The Pacific is also named correctly, for it is a very calm ocean... especially along the Southern California and Mexican coasts. It is not so far from the parking lots to the surf. Which is usually fairly calm. Of course places where the surf if up are located elsewhere along the CA Coast.
Both oceans can be violent during storms. I lived in an apartment, in Manhattan Beach, CA. with huge windows facing the beach. We were the top apt building on a hill and ours was the 3rd house up from the bike path, a cement path for walking and biking laid on the beach.
Our front door was above the roof of the house below us and so on with the house below them... the lowest one was level with the beach.
One day there was a very strong storm. I was looking out our beach facing windows, when suddenly the wind became a gale and I watched as the waves were picked up and thrown against the windows I was standing in front of.
The front of our apt was a half mile from the ocean, including the bike path and the elevation of the road and the two homes below us. The waves were Monstrous.
Talk about scary. The window bowed into the apt. I was so shocked I just stood there. Luckily the windows did NOT shatter. If they had I might not be here.
The location of our building was equal to three apt buildings stacked atop the other. Our front door was over a mile from the surf line.
I had lived along the beach for a long time. In both Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. Our apt was on the top of the hill and our road went down to the bike path.
I had never seen a storm like that before.
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