Surfers are always seeking the best surf spots around the world, and often end up in Malibu. This coastal city has a long surfing history, and there are spots throughout Malibu that are world renowned for surfing.
You’ll typically find surfers on the water in Malibu about 150 days out the year, making it a consistent surf spot. However, the best breaks takes place from late summer to early fall when Pacific Ocean storms bring in large swells.
Waves are usually between two and four feet, unless there’s a storm bringing once-in-a-lifetime waves, such as the 20-footers that a three-day storm wrought in March 2014. And later that same year in August, when Hurricane Marie caused Big Wednesday type swells, and had surf pros such as Laird Hamilton, Kelly Slater, Allen Sarlo, Reef Mcintosh, and Joel Tudor out (see videos at end of post).
Whether you’re a newbie trying to catch your first wave or an expert who’s here to train for a competition, there’s plenty of space in the sea for surfers of all kinds.
Here are Some of the Best Surf Spots in Malibu
Malibu Surfrider Beach
When you think of Malibu surfing, this iconic beach instantly comes to mind. This popular surf spot lies between the Malibu Lagoon and Malibu Pier, and is part of Malibu Lagoon State Beach.
Surfrider Beach is known for its long, right-hand break—popular for surfers of all levels, but you won’t find too many rookies out in these world-class waves.
This section of Malibu is known for three surf breaks: First, Second and Third Point.
First-Point is known for its long, even breaking wave–perfect for longboarders. Second Point is a bit unruly with bigger waves, and Third Point, located further out, has the biggest break. Needless to say, shortboarders usually stick with Second and Third points, especially on crowded days.
Look for the signs for designated swimming, and surfing areas so you don’t run over anybody. You can also check out the Malibu Lagoon Museum and learn all about the birth of surfing and local history. You can find parking in the lot next to the Adamson House, or along the PCH.
Famous Zuma Beach is located just north of Point Dume, Malibu.The “Baywatch” television series was filmed here. The surf at Zuma Beach has a wide variety of waves, making it a suitable beach for surfers of differing skill levels. Zuma’s swells are at their best in the summertime.
You can park for free along the PCH and walk to the shoreline, or you can pay for parking in the lot near the beach. The water here does tend to be a little colder, so think about bringing your wetsuit.
County line is located at the Northernmost point of Malibu, where Malibu meets Ventura. Across from the iconic restaurant Neptunes Net, County Line has something for everyone. The beach break is often softer and better for beginners, while the right-hand Point Break at the Northern tip of County Line offers the best-shaped waves for more experienced surfers.
On big days, County Line can handle the larger amount of swell and can offer extremely good conditions during the year. And, due to its position in Northern Malibu, it generally captures more swell than the rest of Malibu, Particularly in Winter.
On the average days, County Line offers soft waves and refined rights along the point, as well as plenty of space for sun-bathers and sand castles.
Topanga Beach is a great beach for surfing that’s a little off the beaten path. Here, you’ll find waves breaking on rocky terrain and also on beds of sand.
If you’re searching for a longer ride, the break at Topanga is your ticket. It’s a popular spot among established surfers but they’re friendly enough to accept some newbies too.
This beach is also less crowded than some of the other more popular beaches in the area, but still has amenities nearby, like bathrooms, shops, and dining.
Most surf spots throughout Malibu are very popular, so you’ll want to be aware of your surroundings. Be polite and courteous to other surfers and use common sense.
Hopefully you can hang 10, and enjoy an Endless Summer at one of the best surf spots in Malibu.
And here’s two videos showing the huge waves that hit Malibu two years ago.