Statement as of 9:11 PM PDT on August 21, 2014
Beach Hazard Statement
... Beach hazards statement remains in effect through Sunday
* hazards... high rip current risk and elevated surf.
* Timing... building surf across south facing beaches... peaking
Friday afternoon through Sunday morning.
* Surf... 3 to 5 feet with local breakers to 7 feet on south
facing beaches through Friday morning... then increasing to 5
to 7 feet with local breakers up to 9 feet Friday afternoon
through Sunday morning.
* Location... south facing beaches will be most affected
including Zuma... Malibu... and Cabrillo beaches in Los Angeles
County... as well as Point Mugu and Port Hueneme in Ventura
County. There will also be long shore currents that could
affect west facing beaches.
* Impacts... strong rip currents and long shore currents will
create dangerous swimming conditions... especially for
inexperienced swimmers. Sneaker waves can bring unexpectedly
large waves across rocks and jetties near the Waters Edge.
A beach hazards statement is issued when threats to beach and
surf zone safety are expected or occurring. Caution should be
used when in or near the water. Stay near occupied lifeguard
towers and never swim alone. If caught in a rip current... swim
parallel to the shore.