Malibu Lagoon State Beach

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Malibu Lagoon State Beach
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Malibu Lagoon State Beach on a calm day
Map showing the location of Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Map showing the location of Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Location Los Angeles County, California, USA
Nearest city Malibu, California
Coordinates 34°2′0″N 118°40′45″W / 34.03333°N 118.67917°W / 34.03333; -118.67917Coordinates: 34°2′0″N 118°40′45″W / 34.03333°N 118.67917°W / 34.03333; -118.67917
Area 110 acres (45 ha)
Established 1951
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Malibu Lagoon State Beach is a state protected beach of California, United States, and a unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Also known as Surfrider Beach, it has a long-standing reputation as a premier surfing beach.[1] Located in Malibu, California, it was dedicated as the first World Surfing Reserve on October 9, 2010.[2] The 110-acre (45 ha) site was established as a California state park in 1951.[3]

Natural history[edit]

Malibu Lagoon is an estuary at the mouth of Malibu Creek at the Pacific Ocean in Malibu. It is being restored by a multiagency partnership. Migratory birds use the lagoon when on the Pacific Flyway.

Surfing[edit]

Malibu Lagoon is a famous right-break that had a big impact on the surfing culture in Southern California in the 1960s. Located near the Malibu Pier, it is among the most popular surf spots in Los Angeles County. The shoreline is usually triple-cornered due to the buildup of silt, sand, and cobble at the mouth of the creek. The tapering, smooth-breaking waves are recognized among surfers worldwide as the gold standard for summertime "point" surf.

Malibu Lagoon has three primary surfing areas. First Point has waves popular with longboarders[4] and shortboarders during bigger swells. Second Point is used for high performance surfing. It has a main takeoff that lines up and connects into the inside called the "kitty bowl". Third Point has a left and right side. On the south swells most common in late August and September, surfers can ride all the way to the pier.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McKinney, John. "Malibu Beach Trail". Day Hiker's Guide to California State Parks. California State Parks. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Malibu World Surfing Reserve Dedication". World Surfing Reserves. 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  3. ^ California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10. California State Parks. p. 16. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Surf Break Maps: Malibu Point, Malibu, Los Angeles County, California". Socalsurf.com. 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 

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