Malibu’s First Point has always been one of California’s most iconic surf spots. The surf culture found in Malibu during the 1960’s left an impact on the sport of surfing that will never be forgotten, transforming a sport into a lifestyle. Bright colored swim trunks, fresh new surfboard shapes, and the beach parties that are emulated still today. It was simply the place to be. And as of last weekend, it still is!
With a bit of swell showing and the temperature slowly rising towards the 90’s, the boys piled into the BYRD van and pulled onto PCH preparing for an epic beach day. But not just any old beach day. Thanks to The Young and the Brave Foundation, most of the flock had been invited to The 9th Annual Malibu Invitational which is a good vibe, fundraising surf contest benefiting our good friend Lyon Herron. The waves were in the 2-4 foot range and peeling perfectly down the point. Good times with great friends and perfect little waves. How would you rather spend your weekend?
In the end it was our own Michael “Dunny” Dunphy that took out the pro division. It was the first time he’d ever surfed First Point but his surfing said otherwise. He was in form and on fire the entire competition, never losing a heat and sporting a smile the entire time. Dunny took home a beautiful trophy and $2000, half of which he donated back to Lyon’s cause. Michael Dunphy, a gentlemen surfer as always. We hit The Bungalow, Santa Monica and got loose in celebration of his win. Cheers were made and shots were downed in honor of the champ. The BYRD's Nest hosted a small after party and the weekend slowly caught up to us all. Simply put, it was blast from start to finish. Until next year…
Written by Dylan Goodale
Photos by Steven Lippman & Jon Hechtkopf