Happy Labor Day…..we had playful swell this weekend as the huge south subsided. The entire beach has suffered major sand erosion. The beach is steep and out beyond the jetty it is far deeper than usual. Thanks to all those who came to HQ yesterday to celebrate Labor Day and thanks to Mark for taking the pictures below on Wednesday August 27th, 2014.

Let me admit it……I blew it! I was out of town on business this past Tuesday and Wednesday. So yes, I was kicking myself when all hell broke loose on Wednesday morning and I was 400 miles away watching it on webcams. I received some texts early Wednesday morning as waves pounded against the 56st lifeguard tower almost knocking it over and into the surf. The high tide mark almost came to the volleyball court. The tractor arrived about 20 minutes later and dragged the tower up the beach to safety. All breaks in Newport were firing and the lifeguard boats bobbed around at sea looking like toy’s amidst that giant waves. Some surfers braved the hurricane swell but there were many more beach observers than people actually in the water. In front of HQ we have suffered a lot of sand erosion due to the heavy swell. It’s gonna take a few weeks for some of that sand to get pushed back up on the beach…..if it ever comes back at all.

Ronny Nelson 8/24/14 behind the 56st Jetty in Newport Beach

Ronny Nelson 8/24/14 at 56st in Newport Beach

Surfline Image from drone Newport Beach 8/24/14 swell lines miles out

We lost a lot of sand during this swell

Tower getting dragged to safety, note the high tide water mark

Note the drone filming this lucky guy catching a good one at 56st