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

KTLA@KTLA

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

9:12 AM - 27 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

LA County Lifeguards@LACoLifeguards

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

10:47 AM - 27 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Newport Beach, Calif@NewportBeach

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

3:21 PM - 27 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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A wind map shows Marie in the Pacific on Wednesday.

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

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

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

5:00 PM - 27 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Don Knabe@DonKnabe

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

4:52 PM - 27 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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