If you like to surf or hit the waves, the infamous “Wedge” in Newport Beach is something you have to experience at least once in your lifetime. Although The Wedge isn’t classified as a wave, it’s actually a 20 foot plus battering ram that was created by sheer intelligence.
The way it heaves, throws, and bends behaves in ways other waves can’t begin to comprehend. If you look at it up close, you’ll notice that The Wedge is a combination of two waves that join together, resulting in a massive slingshot that is capable of sending anyone flying. The Wedge takes a swell, but only for a few moments, retracting the swell energy from the jetty then smashing on the beach. Though it may look like a “humping effect”, as the locals call it, the feel and look of it must be seen to be believed.
For numerous years, The Wedge in Newport Beach has proven to be the best place in the world for surfing. Over the years, professional body boarders have headed here as well, to test their skill and experience with the one thing that’s very hard to top. Deadly at all tides, the best time to show up at The Wedge is in the morning or late afternoon, as this is when the tide is at it’s best. With sizes reaching between 6 and 20+ feet, you have to be on your toes before you even attempt to tame it.
If you plan to go surfing or body boarding here, you should also bring your camera, beach chair, swim fins, goggles, and insurance card! It’s always best to be prepared, which makes the insurance card great to have – especially when you consider just how powerful The Wedge truly is.
The best time to visit The Wedge is the summer, as winter may be a bit cold. As a beginner, The Wedge may be a bit too difficult. If you have experience, you may even find it to be a bit psychotic. At any rate, it’s a challenge you won’t soon forget. Nearby, you have numerous places to eat, such as the Quick Fix and Worth The Wait. There are also several places to stay as well, along with places to shop and enjoy yourself.
From surfing to sheer fun watching The Wedge pummel surfers, Newport Beach offers you everything you need to have an excellent stay. If you enjoy surfing, you simply must visit The Wedge at least once and see if you have what it takes.
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