Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  Orange County  /  Newport Beach  /  Beaches  /  The Wedge

The Wedge, Newport Beach

(4.7/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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 skimboarding, surfing, bodyboarding and bodysurfing. 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 (see below) 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.
Add The Wedge and other attractions to your Newport Beach trip itinerary using our Newport Beach vacation builder.
Source
map
Create a full Newport Beach itinerary

Plan your trip to Newport Beach

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Newport Beach by other users

3 days in Newport Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Newport Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Newport Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Newport Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDONESIA June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Newport Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Newport Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Great place to visit with wonderful views of the bay and the ocean. If a clear day, you can easily see Catalina Island. No bathrooms and parking can be a problem to find a space if the waves are high ...  more »
  • No: food, showers, car park. : Big wave surfing. What you interesting, everyone decides himself))))
    View original
  • This is the best place to watch local surfers, the waves get pretty huge at times and the water can be dangerous if you aren't experienced.