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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 The Wedge

USA, California, Orange County

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 33° 35.638' N
Longitude: 117° 52.944' W

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The Wedge is a heavy spot... don't even think of swimming out unless you are experienced. The city puts their weakest lifeguards there, they are useless, it will be the local crew that has to save your sorry carcass if you get into trouble... so be polite and use your head!

English (Translate this text in English): The Wedge is a heavy spot... don't even think of swimming out unless you are experienced. The city puts their weakest lifeguards there, they are useless, it will be the local crew that has to save your sorry carcass if you get into trouble... so be polite and use your head!

English (Translate this text in English): The Wedge is a heavy spot... don't even think of swimming out unless you are experienced. The city puts their weakest lifeguards there, they are useless, it will be the local crew that has to save your sorry carcass if you get into trouble... so be polite and use your head!

English (Translate this text in English): The Wedge is a heavy spot... don't even think of swimming out unless you are experienced. The city puts their weakest lifeguards there, they are useless, it will be the local crew that has to save your sorry carcass if you get into trouble... so be polite and use your head!

DistanceIn the city

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityTotally Epic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBreakwater/jetty

DirectionLeft

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth

Good wind directionNorthWest, West

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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- Rips / undertow
- Localism

 Additional Information

You can park in the residential neighborhood adjecent to the Harbor. Walk to the end of the street facing the harbor and turn right, walk all the way down over the sand hill and you will see the jetty and W tower... that is Wedge.

English (Translate this text in English): You can park in the residential neighborhood adjecent to the Harbor. Walk to the end of the street facing the harbor and turn right, walk all the way down over the sand hill and you will see the jetty and W tower... that is Wedge.

English (Translate this text in English): You can park in the residential neighborhood adjecent to the Harbor. Walk to the end of the street facing the harbor and turn right, walk all the way down over the sand hill and you will see the jetty and W tower... that is Wedge.

English (Translate this text in English): You can park in the residential neighborhood adjecent to the Harbor. Walk to the end of the street facing the harbor and turn right, walk all the way down over the sand hill and you will see the jetty and W tower... that is Wedge.

Atmosphere

Wedge brings out the worst in people... kooks come out of the woodwork when its breaking. The place creates a literal feeding-frenzy when there are hundreds of charged people lined-up in the afternoon watching and lenses lining the sand berm... an absolute freak show. If you show up please bring some respect for the locals and those living in the area... keep your trash in the can and your radio low. From May 1st thru Oct 31st Wedge is blackballed to boards from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Don't be a kook, watch, listen and learn.

English (Translate this text in English): Wedge brings out the worst in people... kooks come out of the woodwork when its breaking. The place creates a literal feeding-frenzy when there are hundreds of charged people lined-up in the afternoon watching and lenses lining the sand berm... an absolute freak show. If you show up please bring some respect for the locals and those living in the area... keep your trash in the can and your radio low. From May 1st thru Oct 31st Wedge is blackballed to boards from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Don't be a kook, watch, listen and learn.

English (Translate this text in English): Wedge brings out the worst in people... kooks come out of the woodwork when its breaking. The place creates a literal feeding-frenzy when there are hundreds of charged people lined-up in the afternoon watching and lenses lining the sand berm... an absolute freak show. If you show up please bring some respect for the locals and those living in the area... keep your trash in the can and your radio low. From May 1st thru Oct 31st Wedge is blackballed to boards from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Don't be a kook, watch, listen and learn.

English (Translate this text in English): Wedge brings out the worst in people... kooks come out of the woodwork when its breaking. The place creates a literal feeding-frenzy when there are hundreds of charged people lined-up in the afternoon watching and lenses lining the sand berm... an absolute freak show. If you show up please bring some respect for the locals and those living in the area... keep your trash in the can and your radio low. From May 1st thru Oct 31st Wedge is blackballed to boards from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Don't be a kook, watch, listen and learn.

General

As heavy a spot as anything on the Mainland. The waves are a by-product of improvements to the groin (rock jetty) on the north side of the Newport Harbor entrance undertaken during the 1930s. When conditions are just right and the waves approach the shore at the proper angle (south swells), an approaching wave will reflect off the groin creating a second wave. The reflected wave meets up with the following wave of the set and forms a peak. Because of this effect, waves at the wedge are often several feet larger than waves at other south facing beaches in Newport on any given day.

English (Translate this text in English): As heavy a spot as anything on the Mainland. The waves are a by-product of improvements to the groin (rock jetty) on the north side of the Newport Harbor entrance undertaken during the 1930s. When conditions are just right and the waves approach the shore at the proper angle (south swells), an approaching wave will reflect off the groin creating a second wave. The reflected wave meets up with the following wave of the set and forms a peak. Because of this effect, waves at the wedge are often several feet larger than waves at other south facing beaches in Newport on any given day.

English (Translate this text in English): As heavy a spot as anything on the Mainland. The waves are a by-product of improvements to the groin (rock jetty) on the north side of the Newport Harbor entrance undertaken during the 1930s. When conditions are just right and the waves approach the shore at the proper angle (south swells), an approaching wave will reflect off the groin creating a second wave. The reflected wave meets up with the following wave of the set and forms a peak. Because of this effect, waves at the wedge are often several feet larger than waves at other south facing beaches in Newport on any given day.

English (Translate this text in English): As heavy a spot as anything on the Mainland. The waves are a by-product of improvements to the groin (rock jetty) on the north side of the Newport Harbor entrance undertaken during the 1930s. When conditions are just right and the waves approach the shore at the proper angle (south swells), an approaching wave will reflect off the groin creating a second wave. The reflected wave meets up with the following wave of the set and forms a peak. Because of this effect, waves at the wedge are often several feet larger than waves at other south facing beaches in Newport on any given day.

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By Anonymous , 26-04-2010

- im an aussie surfer who will be in newport later this year, and i want to surf wedge. can somebody please tell me when the blackball is in force?

By Anonymous , 21-08-2009

First 20ft Ding Dong - hey speed bump, speak only when you're spoken to. I rip the wedge on my surfboard! clowndog!

By Anonymous , 18-05-2009

Still without a doubt Barba rips wedge - After all is said and done barba still rips Wedge to peices and all others only talk crap + he will probably save your life even though you may or may not like him, some what of a hero . the lifeguards ,not sure about them though,there cops or gaurds?

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