STANLEY'S REEF NEWS & PRESS
Barbara News-Press 11/14/02 - Read
"Artificial reef may restore beach"
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
Ventura County Star August 10 2000 edition "Longboard Championships" by
"...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."
Reef Foundation is a Non Profit Organization.