Epic Surf Wows California
Hurricane Marie's waves pound coast
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2014 4:11 AM CDT
A bike rider makes his way through a flooded street after high tide and large waves caused heavy flooding in Seal Beach, Calif.    (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)

(Newser) – Southern California is seeing the kind of epic surf usually associated with Hawaii or Tahiti. Beaches are thronged with wave riders, and crowds are coming to watch the action even as seaside communities try to stave off damage from the ocean onslaught. A third day of waves spawned by the far-off Hurricane Marie is expected today before calmer waters return. Spectators lined the shore of the Wedge in Newport Beach yesterday, where 20-foot waves were crashing and some of the world's best surfers were riding.

Lifeguards up and down the coast were kept busy making rescues all day and trying to keep anyone out of the water who did not have strong experience. The huge waves also caused damage: Residents along Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles, swept seawater from ground-floor rooms after flooding overnight, and on Santa Catalina Island, a heavy surge sent sand, water, and some 3,000-pound rocks into a boatyard, causing substantial damage and tossing some dry-docked boats off their stand.

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Aug 28, 2014 1:26 PM CDT
All I need are some tasty waves, cool buzz and I'm fine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAiFSHfMeio
Aug 28, 2014 12:09 PM CDT
Laird Hamilton who's married to Gabrielle Reece has been out there surfing in this. Just yesterday he rescued a guy that was drowning. If you're not a surfer of Hamilton's caliber, it's best to stay on shore and watch the guys that KNOW how to do it.
Chuck Roast
Aug 28, 2014 10:32 AM CDT
Narly wave action, the ambulances will be at the Wedge today (lots of neck injuries). The wedge, by the way is NOT known for board surfing, it's a boogie board, body surfing spot.