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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - AUGUST 14: Despite a series of late winter storms, the mountains, trees and meadows surrounding this famous high-elevation lake resort continues to suffer from the effects of an extended drought on August 14, 2014, in South Lake Tahoe, California. With 2013 the driest year in recorded history, and lake levels continuing to drop, Governor Jerry "Edmund" Brown has declared a water "State of Emergency" for all of California. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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A huge storm hit Northern California on Thursday and stirred up the waters of Lake Tahoe enough that surfers were able to catch waves on the lake’s shores.

According to the National Weather Service, the “Pineapple Express” storm (so-called for its Hawaiian origins) caused waves to hit around 7 feet, and conditions were considered “dangerous” for water activities. But that didn’t stop thrill-seekers from putting on their wetsuits and hitting the chilly waters. Surfing is normally only possible on the lake during storms like this.


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