The Wedge, Newport Beach

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The Wedge is a spot located at the extreme east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California known for its large wedge shaped waves that makes it a popular spot for surfing. During a south or south/southwest swell of the right size and aligned in the swell window, the Wedge can produce huge waves up to high.The wavesThe waves are a by-product of improvements to the rock jetty on the west side of the Newport Harbor entrance undertaken during the 1930s. When conditions are right, and a wave approaches the shore at the proper angle (most generally a south swell), an approaching wave will reflect off the jetty creating a second wave. The reflected wave meets up with the following wave of the set and forms a peak, and this pattern can repeat for several following waves as well. The combined effect of the reflected wave and the incoming wave creates a combined wave much larger than either of the two separate waves and occurs very rapidly and forms waves in a very unpredictable and "unstable" pattern, so that no two waves are alike and the exact breaking point is difficult to predict even for an experienced surfer.Although this condition primarily occurs with large, south swells, it can also occur, with considerably lesser frequency, during "normal" conditions.In addition, the beach at The Wedge is very steeply shaped sand, resulting in what is known as shore break and a very strong backwash which often drags people back into the surf. The backwash itself frequently creates another, outgoing wave, which can hit an incoming wave or surfer with enormous force. With the combined effect of the unpredictability of where the incoming waves will break, and the strength of the backwash, the resulting wave action can be highly unpredictable and therefore both exciting as well as very dangerous. The combination of danger, along with the chance to get pitted (enclosed in the tube, barrel, or "pit" of a wave), draws many to surf The Wedge.
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  • August 7, 2017
    You just can't go to Newport without going to the Wedge. Parking is a bit of a hassle but who could pass up the chance to see this renowned surfer beach? Make sure you check when the surf's up so you ...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    This is such a fun spot to watch the body boarders! I have never seen such radical crashing waves! You have to be very experienced! Professional photographers frequent this place!  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    Simple, beautiful.. Particularly if you hear the seas are large, and the tide will be in... go.. Drive to the extreme south east end of the Newport Peninsula, then walk to views of waves steeper than ...  more »

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