That first line of a classic Beach Boys song from 50 years ago comes to mind when I look at the front pages today of the newspapers for which I work.

There’s a hurricane — Marie — churning off the coast of Baja this week. It’s created some of the largest waves Southern California has seen in more than a decade.

In short: The surf was up.

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Run it big and get the hell out of its way. You gotta love it.

That amazing picture was shot yesterday morning by staffer Jeff Gritchen at Outer Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, just on the other side of Long Beach.

The page was designed by my old friend Chris Soprych.

If you think that’s good, check out this stunning picture afront today’s Orange County Register:

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Is that awesome, or what?

Those were surfers braving “the wedge,” a spot near a jetty in Newport Beach, where the waves kind of bounce back across each other, magnifying themselves. The picture is by Foster Snell. Scott Albert designed the page.

Want to see more pictures of the waves? We have ’em here.


SIDE NOTE NO. 1

We’ve seen this storm coming for days. The huge waves were forecast back on Monday. For Tuesday’s paper, Jeff Goertzen put together this graphic that explained how the waves would work.

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SIDE NOTE NO. 2

Jeff’s done several surfing graphics over the years for the Register. Last year, he did a graphic on “the wedge.”

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That ran in June of last year.


SIDE NOTE NO. 3

I don’t work on section fronts, so I had nothing to do with either of those pages. I sit near the news desk, though — in fact, I’m just two desks down from my old Chicago Tribune buddy, Soprych.

However, I wasn’t around when these pages came together yesterday. I had the day off: I was photographing the wedding of my brother-in-law, who flew in from Georgia to get married.

Yesterday. On Little Corona Beach, less than a mile from the wedge.

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When Jim (right) planned this thing a couple of months ago, he had no idea this storm would come along and shut down the beaches.

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Luckily, we were able to get in and out with no problem. Just a whole lot of noise behind us.

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What a day to be out at the beach, though. Wow.

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