They weren’t there to watch the sunrise. Photo: Taras

They weren’t there to watch the sunrise. Photo: Taras

Next time you play roulette, bet on number 18. Or just play craps instead. Best odds in the casino, craps.

Next time you play roulette, bet on number 18. Or just play craps instead. Best odds in the casino, craps.

An unknown surfer starts his morning with a low line and a high note. Photo: Taras

An unknown surfer starts his morning with a low line and a high note. Photo: Taras

California homeowner Jordy Smith made the long drive up from San Clemente. We hope he drives the speed limit. Photo: Taras

California homeowner Jordy Smith made the long drive up from San Clemente. We hope he drives the speed limit. Photo: Taras

Jordy, snowball fight. Photo: Taras

Jordy, snowball fight. Photo: Taras

You can’t really see Bobby Okvist in this photo, but he probably likes it better that way. Photo: Taras

You can’t really see Bobby Okvist in this photo, but he probably likes it better that way. Photo: Taras

Bobby is a Wedge aficionado. The fact that he wasn’t surfing there is a testament to the fact that Newport’s heaving starlet wasn’t in a good mood today — so poor ol’ Bobby just had to settle for this. Photo: Taras

Bobby is a Wedge aficionado. The fact that he wasn’t surfing there is a testament to the fact that Newport’s heaving starlet wasn’t in a good mood today — so poor ol’ Bobby just had to settle for this. Photo: Taras

We don’t know who this is, but we know that his drop was steep. Photo: Taras

Rusty Long and the lonesome drop. Photo: Taras

No, we will not make a Tahiti reference. Sorry. Kolohe Andino. Photo: Corey Wilson

No, we will not make a Tahiti reference. Sorry. Kolohe Andino. Photo: Corey Wilson

Reminder: This is nowhere near the Golden Gate Bridge. Photo: Taras

Reminder: This is nowhere near the Golden Gate Bridge. Photo: Taras

The one that slithered away. Photo: Corey Wilson

The one that slithered away. Photo: Corey Wilson

The right left. Photo: Taras

Here's the right left. Photo: Taras

Dylan “Garret McNamara” Graves. Photo: Taras

Dylan “Garret McNamara” Graves. Photo: Taras

Unknown “Carlos Burle” surfer. Photo: Corey Wilson

Oliver “Carlos Burle” Kurtz. Photo: Corey Wilson

Garth Tarlow, an optimistic whim. Photo: Taras

Taj Tucker, an optimistic whim. Photo: Taras

Garth Tarlow with a little more realism and a lot better odds. Photo: Taras

Taj Tucker with a little more realism and a lot better odds. Photo: Taras

So good it hurts. Seriously, it would suck to get caught inside. Photo: Taras

So good it hurts. Seriously, it would suck to get caught inside. Photo: Taras

Koa Smith waits for fate to unfold. Photo: Taras

Koa Smith waits for fate to unfold. Photo: Taras

Hi Koa! Photo: Taras

Hi Koa! Photo: Taras

Kolohe Andino grabs the bull by the rail. Photo: Taras

Kolohe Andino grabs the bull by the rail. Photo: Taras

Rob Machado drifted up from San Diego. It was a south swell current kind of thing. Photo: Corey Wilson

Rob Machado drifted up from San Diego. It was a south swell current kind of thing. Photo: Corey Wilson

Mason Ho approves. Photo: Taras

Mason Ho approves. Photo: Taras

When a wave heaves, Mason hoes. Photo: Taras

When a wave heaves, Mason hoes. Photo: Taras

Peak geeks. Photo: Taras

Peak geeks. Photo: Taras

Nathan Zoller and a lip thicker than a Texas Mudslide. Photo: Taras

Nathan Zoller and a lip thicker than a Texas Mudslide. Photo: Taras

Oliver Kurtz, where the sun always shines. Photo: Corey Wilson

Oliver Kurtz, where the sun always shines. Photo: Corey Wilson

Balboa pier, near and dear. Photo: Taras

Balboa pier, near and dear. Photo: Taras

Yahoo? Photo: Corey Wilson

Yahoo? Photo: Corey Wilson

Ross Williams’ tube monster took the redeye in from Tahiti last night. Here, Spencer Pirdy deals with it. Photo: Corey Wilson

Ross Williams’ tube monster took the redeye in from Tahiti last night. Here, Spencer Pirdy deals with it. Photo: Corey Wilson

Spencer Pirdy, business casual. Photo: Corey Wilson

Spencer Pirdy, business casual. Photo: Corey Wilson

Guy with GoPro, straight formal. Photo: Taras

Guy with GoPro, straight formal. Photo: Taras

The rising tide. Photo: Taras

The rising tide. Photo: Taras

An unknown surfer sings the Newport Beach blues. Photo: Taras

An unknown surfer sings the Newport Beach blues. Photo: Taras

Timmy Reyes might re-qualify for tour. Second time may or may not be a charm, this wave definitely is. Photo: Corey Wilson

Timmy Reyes might re-qualify for tour. Second time may or may not be a charm, this wave definitely is. Photo: Corey Wilson

Dr. Dre MD once told us in a song that we better recognize. Sorry, D.R.E., but we simply can’t recognize this guy. Maybe a kind soul will tell us in the comments below? Photo: Corey Wilson

Dr. Dre MD once told us in a song that we better recognize. Sorry, D.R.E., but we simply can’t recognize this guy. Maybe a kind soul will tell us in the comments below? Photo: Corey Wilson

Photos: Gifts Of Hurricane Marie

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A pretty name, an ever prettier presence. That’s our babe Hurricane Marie. She’s been churning up the waters off of Mexico and hurling swell at the California coast — you don’t get the reputation for being the strongest Pacific hurricane since 2010 for nothing. She’s got sunshine in her eye and strength in her nature; we saw a bit of both in Newport Beach today. SURFING Photo Editor Peter Taras and Senior Photographer Corey Wilson spent the day seizing the moment in Newport and here’s the fruit of their lenses labor. Expect more coverage from Marie in the coming days.

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