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Big waves roll in again, expected to be head-high or bigger

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A big ocean swell is expected to draw out thousands of surfers along the San Diego County coast Saturday, where head-high waves or bigger will be rolling in again.

Two distant storms churned up the Pacific this week, initially pumping up the surf on Tuesday. A bigger sea started running Friday, and the energy will keep coming ashore at least through the early afternoon.

Most sets will be in the 5-7 foot range, with some breakers cresting around 10 feet.

Because of the big surf, lifeguards urge surfers, or anyone getting into the water, to go in within sight of a staffed lifeguard stand. The pounding surf pits the beach and contributes to rip tides, which can suck a swimmer out to sea. Marine safety experts recommend swimming parallel to shore until free of the current.

All the popular surf breaks are expected to be crowded.

Water temperatures will be around 60 degrees, according to the NWS.

An NWS high surf advisory is in effect until 4 p.m., and a coastal flood advisory in effect until 10 a.m.

On Friday, San Diego lifeguards made at least 20 ocean rescues. One swimmer was hoisted aboard a chopper from some rocks and taken to a hospital to be checked out after getting out.

On Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Huntington Beach Pier in Orange County, a memorial paddle-out will be held for influential Southern California surfer Sean Collins, an expert big-wave rider, wave forecaster and the operator of surfline.com. He died the day after Christmas of a heart attack at age 59 while playing tennis in Newport Beach. The Seal Beach resident, who started surfing when he was 8, was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach

2008.

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