Hurricane Swell Lights Up the California Coast

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

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. © Corey Wilson
The afternoon bounce
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point
The afternoon bounce Deal with it. Or, safer bet, just watch from the beach. © Corey Wilson
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. © Corey Wilson
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. © Corey Wilson
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. © Corey Wilson
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. © Corey Wilson
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? © Corey Wilson
Wedge from above
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point
Wedge from above It's a game of refractions. © Corey Wilson
Seriously, this is California?
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point
Seriously, this is California? Think about it. © Corey Wilson
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. © Corey Wilson
Empty dreams
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point
Empty dreams Insert yourself here. © Corey Wilson
Take the elevator
Hurricane Marie swell at Newport Point
Take the elevator The drops weren't easy, but somebody had to take 'em. © Corey Wilson
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