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Shorebreak at the Wedge

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Another morning at the Wedge. I sympathize with this guy as I have eaten more than my fair share of shorebreak sand too. It looks like the lip caught him in the back of the head just after this shot was taken. And this is only a small inside shorebreak, not a set wave. Some days Wedge waves are so mutant that, combined with crossed-up backwash, they have the potential to work you at any time. See more wave photos.

Shorebreak, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Shorebreak.
Image ID: 14204
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

My guess is this guy shrugged it off and paddled out on the next backwash. Just one more reason to love a September southern hemi swell in southern Orange County…

Newport Photos from an August Swell

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A nice swell just hit southern California. I have some photos posted. For afternoon in-water shots see August 4th #1 and August 4th #2, and for beach shots see August 5th #1 and August 5th #2. Sorry, but some of the beach shots on August 5th are backlit, I asked the sun to move around to a different position but it would not oblige.

Surfer nearly collides with stray board, #3 of a 6 frame sequence, Newport Beach

Surfer nearly collides with stray board, #3 of a 6 frame sequence, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16835
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16802
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

The Wedge, Newport Beach

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A wave, breaking with powerful energy, at the Wedge in Newport Beach, The Wedge

A wave, breaking with powerful energy, at the Wedge in Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16988
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

September swell at the Wedge, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

September swell at the Wedge.
Image ID: 14416
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Bodyboarder drops knee, the Wedge, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Bodyboarder drops knee, the Wedge.
Image ID: 16995
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16802
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16803
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16804
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

A large, powerful wave breaks with offshore winds at the Wedge in Newport Beach, The Wedge

A large, powerful wave breaks with offshore winds at the Wedge in Newport Beach.
Image ID: 18706
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Kirk Blackman, Newport Beach

Kirk Blackman, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16830
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Kirk Blackman, September swell Newport Beach, California

Kirk Blackman, September swell Newport Beach, California.
Image ID: 14393
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

The Wedge in Newport Beach is one of the world’s most notorious and exciting bodysurfing spots. Locals in the 70’s and 80’s developed a reputation for getting barreled in the bruising, thick wave while risking being pile-driven onto the sand if they got sucked over. Growing up in Newport in the 60s and 70s, I remember many times sirens would sound down Newport Boulevard as an ambulance raced to the Wedge to attend to some poor soul who had gone over the falls trying to impress his buds or the (quite fine) local girls, crunching bones as he returned to the beach. The old-school still bodysurfs the Wedge by virtue of a local ordinance that forbids any boards in the water between 10am and 5pm. However, these days boards rule the Wedge, working the place with bodyboards and standup. The Wedge is best on a south swell. Incoming waves reflecting off the adjacent jetty combine with the next wave to form a doubled-up triangular mutant mountain wave that pitches over thick and fast in surprisingly shallow water. The result is a big, sucking, foam-filled donut. Don’t get caught inside during a closeout set.

See more photos of the Wedge taken recently.

Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge.
Image ID: 14355
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge.
Image ID: 14354
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

A tube, the inside of a breaking wave, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

A tube, the inside of a breaking wave.
Image ID: 17007
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Photo of the Wedge, Newport Beach
Photo of the Wedge, Newport Beach
Photo of the Wedge, Newport Beach
Photo of the Wedge, Newport Beach