As a swell moved in from the west, big waves pounded the Northern California coast on Saturday. The National Weather Service (NOAA) buoys recorded waves from 20 to 30-plus feet between Cape San Martin to the south and Point Arena to the north. Monterey Bay recorded the largest waves it has seen in 30 years with the swell reaching 34.12 feet at one point.
The previous record was 32.8 feet in 2008. Bay Area resident Don Dianda took photos of the surf at McClures Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore at 11 a.m. on Saturday. “I like to shoot the surf at this particular beach whenever the raw swell pushes beyond 10 feet at 15-plus seconds,” Dianda said. “This was easily the biggest day I’ve ever seen — the beach was completely gone & the ocean surge generated by large sets forced me to retreat 100 yards up the trail.” READ MORE