Southern Californian surfing started in 1907 when Hawai'ian George Freeth performed for a huge crowd at Redondo Beach. Since then Southern California has remained the urban heartland of American surf culture. By the early 1960s people were taking to the waves in numbers as the SoCal beach lifestyle rapidly developed. Today the place is more crazy and crowded than ever, but despite the chaos, surfing in LA can still be a pleasurable experience. Orange County is an extremely populated area south of the steep coves of Palos Verdes peninsular. North Orange County has mainly long, straight beaches, while the southern border reverts back to cliffs and coves again.