While many body surfers braved the giant waves that dominated the Wedge this week, hundreds of spectators gathered along the beach to enjoy the occasional 20-foot-plus waves.
A high surf advisory for Orange County remains in effect through 9 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Very strong rip currents are forecast as well as some flooding.
High tide is forecast to hit at 12:46 Friday in Newport Beach, 1:45 pm.m on Saturday and 3:03 p.m. Sunday. Those times will be similar in other coastal O.C. cities.
The large waves are coming from a long-period south swell, the weather service says. The surf will decrease slightly into the weekend but remain in the 5- to 8-foot range at many beaches. The dangerous riptides will gradually subside late in the weekend.