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Surfers flock to big waves in Newport Beach

July 21, 2010 |  7:57 am

The big waves are back. Surf was up Tuesday at the Balboa Peninsula and West Newport Beach, where 6- to 7-foot waves have had surfers out in full force, said Jim Turner, the lifeguard battalion chief.

"We've got hundreds of surfers out there," he said. "They're taking advantage of the great conditions."

Every good "surfable spot," he said, has had dozens of surfers since Tuesday morning, especially the Point, off Balboa Peninsula from 17th to 19th streets. There's good surfing to be found off West Newport, extending from 28th Street to the Santa Ana River, where the border of Huntington Beach begins.

Turner said the terrific swells are the result of a winter storm in the Southern Hemisphere. It's brought 6- to 9-foot waves crashing ashore at the popular boogie-board spot the Wedge, where the waves often break close to shore due to the nearby jetty that separates the Newport Harbor channel from the rest of the ocean.

Read more in the Daily Pilot.

--Tom Ragan, reporting for the Daily Pilot

Photo: A body surfer salutes a large wave as it breaks at the Wedge on July 20, 2010. Credit: Kent Treptow / Daily Pilot

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