Surfing has its golden age in the 1960s — especially in Malibu. The city becomes the heart of American surf culture and its beaches are recognized worldwide for their ideal waves. And shortboards grow in popularity.
The popular beach Malibu Point is renamed Surfrider Beach, which is Malibu's most-surfed spot at the time.
The Malibu Surfing Association organizes the city's "first major surfing tournament," the Malibu Invitational, which continues until 1968.
The Beach Boys praise Malibu's County Line beach as a favorite surf spot in their hit song "Surfin' USA."
The Chevy Malibu rides onto the auto market.
June 15, 1966
Iconic Malibu surfer Miki Dora is featured in the cult surfing movie The Endless Summer, which introduces the world to the quintessential Malibu surfer. "Dora is the most important style icon in the history of surfing," says Daniel Duane, Men's Journal contributing editor and author of the surfing book Caught Inside. "The way he walked, talked; the way he walked the nose on his surfboard — he was to longboard surfing as what Chuck Yeager was to airplane pilots. His style is what many surfers emulate today without knowing it."
A huge winter swell severely damages Malibu beaches and changes its shoreline. The sand and the beach is changed so severely that Malibu almost ceases to exist.