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Let's Make Surfing History: Support the Historic Designation of Malibu

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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.

ABOUT MALIBU // 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.

ABOUT THE NOMINATION // 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.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL REGISTER // The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. The more than 80,000 properties listed in the National Register represent 1.4 million individual resources - buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archaeological resources. Listing in the National Register enables certain legal protections while qualifying the District for other protection programs based on cultural and historical significance. 

YOUR SUPPORT // 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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