South Swell From Hell – Part 1

Coinciding with the largest surf contest on earth (the Hurley U.S. Open of Surfing) were some of the largest waves to hit the entire West Coast in a few seasons. We were getting reports of perennial waves from Southern Mexico to Santa Cruz that were simply huge. Here’s our first batch of gold from the south swell from hell. Man, Jamie O’Brien looks right at home at macking Wedge. I wonder why…

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Stay tuned to for much more on the swell that was. This is only part 1. RIP Monte Valentin – a bodysurfer who caught his last wave on Friday at the Wedge.

Check out this interesting video of the Wedge, taken from the other side of the harbor. Pretty humbling perspective.

South Swell From Hell, Newport Beach Wedge, big surf, huge surf, Jamie O'Brien

Jamie O’Brien going for broke at the Wedge. Photo: Steindler