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Wind, Waves, and High Surf Warnings for Venice Beach


It is a blustery morning in Venice and a high surf advisory is in effect until 6:00 am tomorrow morning. While this may be music to local surfer’s ears,  the high surf and rip currents will make swimming and rock jetties dangerous.

Remember, if you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are free of the current, and always swim near a lifeguard.

We are guessing Venice Beach surfer Beck Adler will be happy about the waves…

Big Waves Rolling On In – VIDEO


As rescue teams  will risk rough seas today as they continue to search for a man believed to have fallen in the water off the Santa Monica Pier early yesterday morning.

The National Weather Service warns high surf will strike the Southland’s coastline today, threatening swimmers, and surfers. Surf between 5 and 9 feet is expected as a result of an increasing
northwest swell, according to the NWS statement.

“There is an increased risk for ocean drowning,” says the NWS, “rip
currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Sneaker waves can suddenly wash people off of Beaches and rock jetties.”

Anyone caught in a rip current should not panic and remember to swim parallel to shore until you are able to break free.

The High surf advisory will be in force until 5 p.m. in Los Angeles
County, including Santa Catalina island.

A small craft advisory will be in effect until 11 a.m. Wednesday in some areas off the coast because of rough seas.

What Happened to El Niño?


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on February 11 saying they predict El Niño on the way out. NOAA said, while still above average, sea temperatures are beginning to drop and by Fall we could even experience a La Niña weather pattern.

However, El Niño is still to blame for the baking heatwave we have blasting across Los Angeles. The reason being, because such a large body of the Pacific Ocean has heated up due to El Niño, storms have been pushed farther north than Scientists expected. The result, LA has been battered by only a few of the El Niño storms, and now a giant high pressure ridge is driving record temperatures in Southern California.

It is not just the temperature, tempers have also been running high at Venice beach with surfers fighting for a ride. One Yo! Venice source even witnessing blows being taken out on the crowded waves. A recent combination of warm, sunny days, and high surf meant there simply wasn’t enough room for everyone to catch a break.

As SoCal continues to experience record high temperatures for this time of year, don’t expect tempers to cool anytime soon out in the surf.

As surfers crammed on waves, Steve Christensen, one of Yo! Venice’s favorite local photographers caught some of the mayhem on camera.

See more at: Steve Christensen Photo

Follow Christensen on Instagram: @venicefromaniphone


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The Heatwave brings some heat out onto the waves at Venice Beach

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Woohoo! High Surf Advisory

Photo Courtesy: Steve Christensen Photo


Surf’s up!

A high surf advisory is in effect until Saturday morning. A long period west-northwest swell which originated across the central Pacific Ocean is expected to bring high surf to portions of southwestern California.

A beach hazards statement remains in effect through Friday evening. Dangerous rip currents and waves are expected due to elevated surf. Waves 4 to 6-feet with local sets to 8-feet on west  facing beaches are expected.

Remember if caught in a rip current swim parallel to shore until you are free of the powerful current. Caution should be used when in or near the water. Always swim near a lifeguard and and never swim alone.

High Surf is Back Tonight

Photo courtesy of: Steve Christensen Photo


High surf will pound the Los Angeles and Orange
county coastlines for around 30 hours starting tonight, creating perilous conditions for swimmers, National Weather Service forecasters said.

The high surf resulting from a long-period swell will begin striking the Central Coast this afternoon, according to the NWS. By late this evening, surf of between 5 and 7 feet is expected in the Southland, rising to between 7 and 10 feet by Tuesday morning, then persisting through late Tuesday night, forecasters said.

A high surf advisory will be in effect in Los Angeles County from 10
tonight until 3 o’clock Wednesday morning and a less serious beach hazards statement will be in force in Orange County, where forecasters expect surf of 7 to 10 feet with sets of up to 12 feet, from late tonight through Tuesday evening.

“High surf may cause minor beach erosion on exposed west-facing
shores,” an NWS statement said. “The large waves and strong currents will create a risk of ocean drowning. Sneaker waves can suddenly overrun previously dry beaches and jetties. Minor flooding of low-lying beach parking lots, harbor walkways, and campgrounds will be possible.” The NWS urged beachgoers to always swim near lifeguards and, if caught in a rip current, to swim parallel to shore until free of it

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A surfer makes the most of big waves last week in Venice. Courtesy of Steve Christensen

In Los Angeles County, the biggest surf is expected on west-facing
beaches, from Palos Verdes to Santa Monica, including Venice beach, and from Point Dume to Zuma Beach, the statement said. The risk of coastal flooding will be highest at high tide, which is forecast to be around six feet at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

In Orange County, the highest surf will be north of Newport Beach,
according to the NWS, which said Seal Beach and Sunset Beach could experience minor coastal flooding. NWS forecasters said the high surf could persist though Wednesday or Thursday because of an expected additional westerly swell.