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The Wedge break guide

The Wedge Surf Guide

The Wedge in Orange County is a fairly exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the north. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach breaks are all lefts. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Often Crowded. Hazards include rips and locals.

The Wedge Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
19.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Wedge:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Wedge occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf The Wedge (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing The Wedge with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in April while 4% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 93% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Wedge Location Map

Interactive The Wedge surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to The Wedge is John Wayne Arpt Orange Co (Santa Ana) Airport (SNA) in USA, 9 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Wedge is Tustin Mcaf Airport (NTK), also in USA, 14 km (9 miles) away.

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The Wedge Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 1 July 2022, 10:10 Local Time
Friday 01
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 16 16 15
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on on cross-

Swell History at The Wedge

Surf stats for The Wedge, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at The Wedge

Wind stats for The Wedge, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

The Wedge Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 7 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s55.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s54.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s21.8
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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joseph from United States
“Pretty gnarly. Don't wear a leash - you'll get screwed because it moves so much water and it's so thick that if you want to back out and you have your leash on your board will pull you over, but it's a shore break so it doesn't matter you will go over the falls at least one time and you will get drilled if you go over head first. Tuck into a ball or put your hands out and when you feel the sand, roll. Some people break their necks and some die, but worth the risk if you get the side wave and get pushed into a perfect barrel. Don't bother going if it's not a south swell. Over all best spot in Newport for body boarding and body surfing.”

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