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(CNN) - Smashing!
That pretty much sums up the waves coming to Southern California this week. And depending on whom you ask - weather forecasters or surfers - that word means either life-threatening peril or enlivening fun.
Far offshore, Hurricane Marie is driving some of the tallest breakers in years to crest at Los Angeles-area beaches.
The National Weather Service has issued beach hazard and high surf warnings from more than 100 miles north of L.A. down to the border of Mexico. The swells should last until Friday.