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Robb Stephenson first laid eyes on Bluffs Park 14 years ago as he drove down Pacific Coast Highway.

He had just arrived in California, after “packing everything in a Dodge pick-up, just me and my dog,” and moving from his hometown in the Texas panhandle. 

“I saw that field and all I could think was, ‘that’s got to be an amazing place to coach,’” Stephenson said. 

Ashleigh Fryer

The Miss Malibu Pro Women’s Longboarding Invitational debuted at Surfrider Beach in Malibu  Aug. 9-10. 

The first-place title of Miss Malibu Pro was awarded to Kaitlin Maguire of Oceanside, California. Maguire not only won the final, but also earned the Wave of the Day award and cash prize from Jericho Poppler for scoring a perfect 20 in her semi final. 

Runner-up was awarded to Makayla H. Smith.

Ashleigh Fryer

Hip-hop music and environmental awareness merged at a post-Earth Day celebration at the Malibu Library on Friday, April 25. 

Archie Hill, founder of Third Rock Hip-Hop, presented a video version of the first four chapters of his upcoming five-chapter book, “Third Rock and Friends: A Trip to the Beach” to a crowd of about 25 children from Juan Cabrillo Elementary School.

Chris Bashaw

With a quick motion, a pair of yellow-green eyes — each with a black, vertical slit — came into view against a dark brown chair in Bank of Books Malibu.

The form of Malibu resident Karen Smythe’s feline friend, Kool Kat — who is black in color — soon became apparent as he quietly sat above Rachel Hasserling, who was reading a book to her children; Hasserling’s young son, Caleb, reached over to stroke Kool Kat’s back.

Chris Bashaw

Vintage Grocers, a new independent market created for the Malibu community and the surrounding area, will launch its Grand Opening Celebration on March 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special events throughout the store, including gift bags for the first customers, custom-made Malibu Gift Baskets and much more.

The public is invited to join the celebration beginning with the 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at Vintage Grocers located in the Trancas Country Market. The first 250 customers will receive gift bags filled with Vintage Grocers’ products.

Chris Bashaw

Rick Metzler, chief instructor at The Pit Malibu, likes to think his 14-year-old son, Sage, was sensing the rhythms and patterns associated with Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima stick fighting while still in his mother’s womb.

“Sharine was earning her second-degree brown belt at the time, so she was fighting, doing rolls and sparing with sticks while she was pregnant with Sage,” Rick said. “You can hear things in the womb, and there’s a lot of rhythm, motion and patterns that are associated with the Eskrima system.”

Ashleigh Fryer

With a variation of its duck confit, V’s Restaurant and Bar took home the Taste of Malibu award for a second year in a row at the Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Taste of Malibu event on Thursday, June 12, hosted at Duke’s Malibu.

The award-winning dish was a debut from V’s chef and Malibu resident Chris Bocchino, who prepared a duck confit over a soft polenta mixed with umami butter and shallots that were pickled in tarragon vinegar.

Ashleigh Fryer

At its Oct. 13 meeting, the Malibu City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution supporting the proposed 101 freeway wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon, making Malibu the first municipality in the Santa Monica Mountains area to give the project an official vote of confidence. 

Chris Bashaw

When I first saw John’s apple green ‘57 Lotus Eleven at a car show, I was instantly transported back to the 60’s. Visions of what was on Channel 52 here in Los Angeles flooded my pea-brain in waves of delicious green apple pie. Make sense? No? Well, who cares; this car is awesome.

Ashleigh Fryer

On a night where Malibu High School’s winds and jazz musicians took the stage for their annual spring concert, an era was ending. 

Bill Bixler, teacher of instrumental music, conducted his last concert at the high school on Thursday, May 15. 

“I thought I was going to fall to pieces emotionally,” Bixler said. “But the music does something to you. It rescues you, in a way, emotionally. So I just got inside of the music.”

Chris Bashaw

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