The Wedge is a world-famous surfing and bodysurfing spot located at the extreme east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California. During a south swell of the right size and direction, the Wedge can produce huge waves up to 30 feet (9.1 m) high. The Wedge is very steeply shaped sand, resulting in what is known as shore break (see below) and a very strong backwash which often drags people back into the surf. The backwash itself frequently creates another, outgoing wave, which can hit an incoming wave or surfer with enormous force. With the combined effect of the unpredictability of where the incoming waves will break, and the strength of the backwash, the resulting wave action can be highly unpredictable and therefore both exciting as well as very dangerous. Of course, it is this combination of danger which draws so many to surf The Wedge. Inexperienced swimmers or surfers should always use caution when considering swimming in the surf near The Wedge.
The Balboa Fun Zone:
This historical landmark was first established 1936 and since then it has been handed down for many years. Balboa Fun Zone is one of Southern California’s oldest and lasting historical coastal amusement park. Located on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach, the Fun Zone adventures local coastal blast fun.
The deep nutrient waters surrounding Newport Harbor is considered some of the most fertile waters in Southern California and attracts all types of marine life. Many of the tours are designed just for viewing marine life, including killer whales, giant blue whales, dolphins and seals.
Crystal Cove State Park:
This spectacular park has 3.2 miles of beach of which the offshore waters are designated as an underwater park. With 2,400 acres of undeveloped woodland, Crystal Cove is used for hiking, horseback riding, and by mountain bikers.