The Wedge: a whitewater nightmare designed by Hurricane Marie

California has been hit by a liquid missile. The projectile transformed The Wedge into a big wave surfing arena, thanks to Hurricane Marie.

Southern California surfers were anxiously waiting for it. When Hurricane Marie swells touched the coastline, the result was splendid surf at almost any spot.

The Wedge literally exploded, and hundreds of surfers, bodyboarders and skimboarders took the bull by the horns. Twenty foot plus wave faces arrived and had to be ridden.


Leashes were left on the sand, extra wax was applied to shortboards, and giant kick outs rapidly invaded the blue skies of Newport Beach. Marie brought surfing's brightest stars, too.

Jamie O'Brien was spotted performing his classic board transfer in a hyper wave, and Laird Hamilton shot the Malibu Pier twice, but August 26th and 27th were the anonymous surfers' day. May the West Coast continue to deliver epic days of surfing.

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