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Big Waves Pound California Shore

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Big waves pounded the California coast Monday as authorities searched for a young man swept into the ocean the previous evening.
Feb. 25: Fred Virella surfs down the face of a 14 foot wave near Point Dume in Malibu, Calif.

From Santa Barbara south to Orange County, several other people were swept into the surf but were rescued.

The waves, which could reach heights of 28 feet in some locations, were forecast to persist through Tuesday morning.

Surf causes erosion, damages S.D. pier

Waves with faces exceeding 10 feet hammered the San Diego County coastline Sunday night and Monday morning, causing extensive sand erosion but little damage to property. The most UNUSUAL aspect of the swell was how quickly the waves increased in height. Instead of building slowly throughout Sunday, the swell went from generating 4-foot waves at 1 p.m. to producing 12-foot ones by 4:30 p.m. “It started to hit about 2 p.m. and came up much sooner than we anticipated.” San Diego's beach maintenance crews scrambled with earth-moving equipment during low tide to rebuild sand berms that help protect oceanfront parks, lifeguard stations and parking lots. At Ocean Beach pier, heavy surf damaged about 50 feet of wooden railing, pushed around cement benches and destroyed fish-cleaning stations. In some locations along California's coast, the waves reached heights of 28 feet. Lifeguards up and down the state reported rescuing dozens of surfers. They also came to the aid of fishermen and other beachgoers. By Thursday, a new swell could produce sets of 8-foot waves. Image Above: Adam Whitney watches the waves after surfing at La Jolla Cove on Monday.

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