After a storm, high surf crests through Southern California

Newport Beach Surf
A surfer looks at the high surf at Newport Beach early Thursday morning.

NEWPORT BEACH – Surfers, photographers, drone enthusiasts and the public flocked out to southern California’s beaches again Thursday morning to catch a second day of unusually high surf, a remnant of a  a tropical storm sweeping through Baja California that has pelted the Los Angeles region with what the National Weather Service called “the most significant southerly swell event since July 25, 1996.”

The swell was not as high as it was on Wednesday, when waves hammered Newport Beach, Seal Beach and Malibu in the Orange County and Los Angeles region. But that did not deter surfers, who flocked to the region – including Newport Beach’s legendary Wedge spot – to surf the unusually high waves.

As early as early as 7 a.m., many photographers and surfers were seen at Newport Beach’s west side, far from the crowded Wedge.

The National Weather Service’s Orange County high surf advisory will remain in effect until Friday afternoon, with the surf expected to subside through the weekend, according to its advisory.

This post will be updated.


By Tim Worden
Published Aug. 28, 2014 at 10 a.m.

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