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Sink the Breakwater

Sink the Breakwater Bring Back the Waves! The goal is to reconfigure the current Long Beach breakwater which prevents the natural flow of ocean currents in Long Beach Harbor. With the closure of the U.S. Navy base, the Long Beach breakwater has lost its original purpose. It’s time to get rid of the breakwater and bring back our beach community.  Please read through this information gathered to learn all about the past, present and our view of the future of the breakwater.

For more information check out these links:

Download the Breakwater Brochure

Read all about the Breakwater Facts

See what our City Council Members think of the breakwater.

Check out City of Long Beach’s official site for the Long Beach Breakwater Project (aka “East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration”).

Read the multiple studies that have recently been done on the breakwater.

Also follow the Breakwater News below to keep up with all the latest information.

Article by Surfline.

Breakwater Movie Online Release

A recent movie about the Long Beach Breakwater and efforts to reconfigure it has been released online in commemoration of recently deceased beach activist Robert Palmer.  A significant portion of the movie is interviews or Robert Palmer, both on his boat, on the beach, and at Surfrider meetings. The film is made by Shenandoah Bennett and his team and available here.

“This documentary investigates the origins of, and controversy behind, a massive structure built in the 1940s that has changed the character of the city of Long Beach, California, and its shore for over six decades. Discover why this giant rock wall was built, why it is still there, what is being done about it, and who are the people engaged in the either remove, modify, or keep it.


Breakwater Awareness Month – June 2017

Join us in our efforts to bring waves back to Long Beach by supporting the 8th Annual Breakwater Awareness Month.  There will be two events, starting with a Paddle Out for the Waves.  It’ll be on Saturday June 3rd, 11AM – 1PM at the Granada Launch Ramp. Bring something that floats, and paddle out about 40 yards from shore to commemorate our lost waves and celebrate their return.

The second event is our annual General Meeting focusing on the Sink the Breakwater Campaign.  It will be held on Thursday June 22nd, 7PM – 8:30PM, at Made (238 Pine Ave., downtown Long Beach). We’ll explain the ins & outs of the ongoing Army Corps of Engineers’ East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. It’ll be important to remind the Army Corps of the importance of a Breakwater Alternative that restores the historical ecosystem that existed before the breakwater.

More details at our facebook event page

Surfing Waves as an Economic Generator

Oxford University says good waves generate an estimated $50 billion per year. provides a good summary article here. “Yes, you read that right. Before your brain combusts from the esoteric academic language, look at the numbers – 5-to-the-0 capital B, billion. By no means are we astute economists, but $50 billion seems like a lot of bread for little ol’ surfing.”



Breakwater Project in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal posted an article on the Breakwater Project.

…”We would like to take the whole thing down,” he said. “We need to get people and kids back playing in the water”…

Images from Paddle Out in Memory of the Waves on June 4, 2016

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All photos by our Surfrider Foundation pro-bono photographer, Mr. Wes Harding.

Cal Poly Report on Breakwater

A new study about the Long Beach Breakwater is available from a recent Cal Poly graduate, Mr. Victor Flores.

LB Chapter Comment Letter on Breakwater Feasibility Study

The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has sent a detailed comment letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers about the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study.  It describes the Surfrider Alternative to restoring the historical ecosystem by reconfiguring the Long Beach Breakwater, bringing back waves, and mitigating for impacts.  The letter also goes into detail how the Army Corps should not be attempting “enhancement” alternatives, which go against Army Corps rules and would not likely be supported by LB locals and the US Congress.

Breakwater Opinion Piece

by Josh Barut, Surfrider member

According to the MLS, in 2015, the average home sale price in Long Beach was $594,795. In Huntington Beach, it was a little under $1 million, and in Seal Beach, just over $1 million. Would it be realistic for homeowners in Long Beach to expect the values of their investments to catch up to those of comparable properties in these cherished beach communities, were the breakwater to get taken down? Maybe not, but it’s safe to say that if there’s an increase in the amount of people who want to buy homes in Long Beach, there will be an increase of what people are willing to pay for homes in Long
Beach. And that, of course, means that there would in turn be an increase in what homes in Long Beach are worth.

Breakwater Study in the News

The Long Beach Post and the Press Telegram had articles about the San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Project.  This is an active issue with more to come.

Before & After the Breakwater

Here’s an image of what Long Beach could look like with restoration of the wave driven ecosystem.  The image was created by the Zell Office of Landscape Architecture for the Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter