it tumbled into surf

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park sang joon

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Korean
The narrator recalls his adolescence.
He came to his old nurse Peggotty's hometown Yarmouth to meet Peggotty's nephew Ham.
He is having a tempest.

Chapter 55 TEMPEST
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The tremendous sea itself, when I could find sufficient pause to look at it, in the agitation of the blinding wind, the flying stones and sand, and the awful noise, confounded me. As the high watery walls came rolling in, and, at their highest, tumbled into surf, they looked as if the least would engulf the town.
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I'd like to know if "it tumbled into surf" means "it tumbled and made new surf" or "it tumbled into the existed surf."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
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