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The founder of a nonprofit focused on helping veterans and a group of Cal Poly students have collaborated to create a prosthetic for amputee military veterans who surf. Recently in Morro Bay, those students and a veteran put the prototype to the test.

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Women surfers scored a big win in California last year when an obscure government commission decided it would only lease a public beach to the Mavericks global surf competition if men and women were awarded the same amount of prize money. Experts said the precedent could compel equal pay at marathons, bike races, skateboard contests—any athletic events on public land.

NPS

One of the Channel Islands is temporarily closed to the public following damage caused by heavy surf this past weekend. 

Santa Barbara Island's landing dock and access ladders were destroyed according to the National Park Service. Its the only access point for the public to visit the island. 

Santa Barbara Island is the smallest and one of the least visited islands within the park.

National Weather Service

A storm system brewing in the Pacific off the coast of Oregon and Washington is expected to affect the surf along the Central Coast.

There is a High Surf Advisory in place for the West to Northwest facing beaches of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties Monday evening through Wednesday.  

The National Weather Service says a large swell is moving into the area bringing surf of 8 to 12 feet, with some local sets as large as 14 feet. The peak wave action is expected Tuesday.

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Stretches of Santa Barbara's South Coast were still seeing the effects of Hurricane Marie on Thursday with the storm surge expected to diminish through Thursday night.

Exposed areas are most at risk for damaging waves, like the destruction seen Wednesday on Catalina Island. The Channel Islands give the Santa Barbara coast a bit of protection, but wave sets were still being recorded between 6 to 10 feet according to the National Weather Service.

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Marie became a Category 4 storm Sunday morning as it moved north, hundreds of miles off the West Coast of Mexico and farther out into open ocean.

The National Weather Service predicts potentially damaging surf generated by the storm to impact south and southeast facing beaches of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, with surf building on Tuesday and peaking Tuesday night into Thursday.

There is potential for some of the highest surf seen in recent years for a southerly event, with max sets of 10 to 15 feet possible.