High surf continues to pound California coast

September 2, 2011 - 9:10 PM
California High Surf

A body boarder rides the waves at the Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, as a large swell hits the Orange County beaches.. Beachgoers this Labor Day weekend will be privy to big waves caused by a southwest swell that originated from a powerful storm near New Zealand. According to the National Weather Service, waves will be in the 5- to 8-foot range through Sunday. A high surf advisory issued earlier in the week was extended for the county through 9 p.m. Sunday. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Mark Rightmire) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — High surf has forced the closure of two Southern California beaches on the eve of the Labor Day weekend.

A spokeswoman for Orange County Parks says big waves on Friday damaged a wooden boardwalk and some steps at Capistrano Beach in Dana Point. She says 10-foot sets crashed onto the parking lot of Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach, bringing water and debris ashore.

Park officials will monitor ocean condition Saturday to determine whether they can reopen the beaches.

High surf will continue to pound California beaches into the weekend and beachgoers are being urged to be cautious and watch out for dangerous rip currents.

The National Weather Service says 6- to 8-foot waves, with occasional 10-foot sets, could pound the coast through Sunday night.