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HEART OF MALIBU
“It is not more bigness that should be our goal. We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility, and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children’s future.” - Robert F. Kennedy
As Spring is upon us, our children go back to school, and we focus our efforts on making 2018 a strong year, we must not forget to put our community at the forefront of our efforts. Celebrating and serving this wonderful community is at the heart of Malibu Magazine’s new rebranding. We don’t just want to cover Malibu and its residents but act as a resource, shining a light on those themes Malibu is truly interested in and providing an open forum for community members to voice their opinions. For our second issue we’ve worked hard to do just that, highlighting the people and topics we keep hearing about, and see trending. Whether you’ve lived in Malibu for 5 or 35 years, you’ve surely heard of our cover subject, real state star Chris Cortazzo. His infectious smile and personality have had an everlasting effect on the people of the Malibu community and Real Estate industry nationwide. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris to hear about his experiences in Real Estate, his childhood in Malibu and his relationship with his family. To view the entire interview, please feel free to watch our video on Vimeo. We begin our issue flying high above our beloved Carbon Beach coastline, paragliding with Malibu’s local expert Claude Fiset. The images captured are sure to take your breath away. After a glance into Malibu’s top shops and local businesses, we take a ride in East Coast Defender’s custom Rover. From cars to fashion, our ‘Back to Black’ feature on NAKEDCASHMERE’s Spring collection showcases some of the finest fashion Malibu has to offer. Wildfox’s intergalactic vision will open your mind to the future of fashion. Our tour of Newton Canyon Falls splashes our pages with enlightenment and appreciation for the nature around us. We refocus on the community as we tour historic Paradise Cove and interview owner Bob Morris, as well take a visit to Malibu’s local Farmers Market. Our in-depth collection of articles on Malibu’s best retreats and spas highlights some of our favorite soul-searching hideouts in the neighborhood. We end our issue with a vacation at Larry Ellison’s Four Seasons Lanai: the perfect getaway for Malibu residents.
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We join paragliding expert Claude Fiset for a jaw-dropping view of Malibu like we’ve never seen it before.
38 PARAGLIDING For a bird’s-eye view of the Malibu community, look no
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From Hiptique in Trancas to Busch Drive’s Inner Gardens, take a look at what’s new in Malibu’s favorite shops.
60 INNER GARDENS Stephen Block brings a treasure trove from Europe.
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Malibu’s East Coast Defender offers a range of customization options for the discontinued but still beloved Land Rover Defender.
A sampling of what’s new from Malibu’s top fashion lines, from outof-this-world pieces from Wildfox to sumptuous black velvet from NAKEDCASHMERE.
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136 122 PARADISE COVE Bob Morris sits down to discuss his wildly successful beach cafe and his childhood on the cove.
The Malibu Farmers Market has become something of a central square for Malibu, with new vendors and delicious eats bringing in locals every Sunday.
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From luxe retreat The Ranch to Malibu’s best spas, we highlight the top wellness spots in Malibu.
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169 170 CHRIS CORTAZZO The King of Malibu real estate sits down with Mali-
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“LOVE” “I LOVE the new look of the magazine! It really reflects Malibu’s heart and soul! Your editorial and photography are excellent! What a beautiful gift to the Malibu community.” - Jennifer Johnston-Jones, Ph.D., Executive Director and Founder Roots & Wings
“DIGGING IT” “LOVED the feature on Helene! I eat at Malibu Farm whenever I am in Malibu and it is great to see her being showcased. She is a beautiful person and such an asset to the community. Also really digging Malibu Magazine’s new look!!” - Kate Yingling, Agoura Hills
“SO GREAT!” “The issue of the magazine that just hit my desk is really super! I have been doing business on this coast for over 50 years and I really think you guys have captured this moment in time!!” - Bob Morris, Paradise Cove Beach Cafe Malibu
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Krug Journey Malibu On January 30, Krug Champagne hosted the latest installment of their Krug Journey event series, with a special evening at the Malibu home of Hope and Robert Smith. Billed as a celebration of the intersection of food, champagne, and music, guests enjoyed a lavish meal from renowned Trois Mec/Petit Tros chef Ludo Lefebvre, and performances by Tony-award winning vocalist, Leslie Odom Jr. Esteemed fashion designer Naeem Khan outfitted various celebrity attendees including Fast and Furious star Jordana Brewster, DJ Samantha Ronson and Mission: Impossibleâ€™s Paula Patton. Rounding out the night were custom desserts from the acclaimed Dominique Ansel Bakery. The luxurious evening was the perfect
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On Friday, February 9th, Malibu residents gathered on Bluffs Park to participate in a Vision Board workshop. The event was led by Makers Mess, an art studio located in Silver Lake that specializes in curating creative workshops and learning experiences. This particular workshop was based around the idea of visualizing goals for the New Year and helping ensure resolutions come to fruition. Guests of the event were invited to create vision boards to help generate artistic, big-picture representations of the key aspects of their lives, as well as goals and dreams they hope to make reality. With guided help, guests spent their time crafting blank poster boards with magazines, fabrics, colored-pencils, and more to make the vision board their own, diving deep into their ideal plans and visions for the coming months and years.
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The Journey is the Destination Over 150 Malibuites were excited to enter the creative realm of Dan Eldon and his captivating stories Friday February 2nd at Malibu City Hall for the opening of â€œThe Journey is the Destinationâ€?. Dan Eldon tragically lost his life at age 22 in Somalia but was survived through his journals bursting at the seams with rich stories portraying a worldly struggle. As a photojournalist, activist and artist, Eldon traveled around the world and observed famine, poverty and war-stricken countries while creating beautiful works of art. He was known for telling critical stories of those without a voice. The City Hall exhibition features his imaginative storytelling methods with the inclusion of twenty-five limited edition prints composed of multilayered, raw paintings, as well as journal entries and letters. The exhibition will be on display until until May 31.
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Accidental Paleo Book Launch Eager foodies gathered at the beautiful Santa Monica home of LivingHomes Managing Director and CEO Steven Glenn on February 17 to celebrate the publication of Lauren Lobleyâ€™s much-anticipated cookbook, The Accidental Paleo. Lobley, a Malibu native, is the mastermind behind popular healthy living and wellness blog Delectable You. Guests at the event were treated to a variety of samples from some of Lobleyâ€™s recipes, from banana chocolate chip coconut muffins to spicy roasted cauliflower and sweet potato sushi. Guests left with gift bags provided by Primal Kitchen. Finn and Julie Kappe
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Amy Shumer’s Malibu Wedding For their surprise wedding, comedian Amy Schumer and chef Chris Fischer chose a private seaside villa in Malibu, trading vows at sunset on February 13th. The small ceremony included only 80 guests, with stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Larry David and Jennifer Aniston in attendance. The wedding came as a bit of a surprise to Schumer fans, her relationship with Fischer only going public late last year. In a video of the ceremony Schumer posted on her Instagram, she explained in her vows the seemingly hurried nature of the wedding. “People are wondering why the rush?” she said. “It’s because I truly cannot wait another another second to be your wife.”
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Advocating For Our Youth Gabi Frank was born and raised in LA but sought out Malibu for the peaceful beach scene, and soon found herself playing a larger role in building Malibu’s future generations than she could have ever imagined. Frank began her professional career as a commercial director at RadicalMedia, but the hustle and bustle of the job could not accommodate the time she hoped to devote to raising her two sons. After accepting an invitation to become the “room mom” for her son Auguste’s kindergarten class, she gradually found herself becoming more involved in her son’s education. Now, Frank serves as the Parent Teacher Association president, and has found a “sense of empowerment” in working to make a positive difference in the education of Malibu’s youth. Frank says, “the more you use your voice as a parent in the process of your child’s journey through school, the better it is for your kids.” When Frank is not working for the general youth of Malibu, she enjoys spending time with her own boys outdoors. “I’m a huge proponent of keeping the kids outside and off the phones. The more we can do outside, the happier I am.” MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Gabi Frank for her dedicated work towards bettering Malibu’s public schools and providing an even better future for the community’s students.
Minister and Mother to All Joyce Stickney has preached at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church for over a decade, but her open-hearted ministry reaches far beyond her Malibu parish. Growing up traveling through underdeveloped communities in Latin America, Stickney grew her compassionate, worldly perspective at an early age, leading her to ordainment at the young age of 28. For Stickney, family doesn’t end with blood relation. “Family is very fluid now, and creative. We’ve been a foster family for five years,” she says, “Church is my family too. Those lines often get blurred.” It is evident that the mother of seven extends her strong family love to her parish, whose members often knit each other prayer shawls, share meals together, and conduct community outreach. While the Malibu resident considers herself more of a nomad, always seeking change, she says she found her ‘fit’ preaching and caring for the community in Malibu. “Everywhere I go, you stop and talk to people, I love that. My whole life is interconnected. I’m going to try to be a minister to everyone, it doesn’t matter if you’re part of the church. That’s probably why I’m still here. I have no desire to try something new.” MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Joyce Stickney for her open-armed, welcoming attitude and her devotion to not only her own family but the entire Malibu family.
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PEOPLE WE LOVE KALIN & BOYAN KINOV
New & Old Traditions
Although Kalin Kilov has only lived in the U.S. for less than four years, he and his brother Boyan have quickly become beloved faces throughout Malibu. As co-owners of John’s Garden, the Bulgarian nationals have helped update the venerated cafe’s years-old menu, integrating a rotating weekly special entree, all while remaining true to the classic staples the community has loved for decades. “At some point, you’ve tried everything three times,” said Kalin. “That’s the idea of the weekly special. Even if you’re a customer for 35 years you still have something to surprise you.” Deep-seated loyalty to the heritage of the 43-year-old eatery has been at the core of the Kinov brothers’ takeover. Boyan worked at John’s Garden for years before he was offered the chance to buy out the restaurant from the founding Musante family in 2012. Kalin joined his brother a couple years later, leaving a management position at Coca Cola in Bulgaria to join both his brother and his parents, who had all immigrated to the U.S. years before. Sitting on the shaded patio outside John’s Garden on a characteristically beautiful day, Kalin gestures towards the idyllic country mart central plaza. “I love it,” he said. “This is such a great place to be.” MALIBU MAGAZINE loves the Kinov brother for their commitment to both culinary innovation and deep seated traditions.
Healing Malibu Through 5 Points Everyone from Olympic athletes to buttoned-up businessmen have visited 5 Point Yoga for Ted McDonald’s restorative flows. As a passionate endurance athlete, McDonald discovered the perfect equalizer to his high-exertion fitness regimens in the slow, peaceful movements of yoga. McDonald’s studio, 5 Point, is grounded in McDonald’s five core values: nutrition, mental wellness, community, environment, and physical fitness. Since its beginnings in 2010, McDonald has aimed to bring these five points to the Malibu community and beyond. McDonald’s healing has reached all over the world through his philanthropic involvement with the charity, GO Campaign, and through his own company, Adventure Yoga Retreats. As a Lululemon Ambassador, McDonald had the chance to travel and teach yoga to Tour de France competitors. He also met his wife, Lauren Lobley, at the Beverly Hills location. Lobley shares McDonald’s passion for wellness, working as a health coach, chef, and recent author, having just published the cookbook The Accidental Paleo. “Part of me is a little bummed about it because now everyone knows what I eat,” said McDonald with a laugh. “My secret is out!” In his free time, McDonald enjoys being in the mountains, his “happy place”, focusing on his personal and spiritual growth, and spending time with family. MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Ted McDonald for his inspiring work ethic and his genuine desire to extend wellness and healing to the Malibu community.
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Inspiring Malibu’s Students Although Mark Demick has only been at Point Dume Elementary School for four years, the fun but focused principal has already made a lasting impact on the students, the school, and the Malibu community. Drawn to Malibu to be closer to his daughter, the father of two now works in one of the most esteemed school districts around, though that wasn’t always the case. With over 30 years of experience, Demick spent much of his career turning around low-performing schools in Washington State. His passion and drive comes from growing up with two parents who were also educators. “I like the family part of it,” he said. “My mom and dad were there at 3 o’clock when I got home because they were teachers.” Demick says his move to Malibu has exceeded expectations. From driving his golf cart to school to mountain biking, paddleboarding, learning to surf and Malibu’s strong community connection, Demick couldn’t be happier with his new home. “The Malibu community means, to me, support,” he said. “If I go to a play, baseball, soccer, the community is there to support the kids.” At Point Dume Elementary School, Demick plans on continuing to inspire each and every one of his students. “I’m most passionate about the students feeling important, included, that they’re capable of anything,” he said. MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Mark Demick not only for his role in educating Malibu’s youth, but for his work in creating a safe, fun and inspiring learning environment and making sure no student gets left behind.
One of the Biggest Hearts Equestrian, grandmother, and lover of people and animals alike, Big Heart Ranch owner Suzi Landolphi exemplifies the compassionate spirit of Malibu. Landolphi devotes much of her time utilizing her horses’ “big hearts” to provide healing to children and veterans. Big Heart Ranch began with just three retired race horses, a few goats, a couple of alpcas, and a pig, and has not stopped growing since. Her training process teaches clients to be gentle and trust themselves. “You have to think, feel, and act honestly or else the horse won’t trust you,” she says. The most challenging — and in return rewarding — aspect of her work is “waiting until ‘human beings who are valuable and deserve to make a wonderful life’ see their value in the eyes of the animal. The animals already see them as valuable because they have no judgment.” MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Suzi Landolphi for giving hope to those suffering and offering compassion to anyone who needs it.
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Malibu’s Wildlife Advocate While Malibu is widely recognized for its pristine beaches, lush mountains, and deep blue Pacific waters, many fail to recognize the work required to maintain the health of this ecology. That is, unless you are Jennifer Brent, who accepts this caretaking necessity in her daily life. Brent is the Executive Director of the California Wildlife Center, which enables her to employ her passion for wildlife through advocacy and education. “It’s about educating people to be more thoughtful,” she says. “There isn’t a predictable day, and if I need a break, I’ll go downstairs and feed some baby squirrels.” Brent’s adoration for wildlife and ecology extends far beyond the workplace, taking her to places such as the plains of New Zealand and the depths of the Great Barrier Reef. Brent relishes her ability to work and educate in such a beautiful place. “The people who have been here a long time are very committed to the animals and the environment. You don’t live here unless you want to see the ocean and be in nature. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.” MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Jennifer Brent for her warm heart and her continued efforts to protect Malibu’s wildlife and to educate Malibu’s residents.
Altruistic World-Traveler If there was enough time, Alexandria Skouras, the owner of Pistol & Lucy, would travel everywhere. After owning her own boutique in Paris, Skouras grew tired of traveling back and forth so she decided to set up shop in Malibu, where she has now lived for 23 years. Her multi-brand boutique is full of unique items she has brought back from her adventures abroad. “Wherever I go I always seem to find something new,” said Skouras. “I can find beauty in everything.” One of Skouras’ favorite items in the store are washbags hand-crafted by fishermen in the village of Lamu, Kenya. Due to a travel ban in Lamu, Skouras said, “I know I’m helping a community with these bags and providing jobs for them.” This act of kindness extends to her own travels in Africa. Skouras is passionate about the children at New Hope orphanage in Africa. Her work there is part of the local March to the Top foundation where she has been involved for 10 years. This year, she taught the children how to knit and tell time on watches she brought for them. “Since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to help others,” she said. “It’s just in my DNA.” MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Alexandria Skouras for her ability to find beauty in everything and her philanthropic involvement both abroad and in the community.
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MALIBU EVENTS THIS APRIL AND MAY From a comedy night at Malibu Wines to the much-beloved Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Gathering at Malibu Bluffs Park, now in its 20th year, Malibu has a full schedule of fantastic events for Spring.
Saturday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Lunden Reign at Casa Escobar
Casa Escobar Malibu welcomes the Lunden Reign full band, as well as special guest performances. Singer/songwriter and guitarist Colin Kyffin will kick off the show, followed by Laura and Nikki, who will stage a special performance on pedal steel. Next, Casa Escobar will welcome Crystal Stull, of alt-band Warrens, who is set to perform progressive rock originals. Lunden Reign will round out the night.
Sunday April 8, 7:00 a.m. & Sunday April 22, 7:00 a.m.
Cars & Coffee
Join the community’s top car enthusiasts for a morning fueled with caffeine and the ogling of beautiful vintage cars. Car lovers from all over Southern California converge at the Malibu Bluffs for these unbeatable events.
Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Sips n’ Giggles Comedy Show Enjoy some laughs along with your Pinot Grigio at Malibu Wines’ Sips n’ Giggles comedy show, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Featuring established L.A. standup James Frey as the host, guests are welcome to bring outside food and make a picnic of the night. RSVP gets an advance prepay price of $5, or tickets are $7 cash at the door. Table reservations aren’t required, but to guarantee seating guests can make table reservations online.
Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14-15, 10:00 a.m.
Chumash Day Powwow & Intertribal Celebration
One of Malibu’s most popular events, this Bluffs two-day celebration has been taking place in April of every year for the past 20 years. Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Celebration celebrates Native Americans from across the country, and represents hundreds of tribes. The event includes authentic Native American food, tribal ceremonies and dances, and craft vendors on both days of the event. Thursday, April 17, 8:00 p.m.
The Triplets of Belleville Cine Concert This ground-breaking animated 2003 French feature is one of the most beloved animated films of recent years. On April 17 Pepperdine will welcome the film’s composer Benoit Charest to perform his Oscar-nominated score along with a screening of the film.
The Passing Zone Saves the World
Friday, May 4-6, 7:00 p.m.
America’s Got Talent finalists Jon Wee and Owen Morse take to the smothers Theatre on Sunday, April 22nd to provide laughs and a range of awe-inspiring stunts. The award-winning The Passing Zone has been performing their multi-faceted routine to delighted audiences for decades.
The Young Ministering Adults welcome young adults in their 20s and 30s to attend their annual Spring Retreat at Serra Retreat Center. The event aims to allow young adults to take a moment away from the craziness of life to reflect, pray and grow in faith with other young adults.
Friday, April 27-29, at 5:00 p.m.
AEOE Spring Conference 2018
California nonprofit Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education will hold their statewide spring conference at Camp Hess Kramer from April 27-29, focusing on the theme: Creative a Culture of Science. 2018 workshops will include presentations on creating connections with nature, education in the age of technology, bringing the outdoors into the classroom, leadership for a greener tomorrow and science and society. Early registration is now available, or walk-in registration is open on the days of the conference.
Sunday, May 6, 11:00 a.m.
Come celebrate family and the community at the Malibu Festival. Enjoy live musical performances, a taste of local Malibu cuisine and games, crafts and attractions for the entire family. 100% of proceeds go towards Juan Cabrillo, Point Dume Marine Science and Webster elementary schools.
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Drumming Class Demonstration This workshop will take place at the Michael Landon Community Center, and aims to provide drummers with the essentials to strengthen their craft and be a ‘confident contributor’ to a drum circle. The instructor will cover a variety of drumming essentials such as rhythm and balance to help develop students’ skills.
YMA Annual Spring Retreat
Saturday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 12:30 p.m.
Healthy Mind, Body & Soul, Teen Wellness Event Wellness enthusiasts ages 11-18 or welcome to a day of free exercise events thanks to the Malibu Country Mart, Pure Barre and 5 Point Yoga. Sponsored by the Harry Barovsky Memorial Youth Commission, waivers with parent signatures will be required to participate. RSVP in advance to email@example.com.
The Surfaris and The Ventures Live from Malibu
Casa Escobar hosts a night of local music. Performances start with The Bruce Pied Blues Band at 8 p.m. and the Malibooz at 8:45, and go until 10:45 with The Ventures. MM
WOW! A FLIGHT ABOVE CARBON BEACH Malibu Magazine took off with veteran paraglider and guide Claude Fiset for an exhilarating new perspective of our home town. High above Malibuâ€™s shores we experienced views of the mountains, coastline and sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean that took our breath away.
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MALIBU MAGAZINE TAKES FLIGHT While this is a once in-alifetime experience for many of Fiset’s clients, it’s a typical Tuesday in the office for the experienced guide. With years of experience, Fiset has logged over 10,000 flights.
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FREEDOM FROM ABOVE This bird’s-eye view of the pier encapsulates the feeling of escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day live that paragliding affords. “There’s nothing better than that, as far as freedom,” Fiset said. “You leave your problems on the ground and you fly away.”
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PRIME REAL ESTATE The Uptimal paragliding tour showcases some of the most beautiful beachfront properties Malibu has to offer, with well-manicured landscape and terraces overlooking the expanse of deep blue waters of the Pacific.
21 MILES UP THE MALIBU COAST With visibility along Malibu’s beaches for miles, the paragliding adventure provides ample opportunity to witness the “21 miles of Scenic Beauty” as the Chamber of Commerce signs boast.
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THE VIEW’S BETTER FROM UP HERE Paragliding beside the Santa Monica Mountains and over the shimmering depths of the Pacific Ocean, allows for a view of Malibu’s Billionaire’s Beach.
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CARBON BEACH LANDING PAD
After taking off from the Santa Monica Mountains and soaring high over PCH, Fiset guides his clients to a steady Carbon Beach landing, which never fails to elicit astonished reactions from beach-goers.
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CLAUDE FISET ULTIMATE ADVENTURER With 30 years of experience, 10,000 flights and a perfect safety record under his belt, Claude Fiset is the perfect person to help you reach new heights (2,500 feet above sea level, to be exact). ✎ written by Molly Strawn photographed by Julie Wuellner
enerally, sane people don’t want to jump off ocean cliffs in Malibu. But when you’re attached to a paraglider and one of the best instructors around, the death-defying adrenaline rush suddenly seems like a lot more fun. With over 20,000 passengers flown over 29 years and a perfect track record to boast, Claude Fiset owns the only paragliding company in the city, Uptimal, taking beachgoers soaring high over Malibu. Initially geared for a career in mechanics, this engineer chose to pursue his dreams of flying high for a living. He was instantly hooked on the new sport of paragliding the first time he tried it. At the age of 24, the sport soon dominated his life while he lived in Canada. The same day as his first flight, he bought his own paraglider. Soon he was buying more, jumping from anywhere he could, flying down icy rivers at night and reading every paragliding magazine that he could get his hands on. He was
determined to learn the ins and outs of his new passion. “[My friend and I] both tried it. My friend never did it again, and I never could stop,” Fiset said. Fiset started his career working in his intended profession: engineering. For a few years, he worked at one of the largest firms in Quebec before discovering that the company was involved in numerous scams to cheat their clients. Having just discovered paragliding, Fiset was rapidly losing interest.“I would drive to work, and I would look at the flags and think it was the wind day to go flying. So I would take the next exit, turn around and go fly. I wouldn’t even show up for work,” Fiset said. “The work they had for me was not very interesting.” Today, he not only has tover ten thousand flights under his belt and owns
CATCHING UP MM got to sit down with Claude Fiset for an exclusive interview about his career, passions and engineering background.
three businesses, but he has utilized his engineering experience to develop products for paragliding and the biomedical field. He is also an advanced skier, mountain biker and kayak instructor. In true entrepreneurial fashion, Fiset popped up paragliding schools and businesses wherever he could, first utilizing small mom-and-pop ski resorts as his primary locations. “It wasn’t ideal, but it worked,” Fiset said. Soon, he was offering paragliding flights and lessons at the largest ski resort in Quebec. As the sport became more and more popular, Fiset’s schedule was always booked with new perspective flyers. He kept his school open there for eight years before buying another paragliding school in Whistler, British Columbia where he spent five summers and two winters. The other three winters he spent on the Big Island of Hawaii. But no matter where he was, Fiset was hooked on the unbridled freedom paragliding offered him. “There’s nothing better than that, as far as freedom,” Fiset said. “You leave your problems on the ground, and you fly away.” After two winters on the Big Island, he realized Hawaii was not quite his financial or customer target. It was while still running his businesses in Canada and Hawaii that he took an RV trip to explore California for five months. That trip changed everything. “I took the RV down here, traveled all over the place, looked for the
CLAUDE FISET The renowned paragliding guide is a a modern day Renaissance man, from his work in engineering and travels around the world to the numerous businesses he has founded.
best place to run this business,” Fiset said. From there, he made the game-changing decision to move his business to Southern California. “I figured there’s so much money and 10 million people right there, so I moved to the area,” Fiset said. He tried testing the winds in numerous cities up and down the coast before settling on Malibu. His paragliding business here has been up and running for 15 years now with Fiset spending about eight months out of the year in Southern California and the rest of his time in Costa Rica. Fiset takes off from high in the Malibu hills and lands directly on Carbon Beach.“Malibu is especially good because you’ve got the ocean breeze,” Fiset said. “The distance between the beach and the mountain top is two and a half miles, which is considerable. It is a good environment to generate all those good updrafts.” Denise Lynn, a customer of Uptimal, took high to the sky with Fiset for her unique perspective on the Malibu Coastline. “If you want to have an amazing experience in the beautiful city of Malibu, consider paragliding with Claude. His passion for the sport is obvious and makes the entire experience much more enjoyable,” Lynn said in an email interview. “Surrounded by amazing views of mountains, coastline, and ocean, the day just won’t get much better.” Ken Dixon, a fellow paraglider with four years of experience, calls Fiset a meticulous pilot who is continuously
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Fiset said. “The motors are very high performance.” Paired with the great winds along the Malibu cliffs, Fiset can take off with a passenger with minimal effort. He continues updating his designs, using them for his business and selling to avid paragliders. OUR SPECIAL TIP
Depending on the experience you are looking for, Fiset offers paragliding, paramotor tandem flights or personal flight lessons. Once you decide on your type of adventure, we recommend bringing a small camera or GoPro to document the beauty below. But don’t worry, if you forget Fiset can record your flight for a small fee.
RAISED ON ADVENTURE Fiset discovered his passion for extreme sports early on ranging from skiing to whitewater kayaking to mountain biking and paragliding.
pushing the boundaries. Dixon started flying in the same area and has assisted Fiset for three years, helping get people up and down the mountain safely. “He is one of the best pilots I’ve ever worked with,” Dixon said. “His knowledge level is very advanced.” On top of taking people soaring, he has utilized his engineering talents and knowledge of CAD (computer-aided design) programs since 2001 to make his very own fan and motor system for powered paragliding. Powered paragliding gives the flyer an extra push and more control in the air allowing Fiset to take off directly from the beach. When he looked into buying a powered paragliding fan for his business, none of the devices on the market met all of his needs. Dissatisfied with his options, he
set out to make his own with better fuel reserves and better body positioning in a compact travel-friendly size. His design features a unique two-motor system specifically for powered paragliding. The motor is so quiet, Fiset says, that people often hear the waves and the road traffic instead of him. The frame of the engine is designed to collapse on impact, making rough landings even safer. Heavy gasoline is also positioned closer to the body, making the same amount of fuel feel lighter. The fiberglass connecting robs are also easy to replace so that pilots can get back up in the air the same day they break. For the finishing touch, the entire system can be broken down and fit inside a 28-inch suitcase. “I think it is better engineered than all the other ones. It just feels right,”
At the end of the day, however, simply paragliding along the ocean still holds Fiset’s heart. The hills above Malibu Pier offer the most consistent wind for the best ride around. “A business like [paragliding] keeps you a little younger. You’ll see when you try it,” Fiset said. “For me, it was a life changer.” Fiset believes that he will never know everything about the sport of paragliding. Learning about developments day to day and year to year keeps him a constant student, something he very much enjoys. “It’s something you keep learning,” Fiset said. “There’s no point in anyone’s flying career where they think they know everything. There’s always something new. It’s an art.” Looking to soar high into the sky with Fiset? After meeting you at the Carbon Beach access, he drives high into the Santa Monica Mountains with you, where you take off for your scenic flight across Pacific Coast Highway and finally lands you directly back onto the sand. Fiset is avaiable for flights May through November during the week and on the weekends. Visit http://www.malibuparagliding.com to book your once-in-a-lifetime look at Malibu from the sky. MM Claude Fiset, Uptimal www.malibuparagliding.com (805) 285-2405
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SHOPPING WHATâ€™S HOT IN MALIBU STORES
Boho Elegance Hiptique has emerged as a much-loved Malibu fashion destination since its opening last year in May. Boasting both beach-y, boho simplicity and a penchant for trendy sophistication, Hiptique offers a range of SoCal essentials. Outfit staples include flowy blouses, oversized sweaters, form-flattering bodysuits and chic eveningwear from designer names like Alexis and Veronica Beard.
30745 Pacific Coast Hwy (310) 399-6105 www.hiptique.com
ROOM AT THE BEACH
Beachy Meets Sophisticated Founded by designer Elizabeth Lamont, Room at the Beach has long been a one-stop-shop for Malibu residents looking to achieve that perfect elegant and chic yet distinctly beach-y Malibu aesthetic for years. With over 20 years of experience, Lamont has cultivated a beautiful range of pieces and accessories to outfit every room in your home, from the kitchen to the dining room to the bedroom. Products range from home décor such as elegant tablewear by Jars France and luxury bedding from Dea of Italy to exquisitely-crafted furniture.
ROOM AT THE BEACH
3835 Cross Creek Road Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 456-9777 roomatthebeachmalibu.com
SORENITY ROCKS MALIBU
A True Malibu Gem Since opening its doors last year, Sorenity Rocks Malibu’s sparkling crystals have caught the eye of locals, tourists and wellness enthusiasts alike. Owner, Lenise Soren’s passion for wellness, art and community connection drove her to create a store and venue for meditation events, healing workshops, and play readings among other things. With an extensive collection of stunning crystals as well as locally handcrafted jewelry, Sorenity Rocks Malibu is an incomparable Malibu destination.
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3939 Cross Creek Rd Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 387-8373 sorenityrocksmalibu.com
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WORDLY PRODUCTS Block scouts his pieces everywhere from highend boutiques in Paris to little-known markets in Italy and Spain.
Rare European Antiques
or the last 30 years, Stephen Block, owner of Inner Gardens, has taken 4-5 trips around the world each year in search of rare and gorgeous garden antiques, visiting little-known markets and relying on a carefully cultivated network of international dealers. His selections are then packaged, crated, stuffed into a 40 foot container and shipped on the ocean to the Inner Gardens showrooms in Culver City and the new Malibu location. “I’m a treasure hunter at heart,” Block says “I just go in search of treasures, buy-
ing the most beautiful things I can find with no notion of who I’m going to sell them to. I just buy what I love.” While Block has traveled around the world in search of unique finds, his eye has been primarily set on Europe this year. He recently returned with a large collection of exquisite pieces from England, Southern France, Tuscany and Northern Spain, among other locations. And while Block says he never travels in search of specific items, there is certainly an aesthetic to which he gravitates. “I’m always looking for beautiful patina,” he says. “What does the surface look like?
What does the paint look like? What does the iron look like? That’s what drives me. I’m not looking for anything that looks new. I want items to show their age. No Botox for me.” For a deeper glimpse into the mind and stylings of Stephen Block, visit one of the Inner Gardens showrooms, which will transport you from youthful California to soulful Europe in an instant. MM
6432 Busch Drive, Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 457-9091 www.innergardens.com
TREASURE HUNTER Inner Gardens owner Stephen Block travels to Europe 4-5 times a year to find rare antique gardenwear for his store.
Sumptuous Workout Looks Each item on the racks at SQN Sport provides quality that you can feel, with every piece 100% American-made. SQN ensures a stylish workout, with trendy, bold colored tops and exquisitely-patterned pants all produced in breathable, comfortable fabrics perfect for any kind of workout. And for those looking for a more minimalist design, SQN also excels in neutral-colored basics for a more low-key gym look. Visit SQN to outfit your workout in stylish comfort.
23410 Civic Center Way Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 633-4966 www.sqnsport.com
PISTOL & LUCY
Worldly Treasures This quaint PCH boutique opened just four years ago but its already hard to imagine Malibu without it. With a mission to create a shopping experience in which no two women dress alike, Pistol & Lucy owner, Alexandria Skourasâ€™ search for unique and eclectic clothing regularly takes her to exotic destinations such as England, France and Africa. The high-quality items range from relatively afforadable pieces to very high-end in an effort to make the boutique to perfect destination for everyone.
PISTOL & LUCY
21221 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 456-3616 www.pistolandlucy.com
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LUXURY Products represent a wide array of styles, makes and materials,from woven wicker and teak to wrough-iron.
VARIETY Patioworld offers a range of acclaimed outdoor furniture manufacturers, from Brown Jordan to Gloster.
SHOWROOMS Patioworld’s showrooms have been serving Southern Californians for over 40 years, providing outstanding customer service and high-quality inventory.
STYLE In addition to furniture, Patioworld carries a large selection of cushions.
Luxury Outdoor & Patio Furniture
atioworld offers California’s largest selection of premium and exclusive outdoor furnishings. Their friendly staff will help you create an entirely unique look for your outdoor space, with comfort and quality guaranteed to last. Serving California for over 40 years, Patioworld has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation for delivering the highest quality products with outstanding customer service. Their exquisite showrooms feature an extensive assortment of exclusive products manufactured under their “Patioworld Classics” private label, as well as
a huge assortment of products from top outdoor furniture manufacturers like Tropitone, Brown Jordan, Gloster, Kettler, and OW Lee. Visit a Patioworld showroom to find woven wicker, teak, aluminum, and wrought iron products as well as a large selection of cushion and sling seating options. Showrooms also carry dining chairs and tables in all sizes starting at 30” bistro tables and going up to 144” rectangular tables that can seat 12 as well as counter and bar-height sets. In addition, you’ll find extensive deep-seating collections including sofas, loveseats, ottomans and outdoor beds. MM
419 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (805) 418-6172 www.patioworld.net
EAST COAST DEFENDER From start to finish, East Coast Defender allows clients to customize the coveted Land Rover Defender in order to create a one-of-a-kind vehicle. ✎ written by Lo McCarren photographed by Julie Wuellner
EAST COAST DEFENDER
The award-winning automotive group manufactures, designs and personalizes the coveted, but discontinued Land Rover Defender. Each vehicle is fully rebuilt and customized with the client in mind.
EDITOR Malibu Magazine‘s Lo McCarran took E.C.D’s brand new Millinnium Falcon, out for a spin.
ast coast meets west coast in cult-classic style at the helm of the Land Rover Defender; in particular with the East Coast Defender’s fully customized Millennium Falcon. East Coast Defender is an award-winning automotive group that manufactures, designs and personalizes the now discontinued, but widely coveted Land Rover Defender. Headquartered in Kissimmee, Florida with an office in Malibu, E.C.D is an off-road enthusiasts’ dream lab, a place where performance and luxury are unmatched in quality and design potential. E.C.D. is renowned for its commitment
to perfection and dedication to building tailored vehicles while maintaining the integrity of the time-honored favorite. Each vehicle is a full rebuild, manufactured in their Florida shop from concept to completion, beginning with a handson approach giving the client a personal and immersive design experience. I met with Jed Dours at the recently established E.C.D. West Coast Design Studio in Malibu. Jed is a self-proclaimed “Defender-head” who has more knowledge on these cars than a Google search. The Design Studio is sleek and minimalist with a variety of crafted goods for client
MALIBU LOCATION E.C.D. is headquarted in Kissimmee, Florida but recently opened a new design studio in Malibu on Pacific Coast Hwy.
The personalized journey to each client’s dream Defender starts in the design studio with a team member to help guide clients through the process.
When building their one-of-a-kind Defender, clients fully customize their vehicle, choosing from a wide array of steering wheels, pain samples, leather samples, and much more.
inspiration, from racing steering wheels to opulent paint samples, and even mood boards to help the client design their oneof-a-kind Defender. Jed took me out on the newly crafted Millennium Falcon, whose power and aesthetic are just as formidable as its namesake ship from Star Wars. The custom-made Defender 90 features a Kahn Wide Body kit, Masai panoramic windows, LED lighting throughout, and a full Safety Devices roll cage giving it a bold and adventurous appearance, not for the faint-hearted. The guts are equally impressive with a 6.2 liter, 430 hp Chevrolet LS3 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, Borla exhaust, along with 18” Boost/Kahn Alloy wheels, making the Millennium Falcon a true terrestrial force to be reckoned with. It was time for me to take the wheel. Excited and anxious, I opened the door and stretched up into the Millennium Falcon’s driver’s seat. I felt the soft black and white “Storm Trooper-esque” suede of the All-American Series Performance Seats and grasped the perforated leather Momo steering wheel. I felt humbled by the size of this iconic giant, yet omnipotent at my command of this mighty beast. I pushed down on the resilient carbon fiber pedals and was jolted by all 430 horses as we jumped into lightspeed alongside the vast Pacific. Originally built for off-roading and dirty work, this battle-tested machine has come a long way from its rugged roots. With the expertise of E.C.D., the Defender has become more than a weekend warrior - it doesn’t handle like your everyday driver and takes some getting used to when navigating the trenches, but that’s all part of the experience. MM
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LOCATION Eco Auto Spa is conveniently located on Pacific Coast Hwy across from Nobu.
ECO AUTO SPA For environmentally-conscious car-owners, Eco Auto Spa on PCH can’t be beat, offering a range of 100% hand wash services. ✎ written by Caroline Laganas photographed by Cara Harman
Y SERVICES Whether you are looking for a basic car wash, interior or exterior detailing, rim repair, wax, scratch removal, tinting or body work, Eco Auto Spa can do it all in an environmentally-friendly way.
ou don’t have to drive an eco-friendly car to show that you care about the environment. Instead, you can drive into Eco Auto Spa located across the street from Nobu on PCH. “Rather than valeting at Nobu, come get a car wash,” said Jacob Zanki, the manager of Eco Auto Spa. Eco Auto Spa provides “green” car washes by using less water and eco-friendly products. All of the water is filtered at the shop and only four to five gallons are used to clean each vehicle as compared to the roughly 15 gallons of water your average car wash uses per car. “Back in ’09, there was only one car wash in Malibu,” said Zanki. “We felt we were a good fit for Malibu because we met their needs.” The shop originally used steam to clean the cars but the idea quickly dissolved. “It wasn’t doing the job that our customers expected,” said Zanki. “We also only used one gallon in the beginning but it
wasn’t cleaning the car enough. We’re always happy to accommodate and we love our clientele.” The establishment offers a list of services such as a 100% hand car wash, rim repair, waxing and buffing, rubber and plastic reconditioning, scratch removal, interior and exterior detail, off-site car audio, body work and more. “We’re ecologically friendly, we care about the environment, and we have an ocean view,” said Zanki. Customers can expect services to range from $15 to $1,400. “An outside wash with shine on the tires costs $15 while a complete deep cleaning of the vehicle with 10 to 12 coats of wax costs $1,400,” said Zanki. Eco Auto Spa is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. “Malibu is our life blood,” said Zanki. MM
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BLUFFS PARK Every second and fourth Sunday of the month, up to 150 people come to Bluffs Park to enjoy Cars and Coffee.
CARS AND COFFEE Get ready to rev your engines and fill up your coffee cups at the beloved Malibu Cars and Coffee on Bluffs Park ✎ written by Caroline Laganas photographed by Michael Sikov
ARMANDO PETRETTI is the first started Cars and Coffee in October, 2014.
VINTAGE CARS When the event first started, they could fill only 50 percent of the original 100 spots with cars, nowadays the entire Bluffs Park area fills up by 7:20 am.
alibu Cars and Coffee lets car and coffee enthusiasts alike get their fix of caffeine and some of the world’s finest automobiles every second and fourth Sunday of the month from 7-9 a.m. at Malibu Bluffs Park. The free event is hosted by the partnership between the City of Malibu and Exclusive Motorcars. “It’s kind of a junction between nature and the machine,” said Armando Petretti, the owner of Exclusive Motorcars and founder of the event. “You can be surrounded by beautiful nature and cars that are pieces of art.” The event started in October of 2014 after Petretti approached the city with the idea. “As a Malibu resident myself, I wanted to create an event to meet people who have the same passion for cars that I do in a beautiful and simple setting,” he said.
Bob Stallings, the Parks and Recreation Director in 2014, heard Petretti’s plan and helped him with the realization of the project, said Petretti. The cars range from vintage vehicles to Ferraris. “As long as you’re passionate about the car you’re driving, you can show it,” said Petretti. One of the most important sets of wheels is the coffee truck. “We do a lot of events and this is our favorite,” said Paul Blair, owner of Apollo’s Expresso and Shave Ice. “It’s an honor to provide a service to such a great community.” The family-owned business has served its organic and fair-trade coffee at every event. they wait for us.” Between surveying cars and sipping coffee, there’s something for everyone. “It gives you a good excuse to take your car out and go for a drive,” said PeMM tretti.
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