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High surf on Friday continued to pound the Wedge, a prime surfing spot off the coast of Newport Beach, challenging surfers and body boarders.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A body boarder goes upside-down through the top of a wave at the Wedge on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

As high surf continues at the Wedge on Friday, a body boarder gets some air time when he catapults over the top of a wave.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A surfer (minus his surfboard) goes flying.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A body boarder holds on tightly to his board at the Wedge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Body boarders sprint down one of the big waves pounding the Wedge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A body-surfer finds himself in the grip of a huge wave Thursday at the Wedge, where breakers measuring up to 15 feet or higher pounded the shore.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A surfer is flipped off his board near the Huntington Beach Pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Much to the delight of surfers at Huntington Beach, a storm near Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand is creating a strong southwest swell that is hitting the Southern California coast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Taking advantage of a strong swell, a surfer executes an aerial maneuver near the Huntington Beach Pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A crowd watches big surf wash ashore at the Wedge in Newport Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A surfer at Sunset Beach bails out while riding one of the big waves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A bodysurfer negotiates a huge wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A surfer thinks twice about catching a huge wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Surf washes around a crowd and erodes the beach Thursday at the Wedge in Newport Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A bodysurfer ducks out of a huge wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Pounding surf erodes the beach at the Wedge in Newport Beach, where waves measuring up to 15 feet or more were common throughout the day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A storm near Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand is creating a strong southwest swell that is hitting the Southern California coast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A police officer and pedestrians take quick steps back as a wave crashes over Strand Way in Oceanside. The portion of the popular oceanfront street was closed after a pedestrian walking through puddles reported being shocked.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Huge waves scour the beach along Strand Way just south of the Oceanside Pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Visitors to the Oceanside Pier take in the big waves that have been pounding Southern California beaches.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Breaking waves splash as high as the railing of the Oceanside Pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

High waves crash underneath the Huntington Beach Pier while visitors watch from a safe distance,

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The picnic grounds at Thornhill Broome Beach State Park in Malibu are inundated when the swell combined with a 6-foot high tide around noon on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A powerful Southern Hemisphere swell pounded Southern California beaches Thursday. Houses, precariously perched at land's edge, had front-row seats to the swell's power.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

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A storm near Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand has created a strong southwest swell that is hitting the Southern California coast.

Pedestrians had to take take quick steps back as waves crashed over Strand Way in Oceanside.  The portion of the popular oceanfront street was closed after a pedestrian walking through puddles reported being shocked.

Familiar spots like the Wedge in Newport Beach are reporting waves  up to 15 feet high.

2 Comments

  1. September 1, 2011, 4:24 pm

    Great shots!

    I went to the Wedge this morning around 11 and it was amazing! The waves were too intense for me, but some body boarders were braving the surf.

    Red flags cover southern Cali.

    Lesley
    lesleycarter.wordpress.com

    By: lesleycarter
  2. September 4, 2011, 3:49 pm

    I was at Laguna Beach yesterday and the waves brought tears to my eyes. I used to be such a fist until 18 years ago I had to give up surfing. Next I went to bodyboarding and 5-6 years ago due to Medical problems I had to leave that. My daughter learned to surf in Hawaii but I ALWAYS wanted to be able to teach her here, in California at Ocean Beach in San Diego. My eyes and my Heart were both crying

    By: curt

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