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Monster swell hits SLO County

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The Central Coast shoreline has taken some nasty natural abuse lately as monster waves have descended upon San Luis Obispo County.

The huge waves, which reached heights in excess of 20 feet on Dec. 4, kept most wave riders ashore, staring in awe at the beastly swells. Though a couple of New Times staffers braved the dangerous conditions and paddled out in the peak of the oceanic madness, Pismo Beach and Cal Fire captain Rick Howard advised local beachgoers to refrain from doing the same.

"It's pretty common sense. These are pretty dynamic and unordinary conditions," he said. "Anybody that is inexperienced should not be in the water."

Both Howard and a spokesman from the Morro Bay Coast Guard said that their respective agencies haven't had to make any water-related rescues during this epic swell. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said in Monterey County as local surf legend Peter Davi lost his life on Dec. 4 while surfing heavy waves at a surf spot called Ghost Tree.

According to the National Weather Service, a high surf advisory will remain in effect until Dec. 6.

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