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Yesterday was a day off for me between the IndyCar races in Sonoma and Fontana so I headed to the beach for a beer. Someone at the bar at the Newport Beach Brewery was talking about the "gnarly break" out at The Wedge. I've never really shot any real surfing before so I drank up and headed to the end of East Balboa Blvd. There was a big crowd both in and out of the water and I was told that at its peak "The Wedge was throwing eighteens. I think maybe I have a better idea today what "gnarly" means.

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Aug 27, 2014 at 03:11 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · The Wedge Going Big


Very nice images with waves they only dream of in Florida.


Aug 27, 2014 at 03:34 PM
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Pretty respectable shots for a race guy, John! You should see it today- about double yesterday's size, and life threatening- 20-30 feet. The crowd has grown accordingly.

Hurricane Marie swell is hitting the coast hard today...



Aug 27, 2014 at 05:36 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · The Wedge Going Big


John,
Very nice set, the light you had was great compared to early am there.
Good luck when you go back this afternoon

-Tim



Aug 27, 2014 at 06:18 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · The Wedge Going Big


Tom D wrote:
Pretty respectable shots for a race guy, John! You should see it today- about double yesterday's size, and life threatening- 20-30 feet. The crowd has grown accordingly.


Thanks Tom. I am going to give my best shot at making it back down there from Fontana tonight with a bit longer glass. I like the perspective of Tim's shot (just posted)...especially with the evening sun pointing down the barrels. My son was out there this morning for the big swell. Can't wait to see what the little dude got.

JohnCote




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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · The Wedge Going Big


Yeah John, size increased substantially today. Just speaking for me here, but I've found that most times my 300 2.8 is generally more lense than I need there, and my 70-200 works really well. But this swell's a fat one, so the biggest sets break farther out, especially at low tide.

Another angle is to go farther north up the beach with the bigger glass and shoot back towards the rocks. Late afternoon/early evening western sun is gorgeous, and lights up the riders in the barrels.



Aug 27, 2014 at 10:07 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · The Wedge Going Big


Nice job. Still waiting for a decent summer swell here in the Gulf.


Aug 28, 2014 at 06:59 PM
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kbnovak wrote:
Nice job. Still waiting for a decent summer swell here in the Gulf.


Thanks...you need a Cat-5 like we have off shore now.

JohnCote




Aug 28, 2014 at 08:54 PM
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Very nice, it's making the national news...

Chris



Aug 28, 2014 at 09:11 PM
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nice shots especially #5 and #7 for me.


Aug 30, 2014 at 01:51 AM





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