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Celebrate: Malibu officially historic!

Chas Smith

by Chas Smith

"The place surf culture started!"

I’ve got a busy day planned which includes lunch, some light editing and getting a teardrop tattooed just below my left eye but before all that I think it is important to bring you the news that Malibu is the first surf spot in the United States to officially join the Register of Historic Places.

Malibu beat out Waikiki, Huntington Beach, Santa Cruz and New Smyrna for the honor and maybe this should not come as a surprise seeing that Malibu’s city planner calls it “the place surf culture started.”

The designation, including Malibu Pier, Surfrider Beach, Malibu Lagoon State Beach and surf breaks at First, Second and Third Points, means the area is able to receive tax incentives and grants that go toward its preservation. In receiving the honor Malibu had to prove it was old enough to be considered “historic” and has remained unchanged for the most part and has some historical significance.

Those do not seem like overly arduous hurdles to clear and I would also like to nominate Georges in Cardiff by the Sea. It seems old and unchanged plus I once shared a surf there with Damo Hobgood and had a historic amount of fun.

Back to my teardrop tattoo, I know they traditionally come in black but I was thinking mine would look good in pink. What do you think?