Marie | Chronicles of A Swell

Newport Beach Wedge | August 27 2014

"I've never seen it this big"
"Dad, even you aren't good enough to surf these waves"
"Whoa, I can't believe it's so big."
"I'm just glad we found parking."

These were someone of the conversations taking place on the sand while The Wedge in Newport Beach put on a show for locals and tourists alike. Waves were in the 20-30ft. range and provided challenging situations for surfers and bodyboarders alike. Jamie O'Brien has since become a Wedge local and caught a couple big sets, before snapping his Catch Surfboard!

By 8am, the surrounding streets and alleys closely resembled the 405 Freeway as people circled for parking as it was pretty much full by 7am. Did I mention Wednesday's are street sweeping days meaning the right side of all the streets are "No Parking"? Talk about parking ticket revenue for the city of Newport Beach!

If you have never seen the Wedge break during a big south swell in person, than I highly recommend you make plans! While pictures and videos provide good coverage, it is hard to experience the excitement that surrounds this place when it's firing. Enjoy the pictures!


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The Swell of The Decade?

As a major south swell is schedule to arrive later tonight and peak tomorrow, surfers up and down the California coast are preparing for some major surf. Many forecasters are reporting that this will be one of the biggest swells to hit our coastline in more than a decade. Is this hype? Only time will tell. 

While all of this is very exciting, it is also important to remember that the ocean is very powerful and surf conditions can change quite rapidly. Rip currents will look more like rivers and side shore currents will surely pose a challenge to swimmers, bodyboarders and surfers alike. Don’t over estimate your ability to thrive and survive in heavy surf and observe from shore if you have any doubt in your abilities. It simply isn’t worth it to put your life in danger, not to mention those who will try to rescue you if things go wrong.

So be safe, be smart and enjoy this swell. After all, we might not get another one for quite some time.


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Gabriel Medina Wins the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti

For me personally, the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti is one of my favorite stops on the WCT each year. Especially when a solid swell presents itself; something which pushes many professional surfers outside of their comfort zones. This year was no different as the waves were stellar and the top surfers really put on a show.

Of course, this included some heavy wipeouts, serious injuries and crucial rescues during the peak of the swell as those in the water were dedicated to charging hard. While Teahupoo can be a punishing wave for those who ride it, it surely creates an exciting event for everyone watching from the safety of the channel or live webcast.

In the end Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina surpassed their fellow competitors and met in the final of the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Both are very talented surfers, who take very different approaches to their heat's which made for a great match up. 

The initial start of the heat was quite slow with no waves being ridden in the first 10 minutes.  In fact, a restart was issued with the clock reset to a full 35 minutes. Nonetheless, once things got going, it was a battle till the very end. Despite being known for his small wave antics, Gabriel Medina proved that he was fearless in big surf as he took off on some of the heaviest waves that rolled through .  When the final concluded after 35 minutes, Gabriel Medina had the lead and was declared the winner of the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti. 

And just like that, one of the most exciting surf contests is over. Now all the WCT surfers will switch their attention to smaller waves as the next stop will be Lower Trestles in Southern California; a wave which is the exact opposite of Teahupoo. Congrats to Gabriel Medina and everyone else for charging this week and putting everything on the line at the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti!


2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti

2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti

2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti


Newport Beach Wedge | August 23 2014

While the Wedge in Newport Beach may have looked more like a playful and fun beach break this morning which was spitting out perfect barrels for those who ventured into the lineup, one must also remember how dangerous of a spot it really is. With heavy closeouts breaking in waist deep water, wonky backwash and unpredictable sneaker sets, the wedge is a fun, scary and hard to predict beast. The lineup was extremely crowded with local standouts like Dylan Cotton and top professionals including Jamie O'Brien; both of which were absolutely charging! 

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