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Fire Ravages Malibu’s Brothers Marshall Surf Shop and Cultural Center

One of California’s most important new cultural institutions needs your help.

elsewhere // Feb 6, 2023
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Sometime on early Saturday morning, a fire broke out at the Brothers Marshall Surf Shop and Cultural Center, Chad and Trace Marshall’s newly opened space on PCH, just south of Surfrider Beach and First Point Malibu.

“Everyone is safe, and although the store suffered some damage and we lost a lot of product, it is all replaceable and we will be back up and running soon,” Chad wrote on Instagram this AM. “The bummer was we lost a majority of the amazing product we had just made for our Morning of the Earth collaboration. Although the store is closed for a bit, you can still support us by pre-ordering the Morning of the Earth merch on our website and pick up any of our products that suit your fancy.”

You might recall the long read we ran from Gentle Blanton last year on the BMSSCC. The BMSSCC has become a staple in the Malibu surfing community, a new and much-needed California cultural institution.

What once was…and will be again.

In the short time since opening, Chad, Trace, DJ and the BMSSCC have hosted incredibly well-attended art shows and parties, with artists like Raymond Pettibon, Barry McGee, Ed Ruscha, Margaret Kilgallen, Geoff McFettridge, and Ed Templeton; Los Angeles icons like Jimmy Ganzer, Craig Stecyk, Skip Engblom, Jim Muir, Steve Olsen, and even Rick Rubin; as well as surfing’s more subcultural movers like Chris Malloy, Dane Peterson, Matt Wesson, and Jamie Brisick all in attendance.

Our dear Gentle Blanton was not waxing hyperbolic when he claimed the BMSSCC as, “Maybe even the most important structure to hit Malibu since Tubesteak’s beach shack.” In the heart of a surf scene that has been more thoroughly squeezed for cultural juice than any other stretch of sand and cobblestones in the continental US (if not the world), the BMSSCC brought an entirely fresh yet historically holistic perspective on the Malibu surf scene. They created something unique and necessary.

We’re sure that Chad and Trace will have the BMSSCC back open in no time, especially considering the support they have from the local Malibu and greater Los Angeles surf community.


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