South Swell Headed for San Diego Beaches

Surfers can rejoice as wave height can reach up to 9 ft.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Surfers can expect waves as high as 9 ft. throughout the next few days.

    Surf’s up San Diego—a high surf advisory is in effect for the next few days, bringing in big waves for boarders.

    The National Weather Service issued a statement warning people that San Diego County beaches will have a large swell coming in during the early evening on Wednesday, lasting through Friday night. NOAA is crediting the swell from a powerful storm that originated near New Zealand.

    Surf height is expected to reach as high as 7 to 9 ft., with Thursday having the most powerful waves. Strong rip currents are expected to last until Sunday.

    San Diego Lifeguards are gearing up for the swell with a busy Labor Day weekend. The combination of the holiday and promised waves mean lifeguards will be on high alert, said Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum.

    “We have a large surf action plan, and each station strategies,” he said.

    The additional summer staff on board is helpful, as seasonal staff works until Labor Day.

    “If it were hitting a month later we would be scrambling,” Lerum said. “We should be well prepared. The combination of sunny skies and big surf means it will be a busy weekend.”