Surfrider Beach
Surfrider Beach
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One of twenty-four beaches in Malibu. Very popular with surfers.
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC24,906 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
This is where surfing took off in the US and because of recent storm, they had some very nice long waves that rolled by around the lagoon. But no monsters. There were also people swimming and laying out. Very popular place with minimal parking which is a bummer.
Written January 8, 2023
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annacapa
Los Angeles, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Friends
This world surfing reserve (first ever!) is fragile. Make sure you don't swim in the water within 72 hours after a rain storm. The homes in Malibu use aging septic tanks that leach poo and the like into the water table. A storm saturates the ground leaching septic tank goo and storm runoff into this beach. Even on dry days, check online for the water rating.
A General Beach Water Quality overview by NRDC: http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/200beaches.asp

DO enjoy the surf, but beginners, take lessons elsewhere, this is an advanced surf spot.
DO wear/buy good sunglasses with UV protection.
DO bring water in a re-usable water bottle. You'll look like a respectable local.
DO reduce, re-use, recycle food and drink containers you bring to the beach.
DO put money in the meter! (parking lot - free street parking)
DO watch the surfers. These folks are amazing athletes and put on a great show.
DO use the public restroom when you have to go. (not the ocean)
DO stay on the trails in the marsh.
DO check the tides, there are some great tide pools at low tide.

DON'T COLLECT SHELLS. These are part of the beach and become sand eventually.
DON'T be a kook.
DON'T trash the beach.

http://surfriderwlam.org/
http://www.msasurfing.org/
Written January 4, 2012
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Adam A
Beverly Hills, CA83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
Not the best beach in Malibu, but one of the better spots to sun, swim, eat and people watch. The waves are crowded so unless you can hold your own with the best be weary. Swimming is limited to the pier area, but typically it is calmer there so it is kid friendly. There are a few options to rent paddle boards, kayaks, etc. and it is really nice to get "out there" without having to lug around all the gear. Always an interesting crowd with great people watching and right next to the pier which has some really good dining and a few cool shops. Be warned, parking is a nightmare...
Written September 13, 2017
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Orion_240
Los Angeles, CA5,434 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Solo
I visited Malibu Point today for the first time in about 2 years. It's $8 on weekdays for the few parking spots in the lot that might be vacant, $10 on weekends.
I found out that they no longer allow swimming and bodyboarding out at 3rd Point. The surfers have completely taken over the entire beach where bigger waves break.
There used to be no surfboards allowed way out at the rightmost point, but I guess with the increased popularity of surfing and SUP that they have decided to give the surfers the entire beach.
What a bummer!

If you are thinking about catching some waves while body surfing or boogie boarding the lifeguards will kick you out of the water. I'm an expert body boarder and was catching some prime waves at 2nd where there were just a few other surfers enjoying the small swell, but the lifeguard kept yelling at me! None of the surfers had an issue with me and we'd actually been sharing the waves and talking about how clear the water was.

They were also conducting surf camps there, with dozens and dozens of kids learning how to surf. It is a great site for that now. But the days of catching a few uncrowded waves are over for that place.

It might be okay to try it in the early morning before the lifeguards get there but as far as I'm concerned they have killed Surfrider for swimming, bodyboarding and bodysurfing. RIP!
Written July 28, 2011
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Clint M
Roswell, GA200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Solo
This is a quintessential California surf spot. The people out there were very friendly and I never felt like an outsider. I will be returning here every time I come to LA. Rent your board from Malibu Surf Shack. The owner Sean could not be nicer and more helpful!
Written April 26, 2014
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Denise D
Agoura Hills, CA880 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Solo
This is the classic "Gidget" surfer movie spot in Malibu. Easy break and a "preserved" surf spot. This is a "surf-only" location so leave the boogie boards at home. There is normally a mix of locals and folks visiting from around the world. Probably the most consistent working wave in Malibu with showers and bathrooms. There are hotels and places to eat located within walking distance. There is paid parking at the beach, however, it fills up fast, but not as fast as the free parking on the PCH.
Written March 22, 2013
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AiZeeKay
New York City, NY24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Solo
Nice beach, clean, and with working restroom facilities. What's not so hot is that there are some homeless men sleeping there sometimes. It's not that anyone bothered me, it's that it's mind-boggling that in a community as rich as Malibu, people have to resort to sleeping on the beach.
Written March 11, 2012
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Kelly
Toronto, Canada330 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
This beach is quite busy. We stopped here along our drive up the PCH from LA to San Fran. We parked alongside be road where all the cars were and it’s free. The beach was a short walk. There are bathrooms but they’re quite dirty. The washing stations did not work. The beach was pretty clean and it was fun watching all of the surfers!
Written September 20, 2018
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Christopher M
Brookfield, WI200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
The surfing was amazing to watch. They dedicate a portion of the beach for surfers. The beach to swim was on the small side. It felt crowded even on a Monday. The access points from the street you need to walk down a sandy hill, which can be tough when carrying items. There is a pier right next to the beach with a cute shop, ice cream vendor, and Malibu farms organic cafe. We stayed at the Surfrider hotel and enjoyed the beach from their rooftop deck. We went on evening walks at this beach and did our ocean swimming for a day at Zuma beach.
Written July 24, 2018
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Chiara K
United Kingdom11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017
I love the beach, but this one really stole my heart, along with Santa Monica. It's just so peaceful. The food on Malibu Pier was absolutely gorgeous and I'm so excited to go back. At the end of the day, I sat and watched the surfers on the water as the sun went down and it was one of the best days of my life. I would highly recommend.
Written July 12, 2018
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