One of the world’s most famous and most crowded righthand pointbreaks. Mainly a summertime spot best on S swells. Three separate take-off zones: Third Point: at medium tide, fast, hollow rides off the northernmost point. Big swells will connect up with Second Point: long, hollow, workable wall at medium tide, unmakeable at low. First Point: the most consistent and therefore the most surfed of the Malibu waves. Can show perfect shape, excellent for any type of surf craft. Works through the full tidal range, getting more hollow as the tide drops.
Mega crowds. One of the worst beaches in the county for beach closures due to bacterial pollution after heavy rains. Construction of a sewage system at Malibu was halted nine years ago amidst protests from local home-owners, who claimed it would lead the way for high-rise beach development. Malibu is home to many big-name environmentalists among the rich and famous— their beachfront homes using outdated, ill-located septic tanks. These leak directly into the Malibu Lagoon and, after heavy rainfall, the line-up, leaving surfers with eye and ear infections, respiratory illnesses and rashes. After 35 years of debate the situation is now at a stand-off, but due to the high profile of the residents the best that can be hoped for is regulation and inspection of the existing systems. There are full on beach facilities, a small pay parking lot, and free parking along PCH.