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High Seas Pound Southland Beaches

About 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, the normally-placid Seal Beach turned tidal with 15-foot waves. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
High surf drew large crowds at Seal Beach as Los Angeles County lifeguards warned swimmers to stay out of the water and off exposed rocks. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Daunting yet enticing, high waves closed Seal Beach Pier for onlookers, while the view from the beach still made for awesome sights. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
A body-boarder and a surfer collided at Seal Beach. Capt. Mike Cunningham from the Los Angeles County Fire Department Life Guards warned surfers “not to overestimate their abilities.” (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Paramedics took a surfer to the hospital after he reportedly broke his leg while surfing on the south side of the Seal Beach Pier. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Northwest of LAX airport, Sandra Defazio and husband Charles photographed one of the two sail boats set adrift by waves on Dockweiler Beach. (Carlos Chavez / LAT)
Another boat tipped toward higher ground as waves swept inland at Dockweiler Beach. (Carlos Chavez / LAT)
North of Los Angeles in Ventura County, waves thrashed the beach at Oxnard Shores. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
The Ventura Pier closed after high waves threatened its support system. (Stephen Osman / LAT)

Big enough for two: massive waves attracted only the bravest north of Ventura at Rincon Point.

 (Stephen Osman / LAT)
In Manhattan Beach, visitors watch the waves from a rocky viewpoint near 45th Street. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Waves from high surf caused by a series of storms in the Pacific Ocean roll into Manhattan Beach. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)