Fall surf kicks into gear in Santa Cruz

National Weather Service issues beach hazards statement

By Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel

A surfer flies out of a wave at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz after grabbing a midafternoon ride Tuesday. The west-northwest swell that arrived Tuesday poured overhead sets, and even some double overhead sets, in to local surf breaks. It is expected to decrease through the week. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel)

SANTA CRUZ >> A solid west-northwest swell funneled into Santa Cruz County surf spots on Tuesday, bringing overhead waves and smiles to surfers’ faces.

The swell peaked about 9 feet at 16-second intervals, according to Surfline.com. The swell triggered a beach hazards statement from the National Weather Service from Sonoma County to Monterey County through Tuesday night. The weather service advised swimmers, surfers, beach combers and anglers to be wary of strong rip currents and large waves arriving unexpectedly.

A powerful set roars into Steamer Lane Tuesday. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Waves are expected to drop from the 6- to 10-feet range Tuesday in Santa Cruz to about 4 to 6 feet Wednesday and smaller through the week, according to Surfline. Air temperatures are predicted to reach the low 70s this week and in the 50s at night with potential rain Friday, the weather service reported.

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