Destination / Wish You Were Here

Pray for surf: a weekend in Malibu with Jess Blanch

Malibu is one place where some things stay the same. Like the population sign as you drive in which hasn’t changed for decades, the sounds of Neil Young, The Doors and Dennis Hopper still blare from rolled down car windows and Neptune’s Net takes pride of place, its kitschiness unchanged since it opened in 1958. Here all your Big Wednesday and Point Break fantasies come rolled into one: I just surf cause it’s good to go out and ride with your friends.

Do …
Explore the iconic beach fronts and find your dream home. Drive out to Zuma Beach and take hikes on one of the many incredible tracks. Or just chill – Malibu is the home of zen.

Stay …
The Surfrider has been curated by Emma Crowther And Matthew Goodwin into the ultimate white-washed beach house you’ve always wanted to own, with the added benefits of a guests-only rooftop terrace. Serving the best breakfast in town along with a view across the PCH at the iconic Surfrider Point. Once an old motel it’s now anything but retro, but stays true to the authentic spirit of Malibu Beach’s bohemian mentality.

Take …
Not very much, as The Surfrider keeps its own custom made surf boards and wetsuits for guests. It’s a big hat and small swimmers kind of place and a Lucy Folk boiler suit is all you need.

Taste …
There’s a focus on simple, organic food in this town and a lot of it comes from One Gun Ranch. My drink of choice was Pacifico and lime (which somehow only tastes good in close proximity to Mexico). The local Nobu is on point and The Soho House is the most relaxed of them all; very few hipsters here just people with their shoes off and enjoying the beach access. No suits to be afraid of either, just t-shirts and boardies. Take a drive to Santa Monica to Élephante which has been opened recently by my friends and order a breakfast pizza regardless of what time of day. It’s not what you think.