In 1965, Michael DeLeau merged his passion for surfing and diving and opened Malibu Ltd, a retail water sports store in Malibu, on PCH where Zuma Jay’s is now located. Two years later, his friend Barry Snewin joined the business, and together they opened stores in Santa Monica and Van Nuys, renaming the business Scubahaus. Michael’s interests evolved toward photography and he became a documentary underwater filmmaker and still photographer, selling out his interest in the retail stores to Barry.
Rocky Stickel began working at Malibu Ltd while a student at Santa Monica College in 1966 and worked at the Malibu and Santa Monica stores as he completed his degree at UCLA. In the early 70’s he purchased the Santa Monica store from the Snewin family, adding swim products and other water-related products to the inventory.
Scubahaus, at the same location in Santa Monica since 1967, will continue our brick and mortal store as we expand our online sales. As more and more people shop online, we continue to base our business on personal service and hope to expand that service to our online shoppers.