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The surf action at Venice Pier should be on point tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high surf advisory for Los Angeles County coast and Catalina Island. The warning remains in effect until 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, February 4th.

Expect surf between 5 to 8 ft. The NWS warns the big waves, coupled with strong rip currents, will increase the risk of drowning for swimmers and surfers.

Beware of larger sneaker waves, which can pop up without warning and wash people off rocks, and rock jetties, cause injury along the shore-line, and even cause small boats nearshore to capsize. Be prepared for the biggest waves to hit west facing beaches.

Remember, swim near a lifeguard and if you get caught in a rip current
remain calm. Don’t fight the current, swim in a direction
following the shoreline and when out of the current swim back to
shore. If you are stuck for a while and become tired, float or tread water until you can get out of the rip current and if you find yourself unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.

 

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