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High Surf warnings not stopping die-hard surfers from shredding waves in Ventura

The National Weather Service reminds everyone to be cautious this weekend when heading out to the beach for high surf.

Hurricane Fabio off of Mexico’s Pacific coast is expect to bring high surf to beaches up and down the coast until Friday.

“When there is high surf that pretty much means good waves,” said Josh Zelner, a surfer from Ventura. “It’s pretty windy out right now, this is great. We are out here, shredding it.”

“High surf just means waves are getting bigger, and it depend on how the swell is and how it hits,” said Izak Hazzard, a surfer from Camarillo. “Right now it is just really long lines, but really closing out so you don’t have a chance to get a really good cut in, but hopefully it picks up and gets better tomorrow.”

According to experts, waves are expected to reach up to 9-feet with strong rip currents. Not ideal conditions for beginners like Lucy Hough, and her friend Jilliam Dupree who are visiting from the High Desert area.

“I got pounded,” said Hough. “And I was stuck on the rocks.”

“This was only my second time,” said Dupree, “It was pretty hard, but fun.”

Officials warn the public to swim near a lifeguard tower and to never take your eyes off your children.

“Personally I like the bigger waves, but it’s whatever the swell does,” said Hazzard.

High Surf advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. on Friday.

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