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Patrick W
1 contribution
Apr 2022
Where to start... I have been coming to this place for over 20 years. It is my church. What does the uninitiated need to know? The surf is powerful and dangerous. Physical ability combined with superior wave knowledge and selection are what's needed to be even remotely successful here. The crowd is intense and often filled with visiting pro surfers and bodyboarders. It is one of the few big waves that is regularly surfed by bodysurfers and they are some of the best in the world. If you do not know what you are doing dont go in. If you dont know what you are doing and you even try to get in the water a lifeguard will politely tell you not to.

As for the beach, it is absolutely beautiful. The water is often clear. The boats coming out of the harbor are picturesque. Because it is at the end of the peninsula, it is often relatively uncrowded on the beach. There is even quite a bit of wildlife in the area. I saw a whale in the lineup once! The jetty also makes for a nice walk and the water is clear enough to see garibaldi and other fish from the rocks.

What to know:

There are NO bathrooms. None. It's tucked away in a residential area so its pretty isolated in that regard.

Street parking only. No parking lots. So you may have to walk a little bit.

It is a summer break. Waves typically start in April go through the summer months and end in late october. The late swells of the season can be absolutely beautiful.

Black Ball: From May to October bodysurfing only from 10AM-5PM. But dont let that stop you. The bodysurfing is unbelievable here. A truly noble sport.
Written April 26, 2022
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Marion Coddington
Newport Beach, CA40 contributions
Oct 2019
Huge surf is normally at the Wedge. Surfers enjoy the huge waves. When the waves are huge, many people like to visit. They watch in awe of the surfers. During 6 months of the year, I think the sunsets are spectacular with a view of Catalina Island.
Written February 24, 2020
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David M
Vero Beach, FL11,097 contributions
May 2022
On the May 2022 visit, the waves didn't amount to much and the 15th street area, near Newport Pier was actually better. I did have the opportunity to visit in early June 2021 and had the good luck of 10 foot days, a spectacle of skilled bodyboarding, surfing, bodysurfing, and unfortunately one serious injury, a broken leg, just above the ankle. It's worth walking down from farther north partly to inspect the very affluent neighborhood and its tiny gardens.
Written June 2, 2022
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Nick C
Cincinnati, OH377 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Nice place to stop. Ion street parking for the most part. Quick walk to the sand for great ocean views but even better views of the houses and cliffs of surrounding Newport Beach and Corona Del Mar. there were life guard stations and plenty of space for fun. The day we were there the waves were calm but we were told some days there are tremendous waves.
Written June 9, 2022
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themurrayfamily
Sheffield, UK316 contributions
Feb 2020
As nice as it is to see it isn't somewhere to spend too long with when you have small children. Ours like going in the water but the waves were just too strong and big down here so we didn't stay long. Nice to visit though on a quiet week day afternoon when there really weren't many other people around.
Written February 27, 2020
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TLBPsyD
Gilbert, AZ1,583 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
This is a great place to prank a newbie with a boogie board. Watch them catch a wave and then eat it when the waves pull back. Gotta love the memories from Freshman Year.
Written August 28, 2015
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James Weaver
Irvine, CA2,171 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
In 1939 a Hurricane came to Newport Beach and created waves of some 12 to 14 feet coming directly up the harbor channel. Certainly there was not much built in the area at that time, but thinking of this makes me shudder at what would be the outcome today. As you try to park, yes it is difficult here, you will walk by some lovely small original cottages that remain, some very large homes on perhaps 2 or 3 lots, and the back sides of those that face the bay. Always a treat, that I do not do often enough. We usually drive along the bluff in Corona Del Mar for that view and look across the channel toward the Wedge for Sunsets. My experiences of 67 years in Orange County have included many visits and they are all each extraordinary. Several years ago! The Newport Beach Film Festival showed a documentary on the Wedge, their most popular movie ever. If you can view this film, locate it and enjoy. During the screening at the Lido Theatre I saw, many of the Wedge old timers and youngsters were present, what a thrill to see them today and body surfing in years long ago on film.
Written March 13, 2018
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Robert C
Newport Beach, CA30 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
The Wedge may be the most famous and most dangerous body surfing break in the world. Spectacular to watch and photograph when a large swell from the south / southwest arrives in Newport Beach (ideally with an offshore wind creating the best conditions), but only the most experienced body surfers and board riders with superb swimming skills should venture into the water when the "surf is up." Due to the effect of a jetty at the entrance of Newport Harbor, a swell at the proper angle will create a huge "refracted" wave (up to 30 feet), which is the product of a swell / wave colliding with a previous swell / wave that has been redirected by its collision with the jetty. Originally built by the Army Corp of Engineers from 1916-1921, an enlargement and extension of the jetty in 1935 is what Wedge historians believe has created the now world famous waves that frequently break in extremely shallow water and have been the cause of several deaths and many serious injuries, some of which have permanently paralyzed the unfortunate surfers.The effect of the collision of a wave and the "backwash / sidewash" at a different angle from the previous wave is in effect a new wave in a wedge shape that is much larger than either in height and depth, and highly unpredictable concerning how or where it will break.
i learned a lot about The Wedge break in 1976 doing research for a lawsuit against the City of Newport Beach filed on behalf of a young man paralyzed at The Wedge. One result of the suit was the subsequent posting of signs by the City of Newport Beach on the beach warning of the extremely dangerous conditions arising from the truly unique surf adjacent to the jetty.
Those signs should be heeded by everyone contemplating entry into the ocean when the big swells arrive - and surfing novices and others not extremely familiar with the conditions should enjoy the exciting world class surfing action by experts from the shore.
Written March 18, 2015
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Jo_Ann000
San Diego, CA43 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
The Wedge is a must see if you are in Newport Beach. Very cool watching the body boarders and surfers catch the huge waves. There isn't a parking lot so be prepared to drive around the neighborhood looking for a parking spot.
Written July 4, 2018
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Kimmied76
7 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
We went here to watch this really cool break and the brave guys who ride it! We went 2 mornings - about 6:30. The first morning was a bigger break and amazing to see! The second day the break was mellower but still fun to watch.
Written April 10, 2015
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