Malibu Becomes First World Surfing Reserve Oct. 9

Malibu to be dedicated the first World Surfing Reserve on Oct 9th

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What’s a pristine, world-class surfing area worth? On Saturday, October 9, 2010, Malibu locals, fellow Californians and worldwide surfers and environmentalists will answer that question, when they dedicate Malibu’s Surfrider Beach and the surrounding area as the very first World Surfing Reserve.

“These special surf spots are the Yosemites of the coast,” says Dean LaTourrette, executive director of Save The Waves Coalition, founding partner of World Surfing Reserves. “People need to understand how valuable and fragile they are, and the World Surfing Reserve designation will help the international and local communities focus on protecting them.”

Malibu is considered the modern birthplace for surfing in California, and is one of the most famous surf spots in the world, giving rise to such cultural icons as Tubesteak, Gidget, and Miki Dora. The area also rests at the mouth of the Malibu Creek watershed and Malibu Lagoon, and has been besieged by water quality issues over the past few decades.

“The vision is to dedicate and respect these spots for future generations,” says nine-time ASP world champion surfer Kelly Slater. “I’m honored to work with World Surfing Reserves to hopefully be a small part of that difference in protecting the tradition and history around the surfing world’s most symbolic and important beaches.”

The dedication on October 9th will begin with a sunrise ceremony on the beach conducted by local Chumash Native American leader Mati Waiya, immediately followed by a surfer paddle out at Malibu’s famous First Point. A formal dedication will then take place on the beach at 11am with numerous speakers, including Mayor Jefferson Wagner and
California Coastal Commissioner Sara Wan. An evening celebration at Duke’s Malibu beginning at 7pm will round out the day’s events.

Notable surfing legends that will participate include Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, Allen Sarlo, Tubesteak, and Gidget.

Other guests on October 9 include Malibu Mayor and surfer Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, California Coastal Commissioners Ross Mirkarimi and Sara Wan, actress Tanna Frederick and musician Jon Swift.

More information at: worldsurfingreserves.org