California makes history with first listing based on surfing. Designation affirms new pathway for coastal conservation and qualifies the area for additional protections based on historical significance.

Together, we’ve made history.​

We’re pleased to announce that the iconic Malibu surfing area (Los Angeles, Calif.) is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, recognizing its worldwide contributions to the history and culture of the sport. This is the first listing centered on surfing history and establishes a new pathway for coastal conservation.

The Malibu Historic District is a legal boundary which receives coastal planning protections through historic preservation and federal/state environmental policy. It is also a qualifying step for other protections based on cultural and historical significance.

The National Register is the nation’s official list of properties worthy of historic preservation. With this designation, the Malibu Historic District takes its place among other Los Angeles-area National Register listings such as: the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Hollywood Palladium, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House. In the immediate area of eastern Malibu, there are now three National Register listings representing different periods of California coastal history: the Chumash Humaliwo village site, Stiles O. Clements’ Adamson House, and the Malibu Historic District.

To everyone who buoyed us with their enthusiasm, encouragement, experience, expertise, and even endorsement: our profound thanks.

• Please share this good news with others.
• Sign our petition endorsing the second phase of the Malibu project, creating California’s first marine managed area based on surfing history and cultural significance.
• Contact us to speak to your business, organization, club, or group.

We’ll be in the Malibu/LA/SoCal areas and online in the coming months to discuss the project. We look forward to meeting you and we welcome your questions.