Swell September – The Wedge in Newport Beach Breaking Big, Part 01

I was driving down PCH mid-afternoon on August 30th and saw that the ocean had big spreading patches of foam along the edges… this used to mean nothing to me but now I know it means surf is pounding the shore enough to cause everything – the kelp, the sand, the water, and probably the fish – to kick up a foamy mess… At me next stop, I checked surfline.com and checked the surf report for the Wedge.

Sure enough – the conditions report said “10-15+ ft.” Yikes! That’s monster surf in these parts… it gets bigger, but that’s pretty big.

Hang on, cuz here we go:

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Crowds lining up for the surf. It was big and fast.

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Jockin’ for a spot.

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Coming in big!

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Getting beautiful now…

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Choice ride…

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Click for big photo - The Wedge, NB 09 01 2011

Click for big photo - The Wedge, NB 09 01 2011

Click for big photo - The Wedge, NB 09 01 2011

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Look at that wave stacking up behind that guy. He is in a couple of feet of water here… he’s definitely in for a thorough washing.

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Click for big photo - The Wedge, NB 09 01 2011

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Wallin up. In the second frame, check the surfboard this guy has to surf over… seconds to crash after that.

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Monstrous foamy lip

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Crowd control.

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