8 photos of thrills and overflows from Wedge’s wild spectacle – Orange County Register

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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.

With a big wave looming above his head, a bodyboarder descends the face of a wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach on Friday morning, April 23, 2021, as the biggest southern swell of the season moves towards the coast and will continue throughout the weekend. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

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.

As spectators watch, a surfer jumps off his board as he attempts to ride a wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach on Friday morning, April 23, 2021, as the season’s biggest southerly swell moves to land closes and will continue throughout the weekend. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

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.

The Wedge woke up with a bang on April 24, 2020, bringing the biggest swell of the year to slam the world-famous surf spot at Newport Beach. (Photo courtesy of Royce Hutain)

“It’s always fun to photograph there because of the excitement of the crowds and watching the sneaker waves take over unsuspecting people,” said photographer Royce Hutain.

Surf photographer Michael Latham has captured epic moments of riders riding the bestial wave.

The Wedge brought bombs to Newport Beach on April 24, 2020, taking spectators to the sand to watch surfers get thrills and spills on the world famous wave. (Photo courtesy of Michael Latham)
The Wedge brought bombs to Newport Beach on April 24, 2020, taking spectators to the sand to watch surfers get thrills and spills on the world famous wave. Surfer Dawson Tylers enters a difficult situation. (Photo courtesy of Michael Latham)
The Wedge brought bombs to Newport Beach on April 24, 2020, taking spectators to the sand to watch surfers get thrills and spills on the world famous wave. (Photo courtesy of Michael Latham)


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