A huge swell generated by Hurricane Marie is sending dozens of surfers and bodyboarders to the SoCal beaches today.

Photos: Top and bottom by Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times; middle by Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The world’s top canine surfers

Every year, Orange County’s Huntington Beach plays host to the Surf City Surf Dog competition, giving particularly talented pups a chance to prove just how much better they are than most people at surfing.

See all of the seabourne pooches over at Framework.

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Surfers Through a 19th-Century Lens

Joni Sternbach takes contemporary portraits of surfers using 19th-century photographic processes in her ongoing series, “SurfLand.”   

The photos are one-of-a-kind tintypes made with a large-format camera using a wet-plate collodion process, one made popular in the Untied States in Civil War–era photography. While the process can inspire nostalgia, Sternbach said she is more interested in bringing the process into the present day than mimicking the aesthetic of the past.

"I wasn’t interested in recreating something that had already occurred in the history of photography. I was more interested in creating a new topic of conversation about how can we use the materials and information from the history of photography to make new and wonderful images that we haven’t seen before," Sternbach said.

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Charges, punishments handed to Huntington Beach rioters

The conclusion of the eight-day U.S. Open of Surfing sparked madness in downtown Huntington Sunday, with attendees and beachgoers throwing various items through the streets, breaking windows, attacking cars and prompting a police response before things calmed down.

Now, several arrested following the mayhem have been charged with everything from vandalism, disorderly conduct and inciting a riot.

The much-publicized photos of the riots led to a social media manhunt for the man seen above driving a stop sign through a store window. But, like in the case of the Boston Bombing, the group consensus has proven to be wrong.

Huntington Beach police said detectives had spoken to Illario Niko Johnson, 18, and although charges “are expected” against the West Covina resident in connection with the disturbance, his alleged actions were “not related to the window smash.”

"He is not the suspect in the photograph," police said in a statement.

Read more over at L.A. Now.

Photos: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times, Christina House / For The Times

Riding a wave directly into the past

It wasn’t all that long ago when spotting a surfer darting through the waves was a rare occasion, with Southern California playing host to just a few hundred surfers in the 1950s.

From Matt Warshaw, author of “The Encyclopedia of Surfing:”

"Surfing has an origin story that everyone loves. It’s the story of kids on the beach inventing this whole thing that today is a zillion-dollar industry. That’s why those pictures are so important. They’re the illustrated version of that creation story.”

It’s that photographic documentation that San Clemente’s Surfing Heritage and Culture Center is working so hard to preserve, for the cultural importance of the once-obscure activity and for the children looking to see if there’s a photo sitting in the archives of their parents surfing back in the day.

Read more on the efforts to preserve surfing’s history here.

Photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times, Tom Keck

Hundreds of surfers pay their respects during a memorial paddle-out for Sean Collins, 59, of Seal Beach, on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. Collins was a pioneering wave forecaster for surfline.com who died Dec. 26 of a heart attack.
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Photo credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of surfers pay their respects during a memorial paddle-out for Sean Collins, 59, of Seal Beach, on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. Collins was a pioneering wave forecaster for surfline.com who died Dec. 26 of a heart attack.

View more photos on Framework.

Photo credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

High surf pounds Southern California beaches
Great photos over on Framework.
Photo: Carlsbad State Beach. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

High surf pounds Southern California beaches

Great photos over on Framework.

Photo: Carlsbad State Beach. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

A surfer’s defining moment in a wall of water: Nathan Fletcher was towed into a monster wave at Tahiti’s thrilling and dangerous Teahupoo as a member of a surfing royal family. He emerged as a legend in his own right.

Sit, stay, surf: Sea dogs hang 10 in Huntington Beach (more photos at the link!).

Photo credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Surf’s up, SoCal: A surfer thinks twice about catching a huge wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach.
Lots of cool pictures on today’s high surf conditions on Framework.
Photo credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Surf’s up, SoCal: A surfer thinks twice about catching a huge wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach.

Lots of cool pictures on today’s high surf conditions on Framework.

Photo credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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Malibu waves are twice their normal size today, with swell still building.
Photo: Big waves form at Point Dume in Malibu. Credit: Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times

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When the phrase "The National Weather Service has issued a warning over the next few days at Southern California beaches" just gets surfers excited.

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Malibu waves are twice their normal size today, with swell still building.

Photo: Big waves form at Point Dume in Malibu. Credit: Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times

blacksheepsquadron replied to your photo:

going tomorrow morning guh guh guh guh zuma guh guh guh guh westward guh guh ugh ugh uhgughg

When the phrase "The National Weather Service has issued a warning over the next few days at Southern California beaches" just gets surfers excited.

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Malibu waves are twice their normal size today, with swell still building.
Photo: Big waves form at Point Dume in Malibu. Credit: Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times

Malibu waves are twice their normal size today, with swell still building.

Photo: Big waves form at Point Dume in Malibu. Credit: Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times

Kelly Slater rides through a tube during the All-Stars exhibition at the U.S. Open on Saturday in Huntington Beach. Check out more photos on Framework.
Photo credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kelly Slater rides through a tube during the All-Stars exhibition at the U.S. Open on Saturday in Huntington Beach. Check out more photos on Framework.

Photo credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

The newest photography tutorial on Framework shows you how to improve your surf photos. Above, a surfer rides a wind-sculpted wave as Santa Ana winds blow the spray off the top at the Huntington Beach pier in 2005.
Photo credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The newest photography tutorial on Framework shows you how to improve your surf photos. Above, a surfer rides a wind-sculpted wave as Santa Ana winds blow the spray off the top at the Huntington Beach pier in 2005.

Photo credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Surfing builds confidence for teens in low-income housing: The lessons are part of an Orange County program that also involves college awareness, tutoring and family mentoring. “We know housing alone will not break the cycle of poverty,” an official says.
Photo:  From left, Lucero Aviles, Katherine Cubias, Jennifer Amador and Adelina Aviles head to the water at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Surfing builds confidence for teens in low-income housing: The lessons are part of an Orange County program that also involves college awareness, tutoring and family mentoring. “We know housing alone will not break the cycle of poverty,” an official says.

Photo: From left, Lucero Aviles, Katherine Cubias, Jennifer Amador and Adelina Aviles head to the water at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times