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Surfers race to catch massive waves across Southland
Surfers race to catch massive waves across Southland

Mike Lucas charged into the surf at Newport Beach's legendary Wedge, paddling out to brave waves so big they seemed to fill the sky. "You quickly realize you could be dead in a second if you don't know what you're doing," said Lucas, 26, of Huntington Beach. From Santa Barbara to San Diego, the pounding surf — unleashed by Hurricane Marie circulating off the Baja coast — whipped up a quintessential Southern California scene: surfers and body-boarders scrambling to the beach to ride the monster waves while thousands of spectators arrived to bear witness, clogging the roadways and lining the seashore. At the Wedge — where a rock jetty thrust...

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