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Safe Trestles | Jury

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During the final four years of Steve Long's career with California State Parks, he served as Park Superintendent, responsible for all aspects of park operations at Doheny, San Clemente and San Onofre State Beaches. In that capacity, Steve began identifying key stakeholder groups and individuals who held these parks dear, and who might eventually be united through the concept of a “Co-Operating Association”, which is a Non-Profit Organization that exists to serve specific State Park Units in the delivery of education and interpretation outreach. California State Parks is the second largest public agency providing educational services to the community, behind the public school system.
Steve serves as a non-voting advisor to the executive board, attending all board meetings. He maintains a Volunteer status with California State Parks, assisting the State Parks Co-Operating Association Liaison (Park Superintendent Rich Haydon), in Board Member, Staff and Volunteer Orientation, including detailed San Onofre and San Clemente State Beach tours.
Bjarke Ingels is principal of Bjarke Ingels Group(BIG), based in Copenhagen. An alumnus of Rem Koolhaas' OMA practice, Ingels takes a similar approach: experimenting with pure space, but never losing sight of the building as a solution to a real-world problem. His manifesto "Yes Is More" takes the form of a giant cartoon strip, 130 meters long, that reminds people to keep thinking big -- to see all our modern problems as challenges that inspire us. His deeply-thought-out and often rather large works -- including several skyscrapers and mixed-use projects in a developing section of Copenhagen, plus a project for a new commercial harbor-island -- work to bring coherence to the urban fabric and to help their occupants and users lead better lives.
Mitchell Joachim is acknowledged as an innovator in ecological design and urban design. He is also a researcher and architectural educator. Mitchell Joachim's specific professional interest has been adapting principles of physical and social ecology to architecture, urban design, transport, and environmental planning. He is a Co-Founder at Terrefuge and Terreform ONE. Currently he is faculty at Columbia University and Parsons. He has been awarded the Moshe Safdie Research Fellowship, and the Martin Family Society Fellow for Sustainability.
Pam Omidyar and her husband and founder of eBay, Pierre, established Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Based on their conviction that every person has the power to make a difference, their work has enabled people to discover that power of difference, improve their own lives, and make lasting contributions to their communities.
Rick Erkeneff has served as the Chairman for Surfrider Foundation’s South Orange County chapter for the last four years, overseeing the chapter’s merger of two localized chapters: Laguna Beach and San Clemente. The chapter was the lead in generating media awareness and a rally call for action towards bringing out the largest attended meeting(s) in the California Coastal Commission’s history for our “Save Trestles” campaign against the for-profit Transportation Corridor Agency.
Erkeneff is a multi-talented artist, active surfer, skateboarder, snowboarder and has illustrated two published action sports children’s books in the “Harry the Bear” series. Rick has contributed his “Inside the Point” local surf & culture article series in the Dana Point News. He also is a founder/president of R&D Design and Marketing, primarily handling action sports and entertainment clients. As well, Erkeneff serves as Creative Director for Gidget Worldwide, Inc.
Rusty Long, a lifelong surfer from San Clemente, Calif., has built a solid reputation over the past decade for his impeccable skill, passion and fearlessness in surfing.
Meghan Dambacher heads up sustainability and surfboard recycling efforts through She is a 6-year Solana Beach resident who brings a touch of hippie and a dash of funk to the neighborhood… thanks to her previous residences in central California and New Orleans. She also works with kids at the San Diego Center for Children. On occasion, she can be found hitting the hill at Big Bear, but ONLY when the surf is really flat.
As a co-founder of Lisa Carpenter spearheads site improvement efforts and assists with the overall functioning of the site. She worked for 10 years as a Solana Beach Lifeguard where she developed her respect for the ocean and a ton of skin damage. She got out of the sun but was lucky to be able to bring her love for the environment and the ocean into her work in Integrative medicine at Scripps in La Jolla.
Jodie Nelson gracefully walks the line between accomplished competitor and soul surfer. Her natural charisma, athleticism and commitment to surfing and the ocean have made her one of the sport's most highly respected ambassadors. Featured in dozens of magazines over the last decade, she has received praise for her on-camera host talents for both summer and winter X-Games, some of which aired live on ABC's Wide World of Sports, her red carpet reporting for various Fuel TV Specials, and can often be found hosting many world class surfing webcasts. Jodie recently co-founded The SUP Spot, a company that specializes in promoting the sport of Stand Up Paddling through lessons, fitness bootcamps, corporate and sports team building, and premium training retreats. In March 2010, she became the first woman in history to complete a solo 39.8 mile paddle from Catalina Island to Dana Point, Calif. as part of her "Paddle With Purpose" campaign to build breast cancer awareness and funding for research/education. Since March 2010, "Paddle With Purpose" has raised over $125,000 for various organizations ranging from breast cancer treatment and prevention, to water pollution and whale/marine mammal conservation. In addition to her surfing, Jodie is an accomplished photographer, an avid traveler and accomplished musician. She currently resides in San Clemente, California.
At only 16-years-old, San Clemente, CA native, Kolohe “Brother” Andino is a rising star in the surf world, known for his progressive maneuvers and smooth style. Trestles is Kolohe's homebreak and has played a huge part in his life as a surfer. Since he stepped onto the scene at only 10 years, Kolohe secured nine men's NSSA titles, all at Trestles, holds the record for the youngest Open Men's Champion and recently clinched his inaugural ASP Pro Junior title.
Dino Andino has been surfing Trestles for over thirty years and is still a frequent figure in the line-up. In the 1980's, Dino graced the pages of top surf magazines and took home the Open Men's crown in 1985. Twenty years later, Dino's legend continues to live as his son Kolohe became the first son of a NSSA Champion to win a National Open title.
Benji Severson has been surfing Trestles for the last 25 years and considers himself fortunate to have grown up surfing in such a beautiful area. His dad, Joel Severson, and his brothers John, Jimmy, and Jerry were lifeguards in San Clemente in the 50's and surfed often from San Onofre to Cottons. Benji’s son Thomas, pictured here with Benji, will be a 3rd generation Severson to grow up surfing in and around Trestles. His hope is that Trestles will be preserved in it's current state for future generations to enjoy like the Severson family has enjoyed it.
Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder and 'chief eternal optimist' of Architecture for Humanity.
Briana Madden Briana is the Education Director at Orange County Coastkeeper, where she works to raise awareness about water quality and coastal conservation issues. As part of the Save San Onofre Coalition, Coastkeeper has conducted water quality testing in San Onofre State Park, and studied potential impacts on water quality of the proposed 241 toll road. In September 2008, Briana testified at the Department of Commerce Hearing, expressing Coastkeeper's concerns about the toll road's potential impact on the San Mateo Watershed. Briana shares Coastkeeper's goals of conserving our natural resources and recreational opportunities along our coast.
Gary Headrick has resided in San Clemente for the past 30 years, running an architectural rendering business, Headrick & Associates, raising their two children, Naomi and Nate, and contributing to the community in small ways whenever possible. When the opportunity presented itself to start a sustainability movement in San Clemente, the initial reaction was that they were far to busy to consider such a daunting task. Upon further consideration it became more clear that it was a matter of, "If not us, then who? If not now, then when?"
Kathryn Stovall-Dennis Bio Coming Soon
Barry Berg is a creative and manufacturing publishing consultant with life-long ties to the San Clemente area where his grandfather settled in 1934. Barry’s first residence as a young boy was near Trestles on the actual site of the indigenous Village of Panhe. Barry’s father Max Berg, was San Clemente’s first Citizen of the Year and historic Plaza Park is named in his honor.
The local coastline has played a major role in Barry’s life, from learning to surf at San Onofre, to a thirty-year career in the surf media, of which 24 years were spent at Surfing Magazine, as well as the inspiration for his contemporary paintings. Barry currently serves on the executive board of the San Onofre Foundation.
It has been through these very meaningful experiences that Barry has gained the deepest respect for the riches of the local environment.
Andrew Ogilvie leads the team at Nike supporting partnerships around the world with the use of sport to help fight for issues communities care about. The team focuses on nurturing social and environmental innovation through the lens of sport in a way that enables communities to collaborate with each other, unlock new resources, create advocacy platforms, and to engage with a broad range of stakeholders to expand the reach of sport for all. This project follows similar competitions Nike has supported with Architecture for Humanity in Afghanistan, Kenya, Haiti and Brazil.
Nathanial Corum, Architect and novice surfer, studied design at
Stanford University and received a Masters in Architecture from the
University of Texas at Austin culminating in a Fulbright Scholarship
to study architectural preservation and urban poverty issues in North
Africa. He is the recipient of a Rose Architectural Fellowship and
author of Building a Straw Bale House from Princeton Architectural
Press. Industry recognition for Nathaniel's work includes coverage in
Architecture, Dwell, WiredScience, NationalGeographicNews, the New
York Times and the International Herald Tribune.
Maxine Ward is a licensed architect with twelve years of wide-ranging experience in the architecture and interior design fields in both California and the United Kingdom. As a Project Architect with Studio E Architects of San Diego, Maxine focuses on a range of projects; from low income multi-family housing to mixed-use and high-rise projects to public projects. She recently completed construction of High Tech High North County, a 46,000sf charter school in San Marcos, California. She is currently working on the design of mixed-use student housing at UC Davis, part of a zero-net energy community.

In addition to her professional work, Maxine is an adjunct faculty member at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego, where she leads a graduate level design studio. She is an active board member of the San Diego Architectural Foundation and has co-chaired their popular and controversial Orchids & Onions award program multiple times. A country girl from Northern Ireland, she doesn’t claim to be much of a surfer, but appreciates the beauty and accessibility of the California coastline.

A radio personality, conservationist, and outdoorsman, Tommy Hough is the host of an environmental affairs and natural science program, called Treehuggers International on KBZT FM 94.9 in San Diego. The show is dedicated to the preservation and acquisition of parks, wilderness, and special places, especially in the Western US.
Josh Hunter served as Senior Surf Editor for TransWorld Business for four years, before recently being promoted to Editor-In-Chief. A resident of Encinitas, Hunter makes the drive through Camp Pendleton to surf Trestles frequently-especially when South swells start up..
Mike Cianciulli is an ardent surfer, traveler, and writer. His passion for writing spawned while drafting journal entries and obscure e-mails documenting his search for waves across six continents. Cianciulli’s writing has appeared in various international surf publications – both print and online. Currently, Cianciulli serves as Managing Editor at, the world’s largest surf-related website. A native to Florida, he currently resides in San Clemente but is by no means stagnant.
Brian Hannegan is a local San Clemente resident and has been surfing this area since the mid 70s. Brian is one of the leading trail and greenway designers in the West and has worked the past 20 years designing trails for numerous agencies and cities. Brian has worked with the National Parks Service, State Parks, County Open Space, City Park and Recreation Departments, Rails with Trails and Rails-to-Trails, and Special Park Districts. Brian works for RRM Design Group's Southern California Office and has been involved with the design of the California Coastal Trail, Santa Ana River Trail, San Luis Rey River Trail, the Coastal Rail Trail in San Diego County to name a few. His 20 years of project experience includes landscape architectural design, urban design and planning, city parks and greenway design, open space master plans, Interpretive trail planning and design, and trail and bikeway design. Brian currently serves on the design review committee and a speaker for California Trails and Greenways, volunteers with Adopt a Beach Program with the City of San Clemente, member of Surfrider Foundation, and a volunteer on many local community causes. Central to his experience with trail design projects is his ability to work with diverse groups, his commitment to creating healthy communities through parks and trails, and his genuine enthusiasm for preserving the coastal environment.
Mike Hutaff Michael Hutaff, AIA, is a licensed Architect and LEED® AP who works for the award winning firm, RRM Design Group, out of San Clemente, CA. His varied portfolio of work throughout Orange County and Southern California includes projects ranging from schools to residential and public safety. In addition to his professional pursuits, Mr. Hutaff aspires to serve his local community by restoring, rebuilding and renewing neighborhoods at home and abroad. He was honored to work on the initial phases of the Safe Trestles competition and to now serve as a member of its’ jury.
Howard Blackson is the Director of Planning at Placemakers.
Kurt Magness is an architect and principal of Kurt Magness Architects based in Santa Barbara and Hawaii.
Corinne Lloyd Moody, AIA, LEED AP is an Architect, educator and a guest critic at local architectural schools in San Diego. As an Associate at the award winning firm, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE based in San Diego, Corinne has been designing and building for 10 years in the San Diego Community which has inspired a reverence for the place, people and culture of San Diego’s coastline. Her work consists of single- and multi- family housing, mixed use, high-rise and retail. She is currently responsible for the design and construction of one of UCSD’s most groundbreaking sustainable Housing villages. For years she has chaired San Diego's Design Lecture series and has been published in Architect Magazine for founding an award-winning mentorship program at Carrier Johnson. She is also the president of San Diego technology startup, Node-Nine,Inc and an amateur surfer.
Ricardo Nicol is a retired architect having practiced in southern Orange County for 45 years. He has lived in San Clemente since 1958 and having learned to surf at 30, he is still loving it even at 75 years young.

Cole Gerst is a graphic artist and painter in Los Angeles, California. Originally from the deep south of Albany, Georgia, he grew up surrounded by many outsider and folk artists, including his grandfather, a respected local craftsman. After studying at the Atlanta College of Art, Cole moved to Los Angeles. In the past he was the Art Director of House of Blues Entertainment, where he contributed to all of the visual creative endeavors, from art directing the branding and corporate identity, to designing and illustrating artwork for promotional items for each musical performance. He now heads up the firm, option-g, which is a multidisciplinary design firm which provides illustration, graphic design, art commissions and animation to the music and entertainment industry.
Garry W. Brown is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Coastkeeper (OCCK). As a native of Orange County, Garry has in-depth knowledge of marine and water runoff issues as well as water supply issues. Prior to opening OCCK in March 1999, Garry served as an Assistant City Manager, an advocate and executive director of trade associations in the real estate and building industries, and twice as president of a chamber of commerce. In 2001 he founded the Orange County League of Conservation Voters. Mr. Brown graduated with a degree in Government from the University of Redlands and sits on the Board of Directors of numerous state and local environmental organizations.
Jason Murray has been documenting his world for over 2 decades. Raised on saltwater, skinned knees and a healthy appetite for exploration, he's been both witness and active participant in the evolution of the boarding universe. After graduating from UCSC in 1997 with a Masters Degree in Applied Economics and Finance, Jason traded in his calculator for a camera and began his career with Surfer Magazine as the Photographic Editor, a position he would hold until 2003. As a founding member of Concussion Magazine, he's not only crafted magazines but helped start them from the ground up. Film Credits include Salad Days and Jim's Ramp Jam. Jason has lived in San Clemente for 13 years with his wife and two young sons, and spends many days of each summer surfing and shooting trestles.
Ben Kollmeyer is the Chief Technical Officer at Forensic Analytical Consulting Serivces. He oversees quality assurance and research and development activities. Conducts investigations and provides management and oversight on a variety of projects involving occupational and community exposures to hazardous agents.
Norb Garrett is the SVP Group Publisher of the Action Sports Group in San Clemente. The ASG includes leading action sports magazines Surfer, Surfing, Snowboarder, Powder, Bike and Canoe & Kayak, their Web sites, ASG Events and TV programming. Norb is also owner of the San Clemente Times newspaper and Picket Fence Media. Norb and his family have lived in San Clemente for the past 10 years.
Michael DiTullo is a designer and passionate advocate for design. In addition to his work for Nike Inc, he is a contributor for the well-known design resource, Core77. He lectures at corporations, universities, and conferences on the effect, value, and how too’s of design. Michael started his career at Evo Design where he worked on projects for a wide array of clients. DiTullo holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His work has garnered international awards and has been featured in many media outlets.


| Jury Process |

In April 2010, we will hold an online jury review. Initially, volunteers will review each entry to eliminate any entries that do not meet all the criteria and guidelines set out in the competition. Then jury members will go through each entry to select the top schemes.

The jury will select 4-5 winners and honorable mention citations from the Phase 1 portion of the competition. We will award prizes for Most Innovative, Most Environmentally Sensitive, and Best Educational Component. This first-phase jury will take place during the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro at Trestles in May 2010, and People’s Choice Awards for amateur and professional teams will also be presented then. Honorable Mention citations may not include a prize.

Phase-two finalists will receive $5,000 stipends to work with local stakeholders to develop their ideas before submitting revised designs for a final jury that will take place during the Hurley Pro at the Lower Trestles surfing event in September. The winning design will require further review and collaboration with the local community, Navy, Marines, transit district, and local and state agencies. It is our hope that the selected plan will provide a vision for the future of Trestles.

This is an ideas competition. The Phase-two winner will be awarded a design contract for Safe Trestles. Architecture for Humanity and Nike 6.0 have no intention to award construction contracts as a result of this competition. Winners should consider their award strictly as recognition of excellent work in this competition.

A large selection of the competition entries, including all of the award winners, will be exhibited at the US Open of Surfing in August 2010. All entries will be available on the Open Architecture Network for viewing (see "Exhibition and Publication," below).


| Selection Criteria |

Selection criteria will include:

  • Originality of design
  • Responds to objectives as laid out in the brief
  • Responds to constraints of the site and its context
  • Clarity of presentation materials


Competition Details

  • Name: Safe Trestles
  • Host: Architecture for Humanity
  • Type: Public
  • Registration Deadline: April 17, 2010
  • Submission Deadline: April 17, 2010
  • Entry Fee: $20
  • Award: up to 5 Finalists: each awarded Phase 2 design stipend of $5,000.00+
  • Contact: alix o
  • Status: Winners Annouced

About Our Partners


San Onofre Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide education, protection, and preservation for the California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.

Architecture for Humanity is a charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need. We believe that where resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable and collaborative design can make a difference.

Rebuild is the San Diego chapter of Architecture for Humanity, providing solutions to problems that face communities on a local and global level through participation in design competitions, initiating their own projects, and working together with other humanitarian and non-profit organizations.


Nike 6.0 defines innovation and embodies the creativity of youth, united by action. Nike 6.0 delivers footwear and apparel to support the new generation of action sports athletes who are changing the worlds of surf, snow, ski, BMX, wake and moto. Their unlimited potential and contagious energy deliver the future through performance and lifestyle.