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Flight from surf

Flight from surf

Sept. 15, 1963: Carl Stein, 18, of Sunset Beach and Durward McKay, 24, of Seal Beach run for cover as heavy surf pounds the shore behind a beachfront home in Surfside.

The next morning’s Los Angeles Times reported on the violent surf:

A heavy surf boosted by high tides battered homes in Surfside and Sunset Beach in Orange County Sunday night and was tentatively blamed for the death of a boater.

Orange County sheriff’s officers said at least three homes in Surfside were seriously endangered by the pounding surf and 13 others were threatened.

At Seal Beach, north of the beleaguered Surfside, Mayor John Williams reported some flooding of foundations of waterfront homes.

Several homes in nearby Sunset Beach were evacuated, the mayor said. …

The Times article reported that the high surf was blamed for the death of a boater in Oceanside and that four people were “stranded on Santa Cruz Island after their 17-ft. boat was washed onto rocks.”

This photo by staff photographer Harry Chase was published on page one of the Sept. 16, 1963, Los Angeles Times. This image won the sweepstakes prize in the 1964 California Press Photographer/Forest Lawn Memorial Park photo contest. Chase received a cash prize of $75.

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