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Throughout his life, Freddy Keith has had options. 

When he was younger, he worked as an actor and was also approached to be a model. But he shifted focus when he came to Malibu High School and started his stint as a water polo player. 

Keith quickly grew fond of the sport, and started working hard at improving his game. He looks at water polo as the only thing that got him through four “tiresome” years at MHS.

Alex Vejar

Dean & DeLuca, a purveyor of fine foods, has announced its latest store opening in Malibu. The newest Dean & DeLuca development will be located in Malibu Village, located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, a recently repositioned shopping center with name brand outfitters, cafes and shops, that caters to the affluent community and year-round influx of visitors nearby. 

Lauren Finkler

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

Design/build firm Classical Progression, Inc. – founded by Malibu resident Kevin Cozen – completed on Feb. 11, the world headquarters of the World Surf League, formerly known as the Association of Surfing Professionals.

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

It’s official: the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has closed escrow on 703 acres in Puerco Canyon, the largest remaining privately owned open space in Los Angeles County. 

The property, comprised of 24 parcels, was sold to the Conservancy by filmmaker James Cameron for $12 million, and will be named the Cameron Nature Preserve, a press release from the MRCA states.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu, are you ready to Zap Those Cows?

If you are, whip out your iPhones and iPads and type that title into the App Store to download Malibu resident Sam Burton’s new game, which launched on Monday, Sept. 15. 

Burton – a 14-year-old Malibu High School sophomore – spent approximately four months writing Zap Those Cows, with the hope that the game could help support two charities: the United Kingdom-wide Anaphylaxis Campaign and the worldwide Child’s Play.

Chris Bashaw

Spring is in bloom in Malibu, despite the drought. Although it isn’t one of those stellar years when wide swaths of the Santa Monica Mountains are transformed into a living tapestry of color, there are still many places to experience the sight and scent of spring flowers.

Ashleigh Fryer

A dead body was found washed up on the beach in the 20500 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The body of what appeared to be an adult male was spotted on the shore at 1:24 p.m., said Malibu/Lost Hills Sgt. Tui Wright. All units responded, along with members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Wright said homicide detectives are currently investigating the incident and the body has not yet been identified.

Check back with the Surfside News as the story develops. 

Ashleigh Fryer

An audience of approximately two dozen braved the rain on Saturday, Jan. 10, for the debut of the Malibu Playhouse’s new interview series,  “A Conversation With.”

“It’s like a Malibu version of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’” series producer Diane Namm told the Malibu Surfside News. The series will feature one-on-one talks with actors, directors and writers.

“It’s a great way to involve people in the playhouse,” Namm said. “It’s just an hour but the best hour ever.”

Chris Bashaw

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