The Wedge, Newport Beach

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.
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Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

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

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

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

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

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
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Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
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Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
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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.
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Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Kirk Blackman, Newport Beach

Kirk Blackman, Newport Beach.
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Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Kirk Blackman, September swell Newport Beach, California

Kirk Blackman, September swell Newport Beach, California.
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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.

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

Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge.
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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.
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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.
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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