The Wedge shows its claws

October 9, 2017 | Surfing
The Wedge: Southern Californians enjoys a long-period swell

We're already deep into fall, but Southern Californians are calling it the swell of the summer.

If you're a surfer living in California, you know how hard it was to find waves during the 2017 summer. If fact, it was deeply frustrating to spend the warm season chasing decent two-foot rollers.

But the rainbow has finally arrived. The Wedge was set on fire by a long-period south swell that hit Newport Beach's most famous surf break during the weekend. And you could feel the ocean's energy from the beach.

With light winds and an ideal sandbar waiting for the performers, the goods were served in golden plates and spaced sets. The waves were big and hollow, and not for the faint-hearted.

You could easily spot the locals charging and dominating the peak, but the cool and enthusiastic vibes spread around, allowing everyone their fair share of adrenaline shots.

The Wedge's historical session kicked off early in the morning and had, as always, all sorts of crafts pushing the envelope - bodyboarders, surfers, skimboarders, and bodysurfers coexisted rationally and respectfully.

As always in this surfing arena, there were a few frightening wipeouts, bone-crushing moments, and flawless pit exits. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.