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Big waves engulf spectators at California surf contest

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Huge waves have swamped spectators at a leading surfing contest in California, injuring 13 people, some seriously.

Two 6m (20ft) walls of water crashed into the breakwater at Mavericks Beach, destroying scaffolding and sweeping dozens of people onto the rocks below.

The most serious injuries involved broken bones, emergency personnel said.

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