Surfers chase the storm swell before the rain hits Southern California

As one of the first swells of the winter season appeared along the Southern California coast, surfers hit the water before the expected storm and rain rolled in. The waves were building through Wednesday morning, and were expected to be 4 to 6 feet high by the afternoon.

The surf will be even bigger Thursday — in the 5-to-8-foot range — and bigger at select spots, before slowly dying down into the weekend, according to Surfline.com. The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for the large west-northwest swell.

“This swell will produce high surf and strong rip currents, leading to hazardous swimming conditions, the advisory reads.

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