OB Pier closed amid high surf advisory

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SAN DIEGO – The Ocean Beach Pier was closed Tuesday during a high surf advisory for San Diego County.

“We did close the pier this afternoon,” San Diego lifeguard Lt. Rick Romero said. “It sort of touched the bottom of the low point of the Ocean Beach pier, so the waves at Ocean Beach are about 8 foot coming in.”

The low point of Ocean Beach Pier has been a problem spot before, experiencing some damage during past high surf events. 

Waves are expected to be 5-10 feet, building through the day before peaking Tuesday night and into Wednesday, according to San Diego Lifeguards. The result will create a high rip current risk and dangerous swimming conditions, the National Weather Service advisory shows. 

“If it’s your first time going out surfing, don’t make it the first time right now. That’s the biggest thing – don’t dust off a surfboard that you haven’t used in a while. It’s usually for experts only,” Romero said.

The advisory went into effect at before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and lasts through 1 a.m. Friday. Surf is expected to “gradually diminish” by Thursday, the National Weather Service said. 

Aside from urging only experienced surfers to be in the water, lifeguards say those wanting to watch the waves or exercise anywhere along the shore, should be vigilant. 

“We’ve seen that in the past people go out close, sit on wet rocks, and then a giant set will come in and will wash them off the rocks,” Romero said.

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