Surfrider, Sunset Beach, and Point Dume are probably the most talked-about swells along the Malibu coastline, but you don’t necessarily need to be a pro to surf them (for Point Dume, you do need to have a key though, unless you paddle over from one of the adjacent beaches). Fortunately, LA is packed with surf instructors. Friends swear by Chris “Crash” Carson (, who will swim out with you and push you in, making it an all-around fun and successful endeavor.

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