Beachgoers across Northern California warned about large waves 

click to enlarge Ocean Beach San Francisco
  • AP Photo/Eric Risberg
  • In this photo taken Tuesday, May 14, 2013 cars park for free above Ocean Beach in San Francisco. For the right to frolic in the sand, sunbathers to Southern California beaches are used to feeding the meter or paying a parking attendant. Not so along the less developed north coast where it's customary to ditch cars on the shoulder of Highway 1 to surf, swim or picnic.That sandy line that long defined California's disparate beach culture may soon fade. In search of new revenue, the state parks system is eyeing parking fees for parts of the Northern California shoreline where none existed or hiking rates to visit popular beaches south of Los Angeles during peak periods.

Forecasters are warning beachgoers along the Northern California coast to be careful of sneaker waves, large surf and strong currents.

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement through Tuesday afternoon for Sonoma County through southern Monterey County, including in San Francisco. Beach warnings were also issued further north around Fort Bragg in Mendocino County and Crescent City in Del Norte County.

Beachgoers are advised to always keep their eyes on the ocean. Fishermen are being told not to fish from rocks and jetties.


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