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 Blake
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 Blake
Surfers 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 Blake
Surfers 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 Blake
Surfers 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 Blake
Surfers 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 Blake
A big wave from Hurricane Marie smashes against the Seal Beach pier in Seal Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Nick Ut
A big wave from Hurricane Marie smashes against the Seal Beach pier in Seal Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Nick Ut
A swimmer catches a wave at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson
A swimmer catches a wave at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson
A 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 Nicholson
A 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 Nicholson
An 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 Dovarganes
An 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 Dovarganes
A swimmer catches a wave at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson
A swimmer catches a wave at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson
People watch swimmers catch waves at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson
People watch swimmers catch waves at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson
A swimmer catches a wave at The Wedge wave break in Newport Beach, California, on August 27, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson
A 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