Surfers were suiting up, stretching and salivating at the chance to ride major waves throughout San Diego Wednesday.

A high surf advisory was put in effect until 2 p.m. Thursday. Surfers experienced eight and nine foot swells, with occasional 10 and 12 foot waves.

"I'm very excited. I can't wait," said surfer Billy Lamb, who was staring at the swells crashing along the Ocean Beach Pier. "There some pretty gnarly sets coming in."

Spectators used binoculars to get a better glimpse of the surfers engulfed in the swells. One man standing on the beach admitted the waves looked intimidating.

Christ Devito's 9th grade physical education class got a crash course in wiping out.

"It's definitely bigger than me," said Devito of the waves.

It was the same story in Pacific Beach. Lifeguards said this is not the time for beginners to take up the sport.

"This level of surf requires some experience," said Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum. "We have even higher high tide through Saturday so in the mornings we want to put a warning out for people to use caution in those low lying areas especially if we have surf along with the high tides."

Until then though surfers said the sets are persuading them to stay long.

"I had a good day," said Gabi Liberman. "I'm late for work but that's alright."