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Surfers take on enormous waves created by Hurricane Marie

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With Hurricane Marie causing havoc off the coast of Southern California, surfers hit the beach to take advantage of the gigantic waves being created by the storm.

The waves rose as high as 15 feet and USA Today reported that it may be "the biggest wave event since 1997." The National Weather Service did its best to discourage people from going in the water in the extreme conditions, noting strong rip currents created by the waves.

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Marie was downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday, but these are probably the biggest waves we have seen since the 50-year storm hit Bells Beach in 1991.

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