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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Huge Waves Crash Onto California Coast

Amazing.. we had lots of surf and waves in Daytona Beach on our vacation last week.. not as big as these but very unusual.  Made me wonder if there was a storm out there.  deexxoo
Huge Waves Crash Onto California Coast
Dec 21, 11:08 PM (ET)

(AP) Spectators line the bluff at La Jolla Cove to get a good look at the large surf in San Diego,...
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Huge waves pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, forcing the rescue of struggling surfers, closing piers and causing minor flooding.
The National Weather Service warned of breakers 15 feet to 20 feet or higher in coastal areas northwest of Los Angeles, and waves exceeding 15 feet along San Diego County.
The swells were generated by storms in the Pacific, but the first day of winter in Southern California was summerlike and crowds gathered on beaches to watch the churning surf.
The piers at Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach were closed, said Los Angeles County lifeguard Capt. Terry Harvey. In San Diego County, piers at Ocean Beach and Imperial Beach also were closed.
"We're trying to warn surfers that we have high surf and strong rip currents and they should use extreme caution," said Venice Beach lifeguard Capt. Mike Cunningham.
At Seal Beach, a surfer trying to ride big waves broke a leg when he was thrown into the sand, said lifeguard Capt. Ross Pounds.
Huge surf also pounded San Diego's beaches. In Encinitas, a north San Diego suburb, thousands of spectators - mothers with strollers, bicyclists in helmets, and businessmen in suits and ties - stopped for a glimpse. In San Diego, extra lifeguards were posted.
"This is the kind of day we all wait for," John Roseman, who rode waves in La Jolla, told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
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