MALIBU: STAR BEACH
When Jefferson Wagner stopped portraying a cowboy in a Marlboro commercial and began to duplicate Clint Eastwood in stunt scenes, he was ripe for the mayor of Malibu. In addition, he is a great surfer. Probably, all this helped him to win the 2010 elections. He is sixty now. And he remembers his political program with a smile: “A liqueur and a car were named after Malibu. So I was in charge of a rather important city, ”he jokes.
Today, the former mayor and stuntman is working again in his shop for surfers. The oldest in Malibu. World-class athletes bring their boards to it for manual polishing. And he himself is still quite nothing – he can perform on the wave a couple of very elegant pirouettes. For him, this is not a toy, but a serious matter. He proudly shows the scars on his thumb: “The shark’s tooth entered right here in front and went out from above.”
Surf pioneers have chosen this place 45 kilometers west of Hollywood back in
1930s But now Malibu is known primarily as an elite resort for the stars. There is even a special film-colony here — a row of wooden cottages on the shore, beyond which the Pacific Coastal Highway is noisy, not the sea. Who just did not live and does not live in these houses: Denny de Vito, Mel Gibson, Justin Hoffman, Bob Dylan, Leonardo Di Caprio, Janet Jackson, Pamela Anderson … True, the owners of luxury villas sometimes change as quickly as companions of life celebrities.
Since I moved to live in Malibu for family reasons, my friends in Europe think that all I have to do is drink champagne for whole days. Of course, there is some truth in this – I like living by the sea. And I love to visit the local cult restaurant “U Jeffrey”, where famous people really gather in the evenings. But I come here for breakfast, to look not at Hollywood stars, but at the ocean. Where else can you sit at the table, see how dolphins frolic in the ocean? And how do flips of whales whales twist? When the weather permits, I paddle to Cape Dume – dolphins swim up to people at arm’s length.
Friday night is good to call in the mountains of Santa Monica. They descend to the ocean itself, from which only a strip of the seaside highway separates them. And climb to the Sedlrok ranch owned by the Semler family – winemakers with 30 years of experience. Nearby is usually parked a whole cavalcade of sky-blue and black farm retro pick-ups, all along with the latest fashion – hybrid and electric “bugatti” and “marazati” of other inhabitants of Malibu.
For 18 dollars you can buy a bottle of home cabernet. And spreading a blanket on the meadow, listening to two guitarists deep into the night – in company with couples in love and families with children.
Of course, the neighborhood with a hundred stars can not affect the lives of the remaining thirteen and a few thousand inhabitants of the resort. If in the morning in the supermarket you see a buyer in a hood and dark glasses, then it must be someone insanely famous. And how can you not look back when the saleswoman in the cheese department whispers reverently to you: “Kirk Douglas is right behind you.” And once I was nearly hit by a Britney Spears fleeing from the paparazzi on her white Mercedes!
But in general there are so many stars and celebrities in Malibu that you quickly get used to them. For example, Pamela Anderson in the beach cafe “Kugis Beach” – almost the same integral element of the interior, as the bar. At ten in the morning she, still without styling and makeup, drinks her coffee here.
Yet Malibu is an unusual place. Where else in the emergency room are the orderlies ready not only to put plaster on a broken finger, but also to make an emergency injection of Botox?
The nature around Malibu is also a celebrity. Almost everywhere was filmed some Hollywood film or series. In Malibu Creek National Park – “Planet of the Apes”, “Lost Horizon” and “Military Field Hospital.” Zuma Beach is emblazoned on the cover of one of the plates of the legendary Beach Boys. Against the backdrop of the beach in the elite Malibu Colony district, a romance unfolds between the characters of Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand in the film “The Meeting of Two Hearts”. One coastal ledge here dubbed Rock Producers. They say it is on her that Steven Spielberg and his colleagues signed more than one contract. In the local chronicles there was a place for divine miracles. Legend has it that in 1976, the British rock singer Cat Stevens almost drowned here. But the saving wave carried him to the shore, straight into the bosom of Islam. Now his name is Yusuf Islam.