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After surfer dies in Newport Beach, a warning about high surf

This might not be the best day to hit the beach.

The National Weather Service issued a high-surf advisory for California beaches, which could see up to 8-foot waves and serious rip currents today.

"Dangerous swimming conditions are expected," the service said in a statement.

On Saturday, Newport Beach lifeguards found a surfer dead. They pulled 38-year-old Gregory Gladstone's body from the water near 14th Street and West Oceanfront in Newport Beach after surfers discovered his surfboard floating in the water.

Today will be partly cloudy with highs expected in the 60s. Monday will bring a 20% chance of rain, and Tuesday will bring a 70% chance.

-- Shelby Grad

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Surfing in winter is not a day at the beach and experienced surfers know the risks. Cold water, powerful waves and strong currents are among a few of the hazards of winter surfing. However comparatively speaking, compared to most other sports, surfing is a relatively safe activity as long as you know the dangers and prepare for them.

Yet accidents do happen. Look at Mark Foo in 1994. Mark was an experienced big wave surfer that died after a fairly routine wipeout. He had taken worse falls in his career but in a split second, he was gone.

Inexperienced surfers should use common sense if they decide to surf this time of year and stay within their comfort zone. It's wise to surf when the swell dropping, not rising. Also, keeping abreast of the weather and surf conditions is key to understanding swell patterns and thanks to the internet-this is easy to do.

It's sad that Mr Gladstone has passed but I hope that he peace in doing what he loved.

Robbie Nelson, Founder
Happy Barrels Surf Instruction
Encinitas, CA


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