Category Archives: Malibu

The weather will soon turn colder, and sweatshirts, beanies and boots replace bikinis, sun hats and being barefoot.  If cold nippy air isn’t your cup of tea, do like the birds do and head South!

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SurfAid, the organization that is dedicated to improving the health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated surf zones is holding their second annual SurfAid Cup at Malibu, California on Saturday, September 7th, 2013.

There’s still time for you to round up a team and compete.

The SurfAid Cup will be part of the MSA Classic Invitational, which is presented by the Malibu Surfing Association from September 7th – 9th. The SurfAid Cup at Malibu follows the enormous success of the BlackBerry SurfAid Cup events in Australia in Sydney and Margaret River.

The tag-team competition will involve eight teams, with a minimum of $5,000 to enter. Each SurfAid Cup team in order of their fundraising total will get to pick a pro surfer to join them, for a total of five surfers per team. The teams will then compete in one-hour heats, with four teams battling out the final.

Last year, the Malibu Mavericks team, with four-time ASP World Champion Lisa Andersen onboard, won the SurfAid Cup Malibu in one-to-two foot surf. Eight teams raised more than $60,000 for SurfAid with WindanSea winning the fundraising trophy.

Pro surfers who have confirmed they will compete include three-time ASP world champion Tom Curren, four-time ASP women’s world champion Lisa Andersen, 1976 world champion Peter Townend, 1977 world champion Shaun Tomson, and Courtney Conlogue, who is currently rated number four on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.

All funds raised go towards building stronger communities in the Mentawai, Nias, Telos and Banyak Islands, off Sumatra, Indonesia.

For more information on how to fundraise and register a team, go here.

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This Time Tomorrow, the latest film from Taylor Steele which made its world premiere headliner at the New York Surf Film Festival this past September, will premiere at The Malibu Inn tomorrow night, Thursday, November 8, 2012. A live performance by punk surf band Agent Orange will follow.

The film follows Dave Rastovich and Craig Anderson as they chase last year’s infamous “Condition Black” swell from Tahiti to Mexico to California to Alaska, surfing the same waves in each location. It’s a crazy and exciting run, and the film really conveys the “happiness through exhaustion” that Rasta noted about the filming of the movie.

The film documents an epic pacific swell chase over 8 days and 18,000 miles traveled. Rasta and Ando track waves generated from this single storm in an exhausting attempt to surf the same wave twice as they go Eastward through the Pacific. They head through Teahupo’o to endless points breaks of Mexico and onwards toward a frosty Arctic conclusion. They also catch up with friends Kelly Slater, Chris del Moro, Alex Grey and Dan Molloy in their journey.

This Time Tomorrow Film Premier starts at 9:00pm.

Agent Orange, one of the first bands to mix punk rock with surf music, will perform afterwards at 10:30pm.

There will be raffle prizes throughout the night, from Billabong, FreedomArtist, BubuLulu, Go Pro, and yours truly, Becker Surf. We will also have a local night’s sale at our Becker Malibu store from 6-8pm before the film.

Proceeds from the raffle will go towards Jimmy Gamboa’s Therasurf. THERAsurf is committed to the belief that there is healing energy in the power of the ocean. The goal is to provide children with special needs the opportunity to benefit from that positive energy by safely getting them into the water, and up on waves.

Event Details:
Where: The Malibu Inn, 22969 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265
Doors at 8:00pm

All Ages from 8pm to after the film. 18 and over after the film.

$10 before 9pm and $15 after 9pm.

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Now that our original and first Becker Surf store in Hermosa Beach (Pier Avenue) is sporting its sweet renovation, we’re moving onto our next project, the Malibu store! We’re stoked about its new facelift and will be celebrating it with a grand re-opening!

Mark your calendars for May 19th from 1-5pm. There will be giveaways, contests, music, and more!

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Surfers have long had a stereotypical reputation of being laid-back and non-confrontational. But, based on the Malibu City Council meeting earlier this month, it is clear that if issues that affect surfers come to the forefront, they won’t just sit idly back.

On April 9, approximately 300 surfers, activists and residents (more than 2% of the Malibu population) watched the Malibu City Council debate the fate of Malibu Lagoon, a beautiful pool of water and wetlands fed by Malibu Creek and filled with wildlife. One year ago, the City Council deadlocked 2-2 in an explosive debate over a plan by the state and big environmental groups to dredge up and then re-sculpt the poorly circulating lagoon.

On one side, the project is enthusiastically backed by major environmental groups such as Heal the Bay and the Surfrider Foundation, plus California Governor Jerry Brown. However, others feel that the dredging plan destroys nature to save it.

Given that the lagoon has played a dominant part of the election campaign, three surfers ran grassroots campaigns, with citizens ultimately electing political newbie Skylar Peak, 27, a surfer, former lifeguard and civic activist on Election night, which was the following night, April 10. Peak, whose win makes him the youngest member in the history of the Malibu City council, hopes to act as a bridge between the warring sides. Peak opposes the dredging, but comes to the issue with an open mind. “Both sides think there’s something wrong,” says Peak.

Bulldozers are set to dig out major parts of the lagoon and wetlands starting June 1. Scientists concede that many creatures will die and the lagoon – today rich in bird life – will become a muddy and unappealing construction site, only to re-emerge with a cleaner, if aesthetically different, ecosystem.

Additionally, there are concerns regarding a 2005 study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that detected high levels of Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a superbug staph in the sand between the lagoon and the ocean.

The dredging plan calls for the lagoon’s water to be drained, treated and dumped in the Pacific. But would dumping the lagoon’s water, even if treated, shift this hard-to-kill superbug to the ocean, and possibly make people sick?

The issue remains that the lagoon is in dire need of fixing and something needs to be done.

So, whose side are you on?

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