Surf's up in California as Hurricane Marie blows by
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:02
California surfers are taking advantage of the big swells generated by Hurricane Marie off the Pacific coast. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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These California surfers are riding out Hurricane Marie.
The Category 2 storm is generating big swells along the west coast, and meteorologists say the waves could reach 15 feet in the coming days.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PROFESSIONAL SURFER, LAIRD HAMILTON, SAYING:
"It's big for California."
So big in fact, that yesterday's waves took out around seven wooden pylons that hold up the Malibu pier. And safety is a concern.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SURFER, KEVIN AUGNAS, SAYING:
"The waves are big but, the water is moving so fast and as you can see the pier here - people just get swept under it pretty quickly."
In Newport Beach, surfers took on 12 foot waves. And spectators got quite a show.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SPECTATOR, SAYING:
"These guys getting crazy rides and people cheering here on the beach -- it's a good show for free."
But it's also risky.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department says people should stay off jetties and breakwalls through Friday to avoid getting swept away by large waves.
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