Labor Day weekend typically marks the last days of summer and an end to the chaos of crowded beaches, parking lots and line ups. This year, beginning early Friday morning, radio stations put out a warning for tourists to stay out of the water, and local surf shops began to refuse rentals to anyone who wasn’t a local. Surfers up and down the coast gathered together and waited for the first south swell of the 2011 fall season. As the sun was setting on Friday night and the tide went out, Malibu lit up. Over the next day and a half, surfing’s legends paddled out into what some compared to a Hawaiian session, as broken boards littered the shoreline and locals roared from the beach as their hometown heroes shot the pier once again in celebration of summer’s end.
Words, video and editing by Alicia Gilmour