Hurricane Swell Lights Up the California Coast

Hurricane Marie sends big swell to Southern California and creates the best images you’ll see today.

We’re not much into exaggeration -- we find it easier to just shoot things straight. So take our word for it when we say that the Hurricane Marie swell in Southern California was damn near as good as the region gets.

In fact, it was ridiculous. People -- including Dusty Payne -- compared Newport Beach to Pipeline and those comparisons were actually within reason.

For proof, see the 12 photos below.

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Summertime in California
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Summertime in California

Usually, the season of the sun in California means small, weak waves – on the Marie swell, not so much.

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The afternoon bounce
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

The afternoon bounce

Deal with it. Or, safer bet, just watch from the beach.

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Oliver Kurtz, Banzai Newport
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Oliver Kurtz, Banzai Newport

A lot of people were comparing the waves in Newport to the Banzai Pipeline. That comparison seems lavishly hyperbolic – until you see the photos.

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Oliver Kurtz, part two
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Oliver Kurtz, part two

This is the best Southern California photo that you'll see this year.

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Fresh from Tahiti with Kolohe Andino
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Fresh from Tahiti with Kolohe Andino

Brother got fifth place at Teahupo'o. He got first place in this tube.

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Jamie O'Brien takes a knee
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Jamie O'Brien takes a knee

By all accounts, Jamie was owning this session in Newport. And here's proof.

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Kolohe and Jamie, happy to be on the hunt
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Kolohe and Jamie, happy to be on the hunt

Well, did you see their last two waves?

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Wedge from above
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Wedge from above

It's a game of refractions.

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Seriously, this is California?
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Seriously, this is California?

Think about it.

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Deep thoughts with Spencer Pirdy
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Deep thoughts with Spencer Pirdy

This Newport local was getting barrelled left and right – but mostly just left.

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Empty dreams
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Empty dreams

Insert yourself here.

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Take the elevator
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point

Take the elevator

The drops weren't easy, but somebody had to take 'em.

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