Malibu Surfrider Beach

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

Surfrider Beach is one of the most famous surfing spots in the world. It is located between Adamson House and the Malibu Pier along Pacific Coast Highway. Famous for its’ tapering smooth breaking waves and is recognized among surfers worldwide as the gold standard for summertime “point” surf. Status as one of the earliest homes of surfing culture, on October 9th 2010, Malibu Surfrider Beach was dedicated as the first world surfing reserve. Popular activities include surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving. Paid parking and on street parking is available. Facilities have handicapped access, restrooms, showers, and daily lifeguards. On the west end of Surfrider Beach is Malibu Lagoon where located where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. It features 22 acres of wetlands, flower gardens, and a sandy beach. An excellent place to bird watch, where more than 200 species of birds have been observed in the lagoon, both resident and migratory. This is a unique ecosystem, a southern California saltwater marsh. The beach is a rock cobble on the ocean side of the lagoon. A stunning California landmark, the Adamson House, a beautiful Spanish style home build by Fredrick Rindge’s daughter Rhonda Adamson in 1929 is the showplace of Malibu historical artifacts. Adjoining Adamson House is the Malibu Lagoon museum which contains a collection of artifacts and rare photographs that depict the various eras of Malibu from the days of Chumash tribe. Besides surfing, activities include walking nature trails, Monarch butterfly watching, grunion runs, tide pooling, and a perfect place to learn to surf.

WATER QUALITY
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 2nd, 2018. LA Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
15°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Malibu Surfrider Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Beach water is tested either once a week or 5 days a week by the City of Los Angeles Environmental Monitoring Division (EMD), County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LACDHS), and Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD). Freshwater swimming holes, falls and creeks are tested by Council for Watershed Health (CWH) approximately once a week in the summer.

Sample results are emailed from EMD and CWH to LA Waterkeeper, who updates the swim status and information in Swim Guide.

In California, maximum levels for bacteria are established for recreational open beach waters. Single sample maximum levels are 104 Enterococcus /100 ml; and 400 fecal coliform/100 ml; and 10,000 total coliform /100 ml. In waters designated for contact recreation, the median fecal coliform density based on the five most recent samples for any 30-day period shall not exceed 200/100 ml, Fecal and Enterococci density shall not exceed 35/100 ml. Monitoring frequency varies across jurisdictions, most popular beaches are often monitored 5 days a week.

In Los Angeles County bacteriological objectives for freshwater recreation are based on e.coli density. The 30 day geometric mean e.coli density shall not exceed 126/100ml and a single sample limit not to exceed 235/100ml.

Swimmers are advised not to swim within 100 feet of a flowing storm drain. Swimmers are also advised to stay out of the water for 72 hours following a rain event in the area.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Malibu Surfrider Beach

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

WATER QUALITY
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 2nd, 2018. LA Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
15°C
Clear and sunny

Surfrider Beach is one of the most famous surfing spots in the world. It is located between Adamson House and the Malibu Pier along Pacific Coast Highway. Famous for its’ tapering smooth breaking waves and is recognized among surfers worldwide as the gold standard for summertime “point” surf. Status as one of the earliest homes of surfing culture, on October 9th 2010, Malibu Surfrider Beach was dedicated as the first world surfing reserve. Popular activities include surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving. Paid parking and on street parking is available. Facilities have handicapped access, restrooms, showers, and daily lifeguards. On the west end of Surfrider Beach is Malibu Lagoon where located where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. It features 22 acres of wetlands, flower gardens, and a sandy beach. An excellent place to bird watch, where more than 200 species of birds have been observed in the lagoon, both resident and migratory. This is a unique ecosystem, a southern California saltwater marsh. The beach is a rock cobble on the ocean side of the lagoon. A stunning California landmark, the Adamson House, a beautiful Spanish style home build by Fredrick Rindge’s daughter Rhonda Adamson in 1929 is the showplace of Malibu historical artifacts. Adjoining Adamson House is the Malibu Lagoon museum which contains a collection of artifacts and rare photographs that depict the various eras of Malibu from the days of Chumash tribe. Besides surfing, activities include walking nature trails, Monarch butterfly watching, grunion runs, tide pooling, and a perfect place to learn to surf.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Malibu Surfrider Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Beach water is tested either once a week or 5 days a week by the City of Los Angeles Environmental Monitoring Division (EMD), County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LACDHS), and Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD). Freshwater swimming holes, falls and creeks are tested by Council for Watershed Health (CWH) approximately once a week in the summer.

Sample results are emailed from EMD and CWH to LA Waterkeeper, who updates the swim status and information in Swim Guide.

In California, maximum levels for bacteria are established for recreational open beach waters. Single sample maximum levels are 104 Enterococcus /100 ml; and 400 fecal coliform/100 ml; and 10,000 total coliform /100 ml. In waters designated for contact recreation, the median fecal coliform density based on the five most recent samples for any 30-day period shall not exceed 200/100 ml, Fecal and Enterococci density shall not exceed 35/100 ml. Monitoring frequency varies across jurisdictions, most popular beaches are often monitored 5 days a week.

In Los Angeles County bacteriological objectives for freshwater recreation are based on e.coli density. The 30 day geometric mean e.coli density shall not exceed 126/100ml and a single sample limit not to exceed 235/100ml.

Swimmers are advised not to swim within 100 feet of a flowing storm drain. Swimmers are also advised to stay out of the water for 72 hours following a rain event in the area.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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