About The Wedge

The Wedge is a mutant of a big wedging left that reflects south swell energy off the Newport Harbor jetty. On a big south swell the Wedge can produce waves well over 20-foot faces very close to shore, with hollow grinding bowls right on the sand. During the summer all flotation devices (surfboards, bodyboards, skimboards, etc.) are banned at Wedge between 10am-5pm so the old school bodysurfers can have at it. The Wedge is a classic spectator arena and one of the best entertainment venues in the world when it's on.

Source: The Wedge Surf Guide

Ability Level

Advanced

Beg Int Adv

Advanced watermen and women who are comfortable in heavy shore break only.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Can be heavy.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Moderate to heavy when it is on.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

Mutant wedge off the jetty that offers some of the biggest barrels in SoCal.

Shoulder Burn

Exhausting

Light Exhausting

When it's on, you'll be working.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Not great after a rain.

Additional Information

Hazards

Smashing into the jetty, steep sand-sucking drop-ins, no parking.

Access

Street parking is a hot commodity when it's pumping.

Bring Your

Shortboard, skimming, bodyboard, bodysurfing

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

March-October

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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