Wed. 12/15/07 - 7:20am (PST) - A big storm north of Hawaii has created some lovely waves for the coast of California with Mavericks and Pebble Beach up North getting the BIG waves, but here in SoCal Seal Beach and Sunset Beach were the best positioned for the waves (LA beaches in the lee of the Channel Islands).
Last night at 10pm was the peak of the swell, but this morning was the last of the big waves, so out we went to watch. Most of the swells and waves hitting Seal Beach south of the pier were between 8-12 ft with an occasional peak at 14-16ft. Due to the beach and ocean floor, most of the waves were shore breaks, bad for surfers but decent for the body boarders.
A crowd of hundreds sat or stood up on the sand berm watching about 100 plus surfers and body boards attempt to catch a ride. It was mayhem, waves changing direction, sand bars causing them to gain or lose height at odd times, and too many surfers out on top of each other.
Video taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95. blackphoebe.com