Last August Hurricane Marie brought massive 15-ft waves to Malibu and its Surfrider Beach that haven’t been seen in decades. The perfect storm attracted local surf legends and crowds to the beach, putting a spotlight back on Malibu, which has long been known as a world-renowned surfing mecca.
But the record-setting surf this summer was just one of many notable events in the city’s saga. Since the 1950s, the city has played a large role in shaping the wave-riding culture in the United States and helped bring the sport to the forefront of pop culture. Here are a few more of the important milestones that helped set Malibu’s place in surfing history.