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Wedge, The


Thick, punishing, highly specialized surf break adjacent to the west jetty of Newport Harbor, at the tip of Balboa peninsula in Orange County, California; ridden mostly by bodysurfers, bodyboarders, kneeboarders and skimboarders, although stand-up surfers have also made their mark.

The Wedge is a classic "rebound" wave: each incoming swell pushes against the jetty rocks and rolls back as a refractory wave, which then vectors against the following swell, effectively doubling the wave's height...