High waves at SoCal beaches attract surfers and tear up tide warnings

Some of the highest waves of the summer brought surfers to Southern California beaches this week, with swells reaching 12 feet in some spots.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for beaches from San Diego to Ventura Counties through Thursday morning, particularly for south and southwest facing shorelines. Forecasters warned of high waves and dangerous tides.

Beaches in San Diego and Orange County are expected to see the highest swells – 4 to 8 feet – while beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura County are expected to experience waves of 4 to 7 feet, according to forecasts. of the meteorological service.

“That’s the highest we’ve seen this summer,” said meteorologist Samantha Connolly of the San Diego Weather Service office, which also covers Orange County.

Waves at Huntington Beach peaked at 9ft on Monday, Connolly said, and stayed in the 7-8ft range on Tuesday. The swell is expected until Thursday.

“It was from a storm in the South Pacific bringing that higher swell to southern California,” Connolly said. “It’s the same swell that affects Hawaii. It’s just a little less strong here.

The aftermath of Hurricane Darby brought intense swells to Hawaii earlier this week, with massive waves crashing into homes and resorts, news reports showed.

Southern California surfers flocked to the beaches for the high waves, especially Newport Beach’s Wedge, known for its intense swells. Videos from the popular surfing site showed many trying to ride the huge waves, which reached 12ft on Tuesday, lifeguards said.

Newport Beach Lifeguard Battalion Chief Adam Yacenda said Wednesday morning the waves had calmed down slightly, with waves hovering around 5ft. But he said another swell was coming and it would also bring monster waves late Wednesday and Thursday.

National Weather Service officials warned inexperienced swimmers to say out of the ocean and recommended swimmers swim close to lifeguards. The high surf advisory is set to expire at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Yacenda said it was important to be careful with water.

“Talk to a lifeguard about the safest place to enter the water,” he said. “Conditions are still dangerous on our south-facing beaches in Newport.”

Los Angeles Times

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