The Wedge

Newport Beach

At the end of the Balboa Peninsula, the Wedge is famous for its perfectly hollow waves that can swell up to 30ft high. The waves are shore-breakers that crest on the sand, not out to sea, so you can easily slam your head. There’s usually a small crowd watching the action. This is not a good place for learning how to handle the currents; try a few blocks west.

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