August 28, 2014

Hurricane Marie Swell in California

“Big Wednesday” Hits SoCal!

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August 27th, 2014 – The day Pipeline came to Newport! Photo by Zak Noyle.

Everyone has seen the national news headlines and stories about our HUGE swell in Southern California from Hurricane Marie. Unfortunately, those major news networks don’t show anything good as none of their staff have a clue about surfing. Wednesday was truly an epic day for SoCal and the pics and videos coming in from sessions around Orange County, Malibu, and elsewhere are amazing. Check out some of the best pics from the swell!

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Hurricane Marie’s direction and path was ideal for Southern California. She skirted right off the coast of Baja in a north west direction at a very slow pace. Perfect swell generator!

 Newport Beach

Newps was as big and clean as it gets in Southern California. With clear blue water, boardshorts, and a zillion pros in the water it certainly looked a lot like Pipeline!

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Puerto Rico’s Dylan Graves on a macker in Newport. Photo Peter Taras.
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Pipeline comparisons are easy to make on set waves like this. Photo by Tom Carey.
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How many feet on the face would say this wave is? Photo by Corey Wilson.
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ASP World Tour ripper Kolohe Andino fresh off the plane from the Billabong Pro Tahiti and right into similar size barrels at home! Photo from Kolohe’s Instagram.
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As good as it gets. Photo by Peter Taras.

Malibu at Double-Overhead Plus!

Malibu’s southeast facing beaches soaked up every bit of Marie’s steep SSE swell. From the iconic point up to Zuma, guys were scoring waves of a lifetime.

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Malibu breaking WAY outside of the pier. Ever recall such a sight? Photo by Bryce Lowe-White.
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North Malibu hideaway. Photo by Noah Erickson.
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Zuma Beach had barrels for days! Photo Bryce Lowe-White.
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Malibu local Joe Rickabaugh scoring a nug at Zuma. Photo by Jon Shaffer.

Overhead in Santa Barbara!

SB is typically blocked from south swells because of the Channel Islands. However, Marie’s 165 degree angle allowed surf to make it’s way up the coast to the delight of local Santa Barbarians. It was of course much smaller than Newport, but for SB surfers it was an all time day nonetheless.

Nothing beats local Realtor Gabe Venturelli’s endless drainer. Check out the video by Tom Modugno!

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Even at high tide the sandbar was holding. Photo by Sean Bronston-Wilson.
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More sandbar fun. Photo by Sean Bronston-Wilson.
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The backwash was a menace at times, but it comes with the territory when surfing this spot. Photo Ryan Richardson.
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Dreamy conditions in SB. Photo Ryan Richardson.
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The morning low tide saw some mushier ones up the beach from the harbor. Photo by Sean Bronston-Wilson.
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It got a little better as the tide pushed in. Photo Ryan Richardson.
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A lucky SB surfer gets one to himself. Photo Ryan Richardson.

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