Waves knock N. Calif. surfing spectators to beach

Ion Banner loses control on a giant wave during the first heat of the Mavericks surfing contest Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

February 13, 2010 7:53:15 PM PST
Despite big wave warnings, two walls of water caught dozens of spectators off-guard and knocked them to a rocky beach as they watched a Northern California surfing contest Saturday, leaving some with broken bones but sparing them from being pulled into the ocean.