Ocean Beach Pier was closed for most of the day Tuesday due to high surf, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue officials.
Video showed huge waves crashing on the nearly 50-year-old pier. Lifeguards were on alert because of a high surf advisory in effect through late in the day.
Surfers and swimmers have been warned of 8- to 10-foot waves and strong rip currents along the coastline.
By 3 p.m., officials had reopened the pier after minor repairs to the railing.
On Monday, lifeguards used the San Diego Fire-Rescue helicopter to rescue a surfer who was stranded two miles from where he went into the water.
The man was a little shaken up, cold and suffered a few scratches according to Lt. John Sandleyer.
“He seemed like he had good experience and that always pays off when confronted by a situation like that,” Sandleyer said.
NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said the high surf was expected until the evening for beaches south of La Jolla.
The reason for the high surf is because of a Pacific storm system, while the high tide is tied to a new moon.
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