Series of powerful waves rush over seawall, drenching surf contest spectators

by on February 28, 2010 · 9 comments

in Culture, Environment, Ocean Beach

Local OB Rag staffer Nate Hipple captured these shots this morning…

Ocean Beach, Sunday 8:00 am.

Moments after this photo was taken, this bicyclist was knocked to the pavement by rushing water and dragged several meters along Newport Ave.   After the water receded, he brushed himself off and made jokes about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Moments after this photo was taken, this bicyclist was knocked to the pavement by rushing water and dragged several meters along Newport Ave. After the water receded, he brushed himself off and made jokes about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Tables and other debris from the surf contest slid into OB streets.

Tables and other debris from the surf contest slid into OB streets.

Local OBecian, Bob Nelson, helped the water drain by clearing storm drains and sweeping gutters clogged with seaweed.

Local OBcian, Bob Nelson, helped the water drain by clearing storm drains and sweeping gutters clogged with seaweed.

For more on the Surf Contest check out Surfing News

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avatar justmy2cents February 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

Nice !!!

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avatar Nate February 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

Somebody got footage of this guy – literally – floating down Newport with his bike! It was crazy! After we realized he was OK, everyone had a good laugh.

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avatar bodysurferbob February 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm

hey nate, was anybody on that wave?

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avatar PSD February 28, 2010 at 11:13 am

Cool shots, Nate!

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avatar Frank Gormlie February 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Unlike the unlucky bicyclist, Nate once again is in the right spot at the right time. Nice job!

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avatar lane tobias February 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm

sick pics dude!

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avatar annagrace February 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm

So much for all those Tsunami warning signs….

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avatar OBcelt February 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm

great images!!! wow the rainwash in the water…

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avatar PSD March 1, 2010 at 8:19 am

I just heard on the news the storms knocked 100′ of railing off the pier and they’ve got it shut down again indefinitely…

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