Famous for producing some of the largest rideable waves along the California coast, the beloved Ghost Trees is now officially off limits to personal watercraft. This recent ruling by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), in conjunction with officials at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, was long expected as the protected sanctuary has become increasingly crowded with personal watercraft over the past few years. In an effort to protect the environment and the surrounding marine life, the decision was made to close off the entire sanctuary to personal watercraft, meaning there will be no more tow-in surfing at Ghost Trees or Moss Landing. With multiple contenders for the Billabong XXL awards using Ghost Trees as a venue over the past few years, the spot will surely be missed as the next award ceremony rolls around. Situated off the prestigious golf course, Pebble Beach, Ghost Trees will only be open to paddle surfers for the forseeable future. Things should get interesting during the first big swell, as we’re sure to hear of a few guys who challenge the restrictions the first time the spot starts cranking. At the same time the Ghost Trees decision was handed down, a similar block on Maverick’s was posted, with the exception of days when the NOAA high surf advisory is issued. While big wave paddle purists and environmentalists celebrate the new restriction, the tow-in community laments the loss. Ghost Trees, you will be missed.