Newport Beach Chapter


Nov 13 2019


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Protecting California’s Surf Breaks and the Malibu Historic District

Michael Blum of Sea of Clouds discusses the creation of the Malibu Historic District and how we can preserve surf breaks and their history.

About this Event
As a sport or a projection as a lifestyle, surfing is an indelible part of California’s character, yet not the what of surfing but where surfing occurs – surf breaks and surfing areas – are authentic sites of culture, history, recreation, community, and leisure. And they are worthy locations of our recognition, illumination, and protection.

In 2018, the Malibu Historic District (MHD) was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the first listing which centered on surfing history. The project 1) recognizes Malibu’s worldwide contribution to surfing’s history and culture, 2) secures limited federal and state protections, 3) qualifies for other recognitions/protections, and 4) develops a precedent and process for other projects.
The MHD project is relevant for its focus on a specific, iconic surfing area, but it also is a rationale for other the United States surf breaks and, more broadly, coastal places possessing cultural and historical significance. Recognizing special coastal places brings closer together the goals of historic preservation and environmental conservation, achieves coastal conservation victories, and promotes a richer interpretation of our coastal history.

The Newport Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation and The Board Club welcome Michael Blum of Sea of Clouds for a discussion of the MHD project and how we can honor and protect our treasured surf breaks.

6:30 pm – Doors open
7:00 pm – Talk begins
The event is outdoors; bring a layer for the fall weather. Please bring a reusable cup for coffee. Street parking and city lots are available nearby.

Sea of Clouds is a nonprofit organization whose practice spans the fields of heritage conservation/historic preservation and environmental conservation. With a focus on coastal places, the work of Sea of Clouds illuminates the human dimensions of natural ecosystems – connections between nature and culture – to address how communities fully express their interests and values in public trust contexts.

The Surfrider Foundation is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground – the ocean, waves, and beaches – that provide us so much enjoyment. Our model is to engage environmental experts to create solutions, unite local and national resources to protect the coast, and leverage our local chapter network’s knowledge with a national perspective.

The Board Club is a Newport Beach surf club that provides its members with unlimited access and exchanges to a large variety of quality surfboards from established shapers throughout California. From 7’2″ single fins and old school longboards to the latest high-performance shortboards, every surfer now has the ultimate quiver for all wave conditions.