Thursday, August 28 2014, 07:18 AM EDT
Tropical Storm Marie is Causing Huge Waves for Surfers
Two deadly storm systems one on each coast are kicking up surf
and creating dangerous conditions this morning.
ABC's Tahman Bradley has the latest on the end of summer fierce weather.
Dangerous rip currents and high surf on both coasts.
Treacherous water and sand.
Overnight, Marie -- spinning in the Pacific -- was downgraded to a tropical
But large waves, 20 feet in some areas, continue pounding the
For daredevil surfers, body-boarders and spectators, this is heaven.
"I try to go and surk all the best waves everywhere and this was the best I've ever had," Jackson Patrick, Calabasas, CA Surfer said.
"This is amazing. This is huge. This is like nature's shor for us," said a Newport Beach, CA Beachgoer.
It may be a great show, but it's dangerous. With the towering waves expected through Friday, lifeguards remain on high alert.
"The people that go in there are definitely risking life and limb," Boyd Mickley, Newport Beach, CA Lifeguard Captain said. "And our guards are very careful about who we let go in the water,"
On Tuesday, a Malibu surfer died after he was dragged from the swell.
Wednesday another was rescued by surf legend Laird Hamilton.
"Laird got his fins, swan out to him and they brought him back in," a Surfer Eyewitness said.
On the East Coast, Hurricane Christobal is whipping up turbulent and deadly
A 17 year old swimmer was killed off Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
And in Ocean City, Maryland, an 18 year old caught in a rip current drowned.
"They saw him duck under, and after that they didn't see him no more," Inez Core, Eyewitness said.
Christobal is expected to stay off shore. But it still poses a huge
threat. Waves up to six feet are possible.
Tahman Bradley, ABC News, Washington.