San Diego’s coastline was under a high surf advisory Tuesday with waves expected to reach between 3 and 8 feet.
The day’s highest surf was expected to be along the beaches south of Carlsbad, according to the National Weather Service.
On Monday, San Diego beaches were under a high surf warning with large waves rolling in. Some measured around 10 feet.
Because of the MLK holiday, more beachgoers than usual were able to enjoy the sights of waves crashing into the shore.
In Pacific Beach, surfers took advantage of the large swells but warned others that conditions were rough.
San Diego resident Early Dillard said, "It's fun but it's not for beginners. I wouldn't advise any beginners to come out even in the white water. The currents will pull you out if you don't know where the rip currents are."
Because large waves can roll in unexpectedly, beachgoers should not stand on jetties or rocks along the surf, lifeguards said.
Powerful rip currents could create dangerous conditions for swimmers. Lifeguards are warning people to stay out of the water unless you are an experienced surfer or swimmer.