`Hey, Dude, No More Toxic Beach Party'

North Jetty at the mouth of northern California's Humboldt Bay is the sort of place surfers love to tell stories about. Its cold, cold waters and location far off the beaten beach lend it an aura of mystery. And those who have surfed it can boast they've ridden one of the few spots on the mainland where monster waves--more than 25 feet from trough to lip--sometimes break.

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