California Surfers Ride Massive Waves Whipped Up By Hurricane Marie

Lifeguards said only the most experienced surfers and body boarders should attempt the waters Wednesday. Waves were reported at up to 25 feet along the Southern California coastline, and some beach cities saw flooding.

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A bogieboarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico.

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A surfer flies off a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday.

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Hurricane Marie is pictured drawing in the remnants of Hurricane Karina in the Pacific Ocean, 900 miles west of Baja California in this NASA handout satellite image from Tuesday.

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A surfer rides a wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. Wednesday.

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A bogieboarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. Wednesday.

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Onlookers standing on a sand berm watch as big waves come into shore from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions.

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A man carries his board as he walks through the flooded beachfront properties Wednesday in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico’s Pacific coast.

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A big wave from Hurricane Marie smashes against the Seal Beach pier on Wednesday.

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Orange County Firefighters watch as big waves come into shore from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday.

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Onlookers gather along the beach to watch storm waves from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach Wednesday.

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A bulldozer continues to build sand berms as waves from Hurricane Marie begin to flood the beach in Seal Beach, Calif. Wednesday.

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From a safe distance behind a barricade of traffic cones, beachgoers watch huge waves crash onto the shore at The Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. Tuesday.

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Surfers come close to colliding as they gather off the shore of Solana Beach, California to catch waves being generated out in the Pacific Ocean by Hurricane Marie on Wednesday.

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A man walks through the flooded beachfront properties on Wednesday in Seal Beach, Calif.

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Beach chairs are covered in mud in the flooded beachfront area on Wednesday in Seal Beach, Calif.

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A bogieboarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. Wednesday.

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A large crowd gathers to watch surfers and body surfers ride waves at the wedge on Wednesday.

VIDEO: Surfer is launched into the air in Newport Beach, where waves are reaching 25 ft http://t.co/AjLet0f9Gq

— KTLA (@KTLA)

The @LACoLifeguards made 115 Ocean Rescues yesterday and have already made several today. Please Use Caution!!

— LACoLifeguards (@LA County Lifeguards)

Great shot of the big waves happening at The Wedge by David Manasen.

— NewportBeach (@Newport Beach, Calif)

A wind map shows Marie in the Pacific on Wednesday.

Drone video captured surfers taking advantage of the waves off Malibu.

26. Damage extended to Catalina Island.

Photo of what's left of White's Landing Pier on Catalina Island after high surf and storm surge #Marie

— DonKnabe (@Don Knabe)

Today's storm surge caused significant damage on Catalina Island #Marie

— DonKnabe (@Don Knabe)

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