Wedge Madness

Solid south swell brings massive barrels and closeouts to Newport Beach's most infamous wave

Never before has breaking your back, neck, legs, surfboard, bodyboard, SUP, and/or handplane, while trying to surf an unrideable closeout looked so appealing. It could be the water color, maybe the slow-mo, or the mellow jam soothing out all the chaos; but somehow, this clip makes gnarly Wedge look doable to a sane person. In fact, if the wave actually broke in slow-mo, but you could move at regular speed, you just might stand a chance at making one of the mutated beasts. Bruce Brown said it best: “The dirty old, nasty old Wedge.” Still, the original slab.