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Gallery: Surf’s up in California

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Surfers enjoy the swell of waves caused by Hurricane Marie, as they compete for waves near Solana Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Mike BlakeSurfers wait for the next swell of waves generated out in the Pacific Ocean by Hurricane Marie, near Solana Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Mike BlakeSurfers come close to colliding as they gather off the shore of Solana Beach, California, to catch waves being generated out in the Pacific Ocean by Hurricane Marie on August 27, 2014. Picture: Mike BlakeA big wave from Hurricane Marie smashes against the Seal Beach pier in Seal Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Nick UtA swimmer catches a wave at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy NicholsonA swimmer catches a wave at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Tall waves pounded the Southern California coast on Wednesday from Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean, causing coastal flooding in Seal Beach, California, and forcing lifeguards to conduct rescues. Picture: Lucy NicholsonAn unidentified surfer gets assistance from a Los Angeles County lifeguard on a watercraft, as heavy waves crash against the pier in Malibu, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Damian DovarganesA swimmer catches a wave at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy NicholsonPeople watch swimmers catch waves at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy NicholsonA swimmer catches a wave at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson

Waves up to six metres high crashed along the Southern California coast on Wednesday, as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to Los Angeles-area beaches, officials said.

Large swells generated by Hurricane Marie began hitting the Southern California shore on Tuesday, causing coastal flooding in the Orange County town of Seal Beach after dark that inundated garages of 30 coastal homes. - Reuters

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