Swell of 1983

A period of moderate-to-huge winter surf along the American West Coast and Hawaii, lasting roughly from mid-January to mid-March, generated by a chain of El Niño–fortified storms in the North Pacific. "Landmarks fell into the ocean, seawalls came down, porches fell into the surf, trees drifted through the lineup, " North Shore surf photographer and writer Bernie Baker reported. "Beaches completely...

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