Big Surf – The Wedge, Newport Beach Pt. 01

After seeing Aliso Creek do its thing on the morning of July 5th, I raced home, grabbed a couple of things and drove over to the Wedge on Balboa Peninsula to check the waves. I knew I would be fighting traffic like crazy to get down there and parking would be next to impossible but I had to check it out… I had my three kids with me (wife at home), and with the littlest one at 20 months old on my back, I had my hands full… I’ve been down there a bunch of times when I heard there was a swell in or big surf was up and every time I’ve been over the past few years, I’ve just been witness to peaceful choppy little bits of not much… this past Monday was totally different and was the surf I had been craving to see for a long time.

I’m going to break the pics up into a couple of posts; be sure to click the super-wide shots for the full effect. Enjoy:

Good vibes from the crowd present; big smiles everywhere
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

This was the first of many big white washes to come screaming up the sand and hitting the vertical lip
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

The crowd gets a dousing
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

This guy was great; this is the last photo in the sequence; you can check the full sequence below
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

Be sure to click this for the full effect
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

A nice wide shot of the scene
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

Crunch n munch on the shore. No takers.
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

A nice little (‘little’ is relative here) shorebreak ride with a tough landing at the end
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

Some heads talkin’ shop with the lifeguard du moment
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

Let’s see. Not going in on that one just yet.
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

People enjoying the free show.
The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

The Wedge Newport Beach CA July 5th 2010

I’ll post another round of pix later on.

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  1. Jesse, Great shots as usual! You really know how to time a moving wave to get the best shot. I never go out in waves, so these were wonderful to see. I’m glad some people enjoy surfing so we can all see them!

  2. Thank you for sharing your vision sir. I always enjoy getting to watch you spend a day somewhere.

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