Southern California is seeing the kind of epic surf usually associated with Hawaii or Tahiti. Beaches are thronged with wave riders and crowds are coming to watch the action even as seaside communities try to stave off damage from the ocean onslaught.
Onlookers gather along the beach to watch storm waves from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach, Calif. in Seal Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions.
Beach chairs are covered in mud in the flooded beachfront area on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.
Beachgoers are evacuated as surf overwhelms the beach as huge swells from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico caused unexpected flooding at the oceanfront in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.
Lifeguards check on two surfers as waves pound the Hueneme beach pier in Port Hueneme, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town, knocking pilings from under the Malibu Pier and drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.