Big waves hit California coast
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Pacific swell brings big waves to California coast

A surfer bails-out on a huge wave in Palos Verdes as high surf continues to pound the coast.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

A surfer rides a huge wave in Palos Verdes as high surf continues to pound the coast.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

A surfer wipes-out on a huge wave in Palos Verdes as high surf continues to pound the coast.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

High surf crashes into the rocks and splashing against a home on Capistrano Beach in Dana Point.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A California State Parks lifeguard patrols in a small watercraft near Ventura Pier as powerful  waves damaged the pier.

 (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

The broken tip of a surfboard juts from the sand as a beachcomber plies the beach near Ventura Pier.

 (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Ventura resident Melissa Harvey takes photographs under the Ventura Pier that will remain closed indefinitely after powerful waves slammed California’s coast Monday and damaged the 146-year-old structure.

 (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

A surfer rides a big wave near the pier in San Clemente.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A surfer rides a wave at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay. A giant swell brought waves of up to 50 feet to Northern California.

 (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

A surfer rides a wave at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay.

 (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

A surfer rides a wave at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay.

 (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

A surfer rides a wave at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay.

 (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Waves crash against the Hermosa Beach Pier.

 (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
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