Best Of Summer 2017: Surf Spots
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1. The Wedge

North side of the Newport Harbor jetty

The wild Wedge is world-renowned for its slamming surf, which can get up to 30 feet during a summer south swell. It’s a popular spot for a variety of wave riders, including bodysurfers, bodyboarders, surfers, skimboarders – even a whale washed up on shore after tumbling around in the big surf earlier this year. (It was unharmed as it was washed back out to sea.)

The Wedge was spotlighted at the Newport Beach Film Festival this year with the documentary “Dirty Old Wedge,” which gave a detailed history of bodysurfing at the big-wave spot.

The unique wave – which draws thousands of spectators to watch in awe from the sand during big swells – has been the center of controversy. A bodysurfing group called the Wedge Crew lobbied City Hall decades ago to have the area blackballed, meaning no boards are allowed during summer months for certain hours of the day.

There’s one thing Wedge enthusiasts agree on: The wave is not for novices, and only experts should try to charge the wave, which breaks in shallow waters.

Even the most experienced riders can find themselves battered and beaten after a day at the wild Wedge.

2. Huntington Beach Pier

Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway

The surf breaks on the north and south side of the Huntington Beach Pier sit at the epicenter of Orange County’s surf scene, and you’ll find waves breaking here nearly every day of the year.

On any given day, you’ll see some of the world’s top surfers – like Huntington natives Brett Simpson and Kanoa Igarashi – charging the waves at the pier. There’s a handful of locals who have been surfing the same spot for decades, along with surfers who are just learning to ride waves, and everyone in between.

It’s where some of the world’s best surfers show up for the U.S. Open of Surfing, a massive action-sports festival held in the middle of the summer, an event that draws hundreds of thousands of fans to the sand to root on their favorite athletes.

3. Trestles

South of San Clemente

There’s a reason the only World Surf League world tour contest on mainland North America is held at Lower Trestles – it has some of the best waves in the world.

Surfers love the skate ramp-like waves that peel both right and left at this world-famous surf break, which is located just south of San Clemente.

It’s not easy to get to, but once you take the trek down the hill, the waves are worth the hike. That is, if you don’t mind battling the aggressive crowd. At Trestles, you’ll need to fight for the waves you want, and that paddle battle might be against one of the world’s top surfers, some of whom call San Clemente home.

Every September, fans can get up close to their favorite surfers when the world’s best show up to compete at the Hurley Pro.

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