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Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Malibu

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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. Located in Malibu, California, it was dedicated as the first World Surfing Reserve on October 9, 2010. The 110acre site was established as a California state park in 1951.Natural historyMalibu 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.SurfingMalibu 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 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.
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  • They have done a beautiful job restoring the wetlands here. You can see many species of birds and the tidepools are beautiful. BUT I saw many people sticking their hands INTO the living tide pools and...  more »
  • definitely worth visiting in summer with surfers in action but very beautiful even in winter with very interesting local wildlife
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  • I went with my husband and teenagers today. The weather was wonderful and the views were stunning. It was a nice surprise how our teenagers quit texting and quit with the Snapchat for the two hours we...  more »