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Historic Designation of Malibu Petition

Please join us to support listing the Malibu Historic District (Los Angeles County, CA) in the National Register of Historic Places; recognizing its worldwide contributions to surfing’s history and culture.
From 1945 through 1959, Malibu played an integral role in the development of surfboard design and production, in addition to surfing style. The long rides offered by Malibu’s smaller, well–shaped waves (one of the world's “original perfect waves”) placed it as a center of the evolution of surfing style and technology, as well as a cultural evolution of what surfers looked like –– in and out of the water. Malibu surfers perfected a relaxed, but aggressive, “cool” style of surfing and many of the era’s best came from, or regularly surfed at, Malibu. Their accomplishments helped bring surfing into a modern age, and earned Malibu an international reputation as a destination for high–performance surfing.

Although new ideas of surfing were developing worldwide, Malibu served as a cultural, technological, and intellectual arena for its expert surfers and surfboard shapers. It was a focusing point for surfboard design theory, the deconstruction of surfing style, and the development of a lifestyle that defined its era of surfing while serving as a template for the next. Malibu, then, is associated with the broader history of surfing; it is an important California locale which represents an evolution of modern surfing both in the minds of surfers and the general public.

The Malibu Historic District -- comprising the First, Second, and Third Point surf breaks and the Malibu Pier as contributing historic resources -- is entirely contained on public property, contains both land and nearshore resources, and is small in size compared to other marine protected areas. The District contains large portions of the popular Surfrider Beach (owned by the County of Los Angeles) and Malibu Lagoon State Beach (owned by California State Parks) areas, which together receive more than 3.5 million visitors annually. A National Register listing will not impact public access, safety, or the current uses of these areas. The listing will also have no environmental impact.

State and national recognition of these exceptional surfing areas is important to understanding the broad patterns of our history and promotes a richer interpretation of our coastal environment.

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