High tides, waves draw spectators to coast

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SAN DIEGO -- High tides, strong swell and dangerous rip currents…a coastal flood advisory for low-lying beach communities issued through Thursday did little to keep people away.

Angie Huffman heard the waves were big, so she headed straight for Ocean Beach to snap a few pictures.

"My best friend said she got in the other night and she could just feel the pull and knew it wouldn’t be safe. I mean obviously they know what they’re doing," Huffman said.

Video from the Sky FOX helicopter shows waves rolling in and crashing into the San Diego coastline. Communities like Oceanside, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, La Jolla and Imperial Beach saw minor tidal flooding.

"Days like this are good but not something that everyone can handle. Not for beginners probably," said Erik Carlson who came out to enjoy the waves.

Surfers turned up in droves along the coast to hit the waves.

Alan Shalom was one of them. "It’s like head-high. It’s really not that big still."

Many heard that 5-foot waves were expected Tuesday with sets of 7-foot waves expected before the week’s end.

"You know what they say, better surf than sorry," Shalom said.

Low-lying beach communities like Ocean Beach could see some minor flooding in the coming days.

Regardless, curious onlookers hit the beach to enjoy the ocean view.

“It usually brings out more surfers if the waves are good, and especially on a day like this, it’s a pretty nice place to be," Carlson said.

Lifeguards were asking people to stay out of the water due to high swell and dangerous rip currents. The highest tides were expected between 9 and 11 a.m. each day.

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