Hurricane Marie. If you surf in Southern California, hell if you surf anywhere, that name holds great significance. It was the first time the El Niño weather pattern had returned in over 10 years to the west coast. More importantly, it meant huge hurricane swells would hammer the coastline. They called it "Big Wednesday" and compared the powerful waves that day to the legendary Pipeline of the Hawaiian Islands. The largest of the swells peaking at a reported 20ft+, with at a world-famous break: The Wedge.