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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  • The Wedge is an amazing place to see the Pacific Ocean. At the very top of the Newport Beach peninsula- It’s a bit out of the way and takes a few extra minutes but the waves are amazing. (Check the lo...  more »
  • This stretch of beach is at the end of the road in beautiful Newport Beach. It was a quiet morning when we were there and it was peaceful. Just a few people walking the beach. Lots of broken shells in...  more »
  • This beach is fantastic if you really want to see and hear the crashing of the waves. It is just crazy to watch the surfers hit the waves  more »
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  • One of the TOP Bodysurfing spots in the world. Unfortunately The Wedge was flat when we visited in April-2017. But the place is very beautiful. The way there even by car is fantastic. Extremely beautiful neighborhood. Nice houses, eyes for detail -> The people there are to be congratulated. Worth the ride. (Look for Newport Beach. The Wedge as I understand is the specific spot besides the river - that beach) Nice place!
  • One of the most Epic places to body surf, boogie board or surf. Massive waves that you have to see to get what I'm taking about. Only bad thing is the wave crashes right on the sand.
  • BEST SPOT EVA!!!

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