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High Surf, Sun This Labor Day Weekend

Tropical Storm Ireana will do its part to keep the summer endless, bringing big waves to the Los Angeles County coast Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Storms to the south will churn up big breakers from Malibu to Orange County over the holiday weekend.

Starting Friday and lasting through Sunday evening, waves will reach heights of 10 feet along the Malibu coast, primarily at Zuma and Point Dume, and up to 8 feet elsewhere. Beaches facing south and southwest, such as at the Santa Monica Pier, will see the biggest waves south of Malibu, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Sukup.

"There's a pretty strong storm over the Southern Pacific. Some of the swell from that is making it's way up here," he said.

The storm has combined with Tropical Storm Ireana to bring the big waves. Breakers will be the biggest Friday and Saturday, according to Sukup.

The Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory to warn residents of the possibility of strong rip currents and high tides of 5.3 feet about 10 a.m. Friday. 

With the exception of some morning fog and clouds, holiday beach-goers will also experience warm, sunny weather along the Los Angeles County coast.

It appears the hottest day will be Monday, when a high of 82 degrees is forecast in Malibu, 79 degrees in Santa Monica, 83 degrees in Culver City, 74 degrees in Manhattan Beach and 86 degrees in Belmont Shore.

Jonathan Friedman August 30, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Cool photo!
Jenna Chandler (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Cool enough that it's enticing you back to LA?
Jerry Rubin August 30, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I think that is a picture of me surfing. Or, possibly someone else. Maybe an old photo of Jonathan Friedman? HAPPY LABOR DAY!
Diane Naletich August 31, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Exciting...time to head over to El Porto to watch the surfers. Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.
The Surfers Coalition August 31, 2012 at 02:38 PM
SURFS UP for the weekend! Could not be better timing for the end of the summer/Labor Day weekend and an amazing show going off tonight at the Malibu Inn, come check out all the fun with the Malibooz, Dick Dale & son Jimmy on the drums!
jacksonpete August 31, 2012 at 02:44 PM
that pic cools me off:) thanks!
saul good August 31, 2012 at 09:24 PM
hellwood September 02, 2012 at 12:12 AM
the waves here in malibu suck. you should all go somewhere else, or you could easily go face first into the sandbar like the guy in the picture above. stay out of the water here. it is full of sharks, jellyfish, and powerful rips. you will likely be run over by a herd of beginners that cant hang onto their boards and you will surely ding your shiny new $700 channel islands or your spiffy new paddle board. its not worth it!
Brian September 02, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Jonathan- how are you? You owe me a call...
Jonathan Friedman September 02, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hey Brian! Email me your phone number and let's talk. Jenna ... tempting. Jerry, funny comment.


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