June 3, 1999 "Dude the Surf is Self-Serve" by William Booth "....another group of surf activists is beginning the permitting process to build a reef in Ventura County to the north, which will include not only surf-able waves but also a private, non profit "marine park" with man made habitat for kelp and abalone."

"...a big "Y" shaped reef constructed of hollow polyethylene pipes, the material used in drinking straws, that would be flooded with seawater so the structure sinks and would be anchored to the bottom. The beauty of this approach Ross explained is that the reef actually could be removed."

Los Angeles Times June 18, 1999, page one, Ventura County Section, "Surfers Foundation Is Out To Make Some Waves" by Margraet Talev

"Quantum Reef hopes to open the first public beach park in the United States that would be operated and maintained by surfers"

"Montana formed the group because he wanted to put an artificial reef off Hawaii after a Volcano destroyed several surfing spots there."

"Gary Ross, who has been testing his design at UC Santa Barbara, says his reef design is made of environmentally safe material and would actually improve conditions for abalone and other sea life."

SURFER magazine November 1999 edition "Stanley's Ghost" by Steve Barilotti

"...As predicted, when the piers, with their ability to create sandbars and focus closed out lines to ride able peaks came down, the surf reverted into unrideable junk."

"...they also eliminated a campground and paved over
Stanley's, one of the best summertime reef beach combos in Ventura County. In the pre Surfrider Foundation dark ages, a year prior to the formation of the California Coastal Commission, the destruction of a natural surf break in the name of traffic flow was not even an issue."

"...A group of local surfers and businessmen however are seeking to restore some of their lost waves by establishing a marine park, complete with manmade surfing reef at the former site of Stanley's and Oil Piers."

"...The Quantum Reef Foundation is negotiating with various local and state agencies to acquire the five acre site surrounding the former break. They envision a surfer designed and managed park that would emphasize the cultural and historical aspects of the area (a former Chumash Indian fishing camp) and restore the lost marine and recreational habitat."

"... Ross hopes to build the park in stages. First as a family oriented ocean front park. The second stage would emphasize the cultural and natural heritage. The third would be to construct offshore reefs to rebuild the kelp beds, provide marine habitat and create surf-able waves."

"...The Foundation is looking to lease the Oil Piers site for 25 years from the State Lands...negotiation with the dozen or so state agencies that would have to sign off on the plan have been encouraging."

"...The whole area surrounding Oil Piers has been tortured by the needs of the modern world...Stanley's was part of the original ecology and needs to be included in any restoration effort."

"...Ross and marine park backers are seeking letters of support from the surfing community."

Ventura County Star August 10 2000 edition "Longboard Championships" by Bob Buttitta

"...One unique thing about this years contest is that all the proceeds raised will go to benefit the Stanley's Reef Foundation, (formerly Quantum Reef Foundation) a non profit organization that was created in 1996 to help bring both marine life and waves back to "Stanley's and Oil Piers" the former surf spot located between Ventura and Santa Barbara." Betty Elder, organizer of the Longboard Championships said she was happy to support the cause. "It's a pleasure to help share in a groundbreaking inovative project" Elder said."

"...Gary Ross a surfer himself and founder of the non profit organization, developed a plan to create and use a submersible and removable habitat and surf reef. "The reef is designed to help solve the problem of shore erosion that is taking place in the area" Ross said. "In simple terms, the reef will force the waves to break offshore, dissipating the erosion and trapping sand behind the structure. It will protect the sand cell while bringing back the waves. In addition, the habitat will be a living reef that will be home to all types of sea life from lobsters to abalone."

"...Ross is optimistic the project will be included in a pilot project run by the federal government's Army Corp of Engineers as part of a federal act of Congress designed to stop beach erosion. "Getting approval has been harder than developing the technology", Ross said. "We have applied for County grants that are generated from the State's oil revenues and are supposed to be used to help create recreation. "Once we get approval from the Army Corps of Engineers we can get the project started."

Stanley's Reef Foundation is a Non Profit Organization.

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