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Surfers wait in water for tsunami in Santa Cruz

March 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Some surfers in Santa Cruz ignored warnings and rode high water from a tsunami caused by a huge Japanese earthquake.

It was a typical day for surfing before the water pulled out of Monterey Bay toward the Pacific Ocean when the tsunami hit.

Around 8:10 a.m., the water dropped by about 9 feet within seconds. Some surfers were able to walk on the wet sand with their boards while others ignored lifeguards' warnings and stayed in the water.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.