Surfrider Hotel


Inspired by the picturesque Malibu landscape and rich heritage of California surf culture, The Surfrider was completely rebuilt and expanded in 2017 and personifies Malibu’s historic beach-town community. The redesign of the original 1950s-era motel has transformed The Surfrider into a contemporary boutique hospitality asset which provides guests
an unparalleled experience that is unforgettable and unique to Malibu. This California landmark boasts 18 rooms and two suits, a library, a guest-only rooftop bar and a restaurant. Since opening, The Surfrider has ranked in the Conde Naste Traveler Hot List 100 and press awarded in Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler, and New York Times.

Matt designed, developed, co-owned and operated The Surfrider Hotel in Malibu, CA which won many accolades during
his tenure including the most acclaimed awards in the travel industry including Conde Nast’s Gold List 2020 & 2021,
Hot List 2018 (best new boutique hotel), Reader’s Choice Awards 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 and been recognized by Trip Advisor in the Top 10% of Hotels worldwide in their Award of Excellence and Traveler’s Choice Awards. Matt and his partners successfully sold the Surfrider Hotel in December 2021 after a 7-year investment for a record price of $1.5M per key, $30M total. Christopher consulted on the project rebuild and expansion development from inception to project completion.

With the reopening of this California landmark, Malibu got a new standard of sustainably minded, relaxed coastal living.

— "Bon Voyage" by Gestalten