Newport Beach-The Wedge

Newport Beach, California

Located at the far Southeast part of Newport Beach, a wicked wave known as “the Wedge” is a bodysurfing and bodyboarding mecca. The Wedge has been known to produce 25-foot waves on a strong south swell and is not for the novice. While the steep break creates hollow waves for bodysurfers, not many paddle out on surfboards here. Bodysurfers discovered the surf break in the ’30s and dubbed it “The Hook.” On a monstrous day it’s a huge spectator draw, with hundreds of people cheering as a handful of bodysurfers brave the freakish waves. Boards are not allowed at the Wedge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 1 through Oct. 31. Parking in local neighborhoods. Lifeguard on duty.

Reminders: There is a 3-day rain advisory after each rain storm, use caution as bacteria levels can increase during this period. The County Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions. As an extra precaution remain 500 ft away on either side from any outfalls.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 19th, 2019. Orange County Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 19th, 2019 at 5:37 PM.
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Current Weather
16°C
Mostly clear
Monitoring Frequency

Newport Beach-The Wedge is sampled weekly from January 1st from December 31st.

Source Information

Swim Guide updates for Orange County are maintained by Orange County Coastkeeper based on information about water quality provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency, through the Ocean Water Protection Program at www.ocbeachinfo.com

Water Quality Graph

Newport Beach-The Wedge

Newport Beach, California

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 19th, 2019. Orange County Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 19th, 2019 at 5:37 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
16°C
Mostly clear

Located at the far Southeast part of Newport Beach, a wicked wave known as “the Wedge” is a bodysurfing and bodyboarding mecca. The Wedge has been known to produce 25-foot waves on a strong south swell and is not for the novice. While the steep break creates hollow waves for bodysurfers, not many paddle out on surfboards here. Bodysurfers discovered the surf break in the ’30s and dubbed it “The Hook.” On a monstrous day it’s a huge spectator draw, with hundreds of people cheering as a handful of bodysurfers brave the freakish waves. Boards are not allowed at the Wedge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 1 through Oct. 31. Parking in local neighborhoods. Lifeguard on duty.

Reminders: There is a 3-day rain advisory after each rain storm, use caution as bacteria levels can increase during this period. The County Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions. As an extra precaution remain 500 ft away on either side from any outfalls.

Monitoring Frequency

Newport Beach-The Wedge is sampled weekly from January 1st from December 31st.

Source Information

Swim Guide updates for Orange County are maintained by Orange County Coastkeeper based on information about water quality provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency, through the Ocean Water Protection Program at www.ocbeachinfo.com

Water Quality Graph

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