When the Wedge is on, it is unlike any other place on the Southern California coast.
Massive waves crash and break near the shore, where spectators line up and cheer as they watch surfers, bodyboarders, bodysurfers and skimboarders try to feel the thrill of the building-sized wave.
Waves were rising 15 feet last weekend as the season’s biggest southerly swell was dubbed “La Bamba”.
The swell started to fill on Friday, bringing significant surf as the strong southerly swell began to show itself.
The Orange County Sheriff’s harbor patrol on a boat is in the background to make sure emergency services aren’t needed – the guy put the breaks on that wave.
It’s a spot for experts that can break the neck, enough to draw Hawaiian pro surfing celebrity Jaime O’Brien to town to take on it.
Photographers had their lenses ready to capture weekend moments, thrills and spills, wild erasures and even a few moments of silliness as the waves crept in and flooded people watching on the sand.
âIt’s always fun to photograph there because of the excitement of the crowds and watching the sneaker waves take over unsuspecting people,â said photographer Royce Hutain.
Surf photographer Michael Latham has captured epic moments of riders riding the bestial wave.