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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.

East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Signing Ceremony 11/30 10am

 (or the Waves in Long Beach Breakwater Study!)

You are cordially invited to the signing ceremony for the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study (formerly the Long Beach Breakwater Project).  This event will celebrate the official agreement between the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Long Beach to conduct a feasibility study of the East San Pedro Bay.  The goal is to identify opportunities for ecosystem restoration, water quality improvements and increased wave activity.  Please join Mayor Bob Foster and Colonel Mark Toy of the Army Corps for this momentous occasion.

The ceremony will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2010; between 10 and 11AM at Bluff Park, on the south side of Ocean Boulevard, between Cherry and Junipero Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Breakwater Film by Grant Eads

Mother Wants Her Beauty Back Film

Watch and learn.  Most comprehensive short film about the Long Beach Breakwater.

Surfrider Has It’s Own Martini

Long Beach Surfrider Foundation activist, John Apodaca, has invented his own martini to celebrate the Sink the Breakwater Campaign.  He says it tastes much better than the water off our shores and recommend you try it at home.  A clip of John and his buddy Mark on the internet radio show “Martini in the Morning” is available online at  In the clip they’re introducing the Surfrider Cocktail and giving a plug for the Surfrider Foundation.

Breakwater Study Moves Forward to Feasibility Study!

June 22, 2010
Thank you to all the residents, community leadership and Surfrider members who came out to the City Hall tonight. For many of us, after 14 years of activism this was a great moment and watching the democratic process work was wonderful and rewarding (though the public comments period throughout the meeting was, lets say, interesting). On behalf of over 1500 Long Beach Chapter members, thank you City Council, one day we hope to see you on the beach (in Long Beach not Huntington or Seal) as we watch and ride the surf as it hits our shore again……… 

Here is the voting results from the June 22 City Council Meeting:

District Name Motion: Become a local sponsor for the breakwater feasibility study and allocate $2.5 million from the Tideland fund toward the study
1 Robert Garcia YES
2 Suja Lowenthal YES
3 Gary DeLong YES
4 Patrick O’Donnell YES
5 Gerrie Schipske ABSENT
6 Dee Andrews YES
7 Tonia Reye Uranga
8 Rae Gablich YES
9 Val Larch YES

“In the Memory of the Waves” Paddle Out 5/22/2010

As one of the “Breakwater Awareness Month” events sponsored by the 4th District City Councilman, Patrick O’Donnell, we paddled out in memory of the waves.  About 100 people showed up, some paddled out, some watched on the beach.  It was pretty windy, but everybody had a good time.

Continue reading “In the Memory of the Waves” Paddle Out 5/22/2010

Breakwater Interview-562CityLife

Breakdown the breakwater? The LB chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has been leading the charge to either break down or reconfigure the breakwater. We’ll be joined by Jaz Kaner and Brett Beck of the Surfrider Foundation to check in on this issue, and see where it’s headed….

Brett Beck and Jaz Kaner from the Long Beach Chapter represented!  Click here to listen (about 18 minutes in).

Breakwater Awareness Month

Office of Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell
April 28, 2010

“Breakwater Awareness Month” and Three Upcoming Events
As you know, the Long Beach Breakwater is a federal structure which was originally built for the City’s naval base. Since the closing of the base, numerous advocacy groups have asserted that reconfiguring the Breakwater can improve water quality, as well as provide recreation opportunities and economic benefits to the City.

Continue reading Breakwater Awareness Month

Breakwater Interview Piece

This is an interview about the Long Beach Breakwater by Shenandoah Bennett.  Along time breakwater fighter, Seamus Innes is in it.  Listen!

Shenandoah Bennett Interview

Surf in Long Beach 1/21/2010

This unusual weather brought us rare surfable waves in Long Beach!  Check out footage of Long Beach residents surfing in Belmont Shore.

Video by Smuel Lippke

Video by Kate Jones – Third in Line Production

Pictures by Chad Cress, click to see them all! –

“State of the Breakwater” Meeting

When:  February 8, Monday 7-8:30pm

Where: Ecco’s Pizza 2123 N. Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA

What: State of the Long Beach Breakwater Update
Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell will host a public meeting to discuss the vision and next steps for Long Beach’s Breakwater Reconnaissance Study.  The study, which was approved by the Council in 2005 and funded in July of 2007, in part of two-step effort to identify how breakwater modifications will help improve water quality and improve recreational opportunities.  This meeting will include an update from the City Manager’s Government Affairs staff.  This is a free event.