Surfer's Point Shoreline Management

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Surfer's Point, located at Seaside Park in the City of San Buenaventura, approximately 30 miles southeast of Santa Barbara, is one of the most popular coastal recreation areas in California's Ventura County. In recent decades, severe erosion of artificial fill has degraded public access and use, including the collapse of a significant portion of a public bike path and parking lot. A multi-agency task force, including the City of San Buenaventura, Surfrider Foundation Ventura Chapter, BEACON, California Coastal Conservancy, Ventura County Fairgrounds, and others, was developed to agree on a practical, long-term solution for the restoration of Surfer's Point.

ESA provided coastal engineering for the preliminary and final design of approximately 1,800 linear feet of back beach shoreline restoration to more natural conditions using native materials, grading and planting, and maintenance of public access recreation opportunities. We recommended facility setback distances based on an extreme wave run-up analysis considering several existing and future restoration scenarios. ESA also developed detailed construction documents to build a cobble and sand berm in an effort to balance restoration of natural conditions with recreational needs. Phase 1 of the restoration is funded by the State of California, and ESA will monitor project performance upon completion. Surfer's Point near the mouth of the Ventura River combines a managed retreat of infrastructure and facilities with a cobble and beach nourishment project to mimic the natural environment, provide space for coastal processes, and enhance habitat and recreational opportunities.

This project is featured on the NOAA website in the Shoreline Management: Managed Retreat area. This project received the 2012 American Society of Engineers Region 9 Outstanding Bikeways & Trails Project Award. 

Specialized Services

  • Coastal flood forecasting
  • Design specifications and construction bid packages
  • Development feasibility (constraints/opportunities, due diligence)
  • Engineering design and construction documents
  • Geomorphic assessments
  • Monitoring
  • Permitting assistance
  • Sea level rise adaptation studies and vulnerability assessments
  • Sediment transport studies
  • Shoreline and coastal plans