Surfers flock to Southern California beaches as Hurricane Marie churns up giant waves

Thrill-seeking surfers hit southern California’s beaches on Tuesday and Wednesday, riding the big waves churned up by Hurricane Marie.

However, the hurricane did prove more troublesome for beachfront homeowners who became inundated with saltwater, and the storm-roiled Pacific knocked out a piling at Malibu Pier.

But the attitude was much more cheerful at hotspots like The Wedge in Newport Beach, where crowds egged on bodysurfers brave enough to take on the big surf. Lifeguards on both sea and shore kept a watchful eye on the crowd.

The bold also flocked to Surfrider beach in Malibu, where a surfer died Tuesday after being pulled from the water. It was not clear whether the death was related to the surf or a medical condition…