Big waves pounding Newport and the Wedge

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Spurred by reports of big swells, I finally checked out the Wedge in Newport Beach yesterday. By the time I made it through the traffic crawling into the peninsula the biggest waves had gone, and surf boards had given way to body surfing. Whenever these intrepid souls caught a wave, the crowd roared with delight.

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Going in

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Trying to ride waves this like

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And this

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While lifeguards watched closely

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And waves pounded Balboa Pier further up the peninsula