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Swell brings monster surf to Oahu's North Shore

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HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A large, late-season swell brought monster surf to north- and west-facing shores of the state on Friday.

Lifeguards rescued three people at Oahu's North Shore, and conducted 1,400 preventive actions.

Meanwhile, there were 23 rescue on west-facing shores of Oahu. The majority of the west shore rescues were at Makaha Beach.

A High Surf Advisory remains in effect for the north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, north-facing shores of Maui, and west-facing shores of the Big Island. The advisory replaced the warning that had been in effect Friday.

Officials on Kauai are urging swimmers to sway out of North Shore beaches given the strong surf.

Waves on Oahu's North Shore reached heights of 20 to 30 feet, but were beginning to subside Friday afternoon. West-facing shores saw wave heights as high as 15 to 20 feet. 

The warning runs through 6 a.m. Saturday.

Surfer Joey Cadiz said conditions at Waimea Bay were excellent.

"Probably one of the top five sessions I've had this winter," he said.

Cadiz said he took full advantage of the late season swell, spending three hours in the water shortly after sunrise and heading back in at noon.  

Ocean Safety used Jet Skis to patrol the shoreline, and urged those on the beach to stay on dry sand.

"They're on hand standing by in case something goes down," said Ocean Safety Lt. Kerry Atwood. "We have a caution tape up or warning signs posted we're doing our patrols we're ready for this."

Visitor Mary Beth Kramer and her friends spent the morning bouncing from beach to beach.

"It's beautiful we went to the Pipeline first it was just a enormous waves," said Kramer.

As their vacation comes to an end they chose to spend their last day watching surfers charge waves the size of telephone poles.  

"I've never seen surfing before so this is great first time," said Mary McFawn.

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