There is something really compelling about the futility of these lifeguards trying to fight their way through the waves to recover the body of a surfer. They can barely stand up.
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Lifeguards try in vain to reach a bodysurfer who was killed by huge waves that dashed him into the rocks of a jetty at The Wedge. A winter storm with 50-knot winds in the Southern Hemisphere off Tahiti generates high surf at southern California beaches on July 24, 2009 in Newport Beach, California. Surf forecasters predict that wave faces at The Wedge could reach 12 to 20 feet at high tide through the weekend.