Malibu’s Zuma Beach that Gwen Stefani ‘named’ her son in its honour

ANY beach that a high-profile celebrity uses to name their child is always worthy of a visit.

Although Gwen Stefani has never confirmed it, many have believed over the years that her second child was named after Malibu’s Zuma Beach.

The California hotspot stretches 1.8 miles along the West Coast and one of the most popular tourist areas in the area, thanks to its vast open spaces, beautiful waters and regular sunny weather that all in the Golden State are accustomed to.

It has also become even more famous after appearing in a range of high-profile films including Charlie’s Angels and the 1968 edition of Planet of the Apes.

Zuma Beach sits on USA's West Coast just four miles from Malibu (Flickr/ChrisGoldNY)
Zuma Beach sits on USA’s West Coast just four miles from Malibu (Flickr/ChrisGoldNY)

Zuma Beach is a hotbed for surfers with its waves perfect for windsurfing and body surfing, while in parts along the shore, it is a great place to go swimming – visitors just need to be wary of riptides.

Yet, it is not just watersports that make this beach an incredible destination, with grey whales passing the beach during their winter migration as they travel from the colder waters of the Bering Sea near Alaska down the West Coast to the Baja peninsula in Mexico.

It is no wonder why celebrities head for Zuma Beach all year round with Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford and David Duchovny among those to visit, while being one of the best places in Malibu, numerous other A-listers are likely to have headed to the seaside hotspot off of California State Route 1.

Yet, very few have chosen to call their child after a beach.

Cool and Hollaback Girl singer Gwen Stefani gave birth to Zuma Nesta Rock in August 2008 alongside then-husband Gavin Rossdale.

And while the former Voice judge has never revealed the true meaning behind her son’s unusual name, it is widely believed that it comes from an turning point in his father’s life.

According to baby name expert Pamela Redmond Satran in 2008, Gavin, the lead singer and guitarist for rock band Bush, chose Zuma as it referred to where he had an epiphany that changed his life.

As reported by People, Pamela told Us Weekly at the time: “He was standing on Zuma Beach in the early morning after working all night as a production assistant on a music video and was quoted as saying he realised he was wasting his time.

Zuma Beach has become one of the most popular beaches in the area and a hotbed for celebrities and film crews (Flickr/Chris M Morris)
Zuma Beach has become one of the most popular beaches in the area and a hotbed for celebrities and film crews (Flickr/Chris M Morris)

“He drove up the coast, slept in his car and started making the moves that would launch his career.”

Young Zuma was not the first child that Gwen and Gavin had decided to give an unusual name, with their first-born Kingston named after the Jamaican capital, while their youngest Apollo refers to the Greek god of prophecy.