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There’s something familiar about the Malibu Roadhouse.
It might be that it occupies the space that used to house the BeauRivage, a storied Malibu restaurant. It might be its familiar position, across PCH from Dan Blocker Beach — a section of Malibu most residents cruise through daily.

Chris Bashaw

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Merrick family announces the sudden and untimely death of longtime Malibu resident and surfing legend, Shelley Merrick.  

Shelley was the eldest daughter of the late honorable Judge John J. Merrick and Roberta Roberts Merrick. 

Ashleigh Fryer

In the same room on Galahad Drive where 16-year-old Barbie Herron and Amber Laforet began their friendship, 22 years later, the pair returned to fill the space with a new set of memories, this time as business partners and co-founders of Head Regal.
“That room where I lived with Barbie for a summer when we were 16 became our first office,” Laforet said. “Basically, our business was born in one night over sushi. We came back into each other’s lives after all these years and we just absolutely connected — it was magnetic.”

Chris Bashaw

Throughout a range of interviews conducted with Malibu residents and professionals, evidence suggested many in the Malibu community hold the City of Malibu’s Planning Department in low esteem.

Included in those interviews were several “on record,” “on condition of anonymity” and “no comment,” conversations that occurred between the Malibu Surfside News and more than 20 people – the majority of whom were unwilling to go on the record.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu resident Mark Jason looked out onto 100 acres of raw land just southeast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was his newest business venture with his longtime friend and Mexican national Manuel. The only question: what to do with it.

“The first thing we bought was a chipper — we really transformed it into some beautiful farmland,” Jason said. “It was more than that, though. We wanted it to be a way to help people around there.”

Ashleigh Fryer

The Sycamore School, an independent elementary school featuring a curriculum rooted in collaboration, innovation and learning through play and creativity, will open in Malibu on Sept. 1 for 20 children ages 6-8. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu resident Tova Fagan said jewelry design came to her on her birthday eight years ago in Las Vegas.

“I was celebrating with my family when we walked by a particular shop with a bracelet in the window,” she said.

The bracelet transfixed Fagan with its thoughtfully beaded pattern and a diamond charm dangling from its center. Its only off-putting component was the “ginormous” sum of money scrawled on its price tag.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu resident Diane Prince has no apprehension to say she wears the same clothes as her 11-, 13- and 15-year-old daughters. 

In fact, she believes that is the beauty of her women’s contemporary clothing company Winnie & Kat — it empowers women not just to own their style, but to own their independence, as well.

“All three of my daughters wear the pieces differently,” Prince said. “And that’s part of the fun — seeing how everybody translates their own style. That’s the biggest reason I started [Winnie & Kat]; I knew my daughters were watching me.”

Ashleigh Fryer

In a series of six episodes, five Malibu High School students and competitors on the Malibu Sharks Surf Team will show viewers worldwide what it’s like to be a teen surfer in Malibu.

“Surfers,” a reality television show produced by AwesomenessTV – a YouTube-based production company with more than 550 million video views and 2 million subscribers – uploaded its first episode Saturday, Jan. 3, and garnered more than 63,000 views in less than seven days.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu officially welcomed its very own, fully-licensed radio station — 97.5 KBUU-LP FM — to the airwaves last week, a project which Malibu resident and KBU general manager Hans Laetz has championed for more than a year. 

Ashleigh Fryer

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