Zuma Beach Activities

Malibu, Los Angeles County

Activities and Events

Malibu Surf and Sports Festival

September TBA, 2018
Zuma and Malibu Surfrider beaches
Surf events, craft racing, beach volleyball, surf contest
Estimated attendance: 50,000
Malibu Surf and Sports Festival

Malibu ArtWak Festival

Malibu Civic Center
July TBA, 2018, 8 AM - 6 PM
Music and artists
Malibu ArtWlk Festival

Malibu International Half-Marathon

November TBA, 2018, 7:00 AM
In the past it has started and finished at Point Mugu Beach.
Malibu International Half-Marathon

Malibu Lagoon Museum

23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
Historic Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum
Docent led tours
(310) 456-8432
Malibu Lagoon Museum

Lake Piru

43 miles north of Malibu
Boating, fishing, camping
Lake Piru

Malibu Area
Maps and Books

Zuma Beach Activities


Zuma Beach's exposed beach break brings in consistent waves that attract beginning and intermediate surfers. Conveniently summer usually delivers the best waves, especially when there are offshore winds from the northeast. Surfers enjoy both lefts and rights. Southwest swells can produce some great barrels.

Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.

Because of the length of the beach crowds are rarely a problem at Zuma . Body boarding and skim boarding are popular in the choppy surf. Beginning surfers often struggle with the short waves that dump quickly onto the beach. Better learning spots are found up the coast at County Line (see photo below) and Nicholas Canyon's Zeros.

County Line Beach, Ventura County, CA

County Line Beach


Launching kiteboards at Zuma Beach is prohibited through most of the summer because of the large crowds on the beach. If the beach is clearly empty, check with the lifeguards for permission. Winds at Zuma are good, but the surf can be rough and rip tides hazardous.

A good source of information is the Southern California Kiteboarding Association.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up Paddleboard Tours

Hana Paddle Boards offers guided tours that begin at Westward Beach just south of Zuma Beach. The 3-hour, 9-mile tours lead around Point Duma to Paradise Cove with stop there for a meal at Sandcastle Restaurant. Transportation from Zuma Beach is supplied along with wetsuits, boards, and paddles. They also offer lessons and rentals.
Paddleboard Tours

Radfish Paddleboard Lessons and Rentals

Radfish, located at Zuma Beach, offers stand-up paddleboard lessons at Malibu beaches. 2-hour lessons cost about $100. Paddleboard rentals are available for 2 hours or all day.
Radfish Malibu

Nautica Malibu Triathlon

The popular Nautica Malibu Triathlon is set for September 15-16, 2018 at Zuma Beach. The Herbalife International Distance Race begins at 7:00 AM on Saturday and the Classic Distance Race sets off at 7:00 AM on Sunday.

Saturday's International Race starts with a 1½K swim at Zuma Beach, followed by a 40K bike ride up the coast to Deer Creek Road and a 10K run along the edges of Zuma and Westward beaches.

Sunday's Classic Race starts with a ½-mile swim at Zuma Beach. After the swim is an 18-mile bike route that turns around at Leo Carrillo State Park and a 4-mile run along the beaches.

Triathlon Beach Activities

Festivities on the beach on Saturday include a sandcastle demo from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and triathlon instructional clinics from 1:15 PM to 4:00 PM. On Sunday a Nautica Kid's Run and Tot Trot will be held at 9:45 AM.

Parking lots open at 4:00 AM on Saturday and 4:30 AM on Sunday.

Nautica Malibu Triathlon


10 volleyball courts are located at the southern end of Zuma Beach near parking lot 1. They are available for public use. The California Beach Volleyball Association holds some of its events on Zuma Beach. They have a variety of programs for all ages and abilities.

Beach Volleyball Camps

Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos' Beach Volleyball Camps offer a summer beach volleyball camp at Zuma Beach. Participants can join for one day, 5 days, 10 days, 20 days, or the entire summer. They also offer a Sand & Sea Beach Camp. Check their website for current dates and prices.
Beach Volleyball Camps

Pepperdine University Sand Volleyball

Pepperdine University's women's sand volleyball team calls Zuma Beach their home court. Catch the springtime excitement of college volleyball competition at Zuma.
Pepperdine Women's Sand Volleyball

Beach Soccer Tournaments

Copa Cabana Beach Soccer Tournaments for 2016 include a Youth/Adult/ProAm Tournament on March 18-19, 2017. Teams register 12 players with 5 on the field at any one time.
Copa Cabana Beach Soccer

Zuma Beach Junior Lifeguards

The Junior Lifeguards program develops skills in ocean swimming and in dealing with hazards in the ocean. Participants learn about water safety, surf rescue, surf riding, and first aid. The 5-week program is open to youths ages 9 to 17. Participants meet at Lifeguard Tower 9 at Zuma Beach.

New participants must pass a basic swimming test held in April and May.
LA County Junior Lifeguards

2017 Zuma Beach Program Schedule

Session I: June 19 through July 20, 2017
Session II: July 24 through August 18, 2017 (morning session only)
Monday - Friday, Two Sessions:
Morning Session - 8:30 AM to 11:30
Afternoon Session - 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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