Surfers rejoice, swimmers warned amid high surf advisory
SAN DIEGO – Surfers and swimmers are urged to exercise caution along coastal regions of San Diego County this week with a small high surf warning in place.
The advisory went into effect from 11 p.m. Monday and is expected to last until 8 a.m. Thursday. Forecasters say beachgoers can expect large, breaking waves of between 5 and 7 feet with sets at 8 feet following a storm that started in New Zealand, according to the National Weather Service.
They advise inexperienced swimmers to stay out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions.
Since severe weather hit New Zealand, massive waves have been recorded in Tahiti and even Hawaii in an event some are calling “historic”. It caused waves reaching 20 feet in parts of Hawaii over the weekend, with the local impact not expected to be close to that.
The swell is expected to peak Tuesday afternoon with waves up to 8 feet with the highest waves expected at Ocean Beach and Encinitas, forecasters said.
“It was pretty heavy,” surfer Michael Henry told FOX 5 on Tuesday morning. “I’m not used to such big surf but I had fun and some survival times.”
Henry said he was visiting the area from Denver, joking that the big waves were a nice change from snow surfing.
“He’s been really small lately,” said fellow surfer Alison Tanega. “A little bored as a surfer, but this morning and the last two days it’s just been nice super big, super clean waves. It was just a great time and it was very abnormal for the summer.
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