NEWPORT BEACH — Drawn by unusually high summer surf, die-hard body surfers, some burning their sick days, took to the Wedge on Tuesday.
They rode 10-foot waves with nothing but fins as three major storms in the Southern Hemisphere made their presence felt along Balboa Peninsula and much of coastal Orange County.
Onlookers cheered. Fellow surfers strategically whistled from the shore, giving the body surfers ample warning of the monster waves approaching from behind.
The last thing a body surfer would want is to get caught in between the sets.
From a distance, the sound of the crashing surf could have doubled for artillery shelling in some war movie as the body surfers waited in 55-degree water next to the jetties.
Curmudgeons like Ron Romanowsky, who was body surfing long before boogie boards emerged on scene, was behind his camera, documenting the entire affair.