Photos: Gifts Of Hurricane Marie

posted by / Photos / August 27, 2014

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

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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  • susan

    I enjoyed that!

  • Barry Bones

    Insane photos! Thank you

  • Miguel

    where is this in Newport?

  • Bob Gardner

    Don’t worry about it.

  • AnsurPhotography HenryPerez

    Absolutely amazing!!! I am so bummed that i am unable to make such an amazing natural event. But i have to work and hooe this happens on a weekend hopefully hahaha. But thank you for showing me what I missed and the photos I could have caught. Great job!!!

  • Miki Dora

    That was me in that last photo. I switch stance… and I rip. The rest of you flounder in my wake.

  • Kreaser

    Sheet was pumping this morning, these photos due it so much justice. To have the pros out there…solidifies it, E P I C NEWPORT!

  • NewportLocal

    The guy in the last shot is a Newport Local

  • SDsurfer

    Shots 15 & 16 is Taj Tucker from Oceanside, CA not Macnamara.

  • SDsurfer

    Sorry mean not Garth Tarlow…that board he’s riding is an 8″9 shaped by Michael Baron with Byrne Surfboards. I was also out on a 8″0 blue & orange Byrne gun myself all morning

  • Miguel

    Never mind, Bobby. I figured out in the Koa photo with the life guard stand in the background. I’ve already tweeted, Facebook and Google + the location to all of my friends. Look for us, we’ll be riding the newest wave storms from AL Merrick! See ya out there! SHAKA SHAKA!

  • http://www.shastindiaz.wix.com/sdphotography Shastin Diaz

    Great pictures!

  • JJFresh

    Peter and Corey you gave us Marie’s perfection…..job we’ll done

  • NewportLocal

    You and your friends are going to have to wait ten years for it to break that good again.

  • local

    Newport is pretty obvious the wedge to 56. Just walk the beach.

  • Kyle Killam

    Slide 33 is Shane Steelman!!!

  • brant bjork

    wheres my pizza

  • Uncle Reemus

    pic 33 is shano steelman

  • Michael Lee Elmendorf

    The best waves of my life were caught here. It was about this size. I was in my early 20s. I did not have a car at the time. My sister drove me from Long Beach. I had to hitchhike home. That morning I put in an application for a supermarket job. After, I heard on the radio of the surf, I asked my sister (I probably begged) to drive me in her convertible MGB to Newport. I was fearless that day. Some of these pics remind me of that day. I caught a few stand-up dry barrels. Nobody would believe me, if I wrote or said of what happened when I got on the beach after my session. Ive never seen it happen, before, in a surf movie, or since. This Big Wednesday rather then an very early morning surf to Newport “point” sleepless I drove to see my father in a hospital. I am not sure how much time he has left on earth. It may be days or hours. Doctors don’t know. Yesterday, Thursday, the next day I showed him a pic that was on the front page of the Long Beach Press Telegram of this swell. Without a word, unable to speak, and struggling to turn his head to look, he made an effort to see the wave and surfers posted in the paper. Before I was able to drive, my dad took my friends and I on many a surf trip. He has always been a part of my surfing. I can’t imagine my dad being just a memory. I hope he makes a fool out of me for all this crying i have been doing and him pulling-through. I wish I would have made it out this day rather than staying up all night, out of worry and anxiety, and visiting my dad at 6am August 27, 2014. I hope I can make it out again fearless and surfing flawless, with my dad watching on the beach.

  • Michael Lee Elmendorf

    The best waves of my life were caught here. It was about this size. I was in my early 20s. I did not have a car at the time. My sister drove me from Long Beach. I had to hitchhike home. That morning I put in an application for a supermarket job {ha I didn’t get the job]. After, I heard on the radio of the surf, I asked my sister (I probably begged) to drive me in her convertible MGB to Newport. I was fearless that day. Some of these pics remind me of that day. I caught a few stand-up dry barrels. Nobody would believe me, if I wrote or said, of what happened when I got on the beach after my session [Ive never seen it happen, before, in a surf movie, or since]. This Big Wednesday; rather then a very early morning surf to Newport “point”, sleepless I drove to see my father in a hospital. I am not sure how much time he has left on earth. It may be days or hours. Doctors don’t know. Yesterday, Thursday, the next day I showed him a pic of what was on the front page of the Long Beach Press Telegram, of this swell. Without a word, unable to speak, struggling to turn his head to look, he made an effort to see the wave and two surfers posted in the paper. Before I was old enough to drive, my dad took my friends and I on many a surf trip. He has always been a big part of my surfing. I can’t imagine my dad being just a memory. I hope he makes a fool out of me for all this crying i have been doing and him pulling-through. I wish I would have made it out this day rather than staying up all night, out of worry and anxiety, and visiting my dad at 6am August 27, 2014. I hope I can make it out again fearless, surfing flawless, with my dad watching on the beach.

  • Michael Lee Elmendorf

    The best waves of my life were caught here. It was about this size. I was in my early 20s. I did not have a car at the time. My sister drove me from Long Beach. I had to hitchhike home. That morning I put in an application for a supermarket job [ha I didn't get the job]. After, I heard on the radio of the surf, I asked my sister (I probably begged) to drive me in her convertible MGB to Newport. I was fearless that day. Some of these pics remind me of that day. I caught a few stand-up dry barrels. Nobody would believe me, if I wrote or said, of what happened when I got on the beach after my session [Ive never seen it happen before, in a surf movie, or since]. This Big Wednesday; rather then a very early morning surf to Newport “point”, sleepless I drove to see my father in a hospital. I am not sure how much time he has left on earth. It may be days or hours. Doctors don’t know. Yesterday, Thursday, the next day I showed him a pic of what was on the front page of the Long Beach Press Telegram, of this swell. Without a word, unable to speak, struggling to turn his head slightly to look, he made an effort to see the wave and two surfers posted in the paper. Before I was old enough to drive, my dad took my friends and I on many a surf trip. He has always been a big part of my surfing. I can’t imagine my dad being just a memory. I hope he makes a fool out of me for all this crying I have been doing and him pulling-through. I wish I would have made it out this day rather than staying up all night, out of worry and anxiety, and visiting my dad at 6am August 27, 2014. I hope I can make it out again fearless, surfing flawless, with my dad watching on the beach.

  • I Blame Laird

    People who surf and in general on the Hawaiian islands for the most part are fucking assholes. Is there any reason for Laird Hamilton, who is not pro tour surf caliber, indeed a celebrity and world travel icon, to partake in the 25- year- swell. If anyone should be picked- on by a bunch of bastards, seeing the Indian bastards will soon have their 2-cents, it should be Laird. They’ll say, “He should have stayed ashore.” There’s too many surfers already.

  • I’d rather post as guest

    Best cali pics I’ve seen in combing surfing mag for 35 years!

  • Wide Angle

    I know what you mean, sorry I missed out on this.

  • Wide Angle

    theraputic surfing

  • 3…2…1

    any website that gives surf forecasts defeats the purpose of surfing…it is only about making money for them..lineups are already crowded, why support them? they have really tricked everyone i guess…why not figure shit out for yourself..cant wait for armageddon..however i do love seeing pictures of “pros” shredding your home surf break or out of the way surf break that you frequent…they need the exposure right…voyeur society rules

  • http://www.pfessorguus.com P’fessor Guus

    Truly Amazing !! Thank you !!!! :) ~

  • Nancy Celeste Walker

    Awesome photos, thanks guys!