When people refer to Malibu they typically are referring to Surfrider Beach on Pacific Coast Highway (US 1) in the town of Malibu. This spot is as iconic to surfing as Duke K and it’s popularity is only dwarfed by the wave quality. Regarded as one of the world class breaks in Southern California, 100’s of surfers descend on this place on a given Summer weekend and it’s not uncommon to have 500 plus surfers in the water on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Although crowds do thin slightly during the week, when the surf is crankin’ the break is packed giving it the well deserved nickname “Malizoo”.
The cobblestone sea floor keeps the wave quality consistent while a S/SW swell is the desire direction. When the surf kicks up, it is not uncommon to get 100 yard rides. There are a variety of different waves at Malibu with the steeper faster ones coming in on the outside section while slower mushier surf rolls through as you get closer to the pier. While most surfers are riding longboard surfboards, smaller boards will work depending on wave size and where you paddle out. Malibu does have some localism but with large amount of surfers, it’s hard to enforce. Just be respectful and watch out for others and you will have a great time.
Is Malibu a good spot for beginners? This is a good spot if you stay towards the inside and jump on some of the shoulders that run through. With a basic understanding of surfing etiquette, you should have no problem catching a few slow rollers coming through. Another alternative for beginner's is Sunset surf break a few miles to the south.