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Surf's up: Big waves could hit Southern California beaches

August 31, 2012 |  7:12 am

Southland surfers will get a special treat this Labor Day weekend as high surf is expected to bring in wave sets as high as 10 feet to some Southern California beaches.

A “significant southerly swell” is likely to produce big waves at Zuma Beach, Point Dume and and other parts of Malibu beaches that face south, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Thompson. Though waves could peak as high has 10 feet, he said more average waves would reach between 5 and 8 feet.

Thompson said a high surf advisory is in effect until Sunday and warned that bigger waves bring dangerous rip currents with them.

“These are difficult conditions to be in the water for Labor Day,” Thompson said. “It will be pretty busy for lifeguards. You really have to be careful.”

For those who would rather lounge on the sand, highs are expected to be in the 70s through the weekend.

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