A southerly swell has brought dangerous rip currents to the water from San Diego to Oxnard, and the heavy surf is forecast to become most intense on Monday as thousands flock to the beach on the final day of the holiday weekend.
National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan said south-facing beaches like Zuma in Malibu and parts of the Palos Verdes Peninsula will receive the brunt of the 5-foot swell, which could produce surf as high as 10 feet.
“Make sure you don’t get knocked off. When you are in the surf zone, you can be swept off your feet and pulled out to sea,” Kaplan said.
If caught in a rip current, he advised swimming in a parallel...