Bodysurfing and Photography at The Wedge

The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Bodysurfing, Swimming

  • Skill Level:

    Advanced

  • Season:

    Summer, Winter

Beach
Family Friendly
Scenic

Southern California's best shore break. Massive waves on the right south swell. Clear water and Golden sand.

Beginning at the east end of the Balboa Peninsula The Wedge's main power house is the Newport Harbor Jetty. When the right south swell hits the jetty it reflects back creating a massive back wash. When the back wash hits an incoming set you have the notoriously heavy wedge-like shore break thundering the shore line.

The Wedge is home to bodyboarders, bodysurfers, skim boarders and surfers. You will also see big name surf photographers to up and coming photographers shooting in the massive surf line. With The Wedge facing south, water photographers have the unique opportunity to barrel the sun from east or west in their shots. This makes shooting all the more worth while and I highly recommend sunrise and sunset sessions to photographers.

The Wedge is absolutely for the advanced. This beach is very demanding of you and you need to stay focused and stay technical. Timing is everything when maneuvering in and out of the surf here. It is a steep inclined beach, with a dangerous shore break, powerful rip currents and an occasional undertow. Be sure you understand your limits before entering the water here and always wear fins. Secondary to fins bring fin tethers. I have lost many fins here as the surf tends to scoop them right off your feet.

The parking here is at times challenging due to the residential area (there is no designated parking). In the summer months there is a lifeguard on duty 7 days a week from 10:00am-6:00pm.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Towels
  • Bathing suit (or trunks or wetsuit)
  • Surf fins & fin tethers
  • Surfboard, Bodyboard or Skimboard
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Waterhousing unit
  • GoPro
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I've done a couple photo seshes down here during a swell and it's always scary watching body boarders/surfers dropping in on 10+ ft waves! Definitely makes for some epic shots though

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Been riding here forever. An Amazon spot! Fun when it's small, a little more hectic when it gets big. Not a great spot to learn as there is a lot of water moving and sketchy sandbars. Totally worth checking out when it's huge though.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

The Wedge is known around the world for its insane waves during big swells. I lived a block from here in college and spent tons of time here. Great beach and bodysurfing for experienced swimmers. I have seen some pretty serious injuries here as conditions can be quite dangerous, so only attempt if you are an advanced body surfer. It is a great beach to hang out at too.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

We go out to this area in Newport quite a bit. Aside from the surfing and photography, you can also have fun fishing off the jetty as well.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Not for the faint of heart! Fins are a must and you'll have to be a pretty decent swimmer. Not for everyone.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Little scary to be out in the middle of it, but catching it when they're big is definitely worth it. Pictures turn out that much better...plus you need to bring some fins

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

One of my all-time favorite places to bodysurf. Just a note: it's for experienced bodysurfers only. Lots of serious injuries occur here every year, so know your limits.

over 3 years ago
over 3 years ago

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