February 16, 2002
June Casagrande BALBOA PENINSULA -- With its short, steep, intense waves, the Wedge is known worldwide as the ideal bodysurfing location. But one local man wants to make it official. Kevin "Mel" Thoman said he wants the city to officially designate the spot as the world's top bodysurfing site and to punctuate the point with a statue. "I used to drive through Huntington Beach -- Surf City, USA -- past the surfer statue on the way to the Wedge," Thoman said.
September 23, 1999
Jessica Garrison NEWPORT BEACH --It had been nine years since Peter Finch studied CPR as a junior lifeguard. But Wednesday afternoon, when a Riverside man was pounded by a wave, lost feeling in his leg, and couldn't get out of the surf, Finch knew just what to do. "I ran over and stabilized his neck, and asked someone to put a board under his feet," Finch said, noting that he remembered from his junior ...
July 4, 2004
Ever hear of the Sports Illustrated jinx? That's when the sports magazine touts a team or player (usually on the front page) and then said player or team tanks like no one since, well, the last Sports Illustrated cover darling. We can hope that jinx sticks just with cover subjects, otherwise it might be a small, calm summer at The Wedge. The bodysurfing Valhalla just was included in SI's state report on California. It was listed Who & Where section of 31 sports hot spots and was described as "America's toughest bodysurfing waves."
May 1, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- The guys look like everyone else at the beach on Sunday, sprawled in the sand and soaking up the sun. But they didn't hit the beach to relax. The bodysurfing enthusiasts came to clean "the wedge," a favorite surf spot at the end of Balboa Drive. Bags of garbage lie by their sides. They call themselves The Wedge Preservation Society, a group that worships the art of bodysurfing and claims the wedge as precious territory.
May 25, 2002
June Casagrande Let's face it, while the weather in Southern California is user-friendly almost year-round, the water isn't quite as welcoming. In fact, if you want a Floridian's opinion, California waters are flat-out cold most of the time. But for a few months of the year, the water is warm enough for even the least-hardy land mammals. So here are some ways to get wet and some of the best places to frolic. Everyone knows surfing is a dish best served cold.
July 2, 2004
Simon Brown If you're less than the best, stay away from The Wedge. It's something locals know and others recognize. The July 5 issue of Sports Illustrated named The Wedge the toughest bodysurfing spot in the United States as part of its profile on sports in California. During its 50th anniversary celebration, the magazine has been featuring all 50 states in the United States and focused on California in its latest issue. The Wedge was included in the state's Who & Where section of 31 sports hot spots and was described as "America's toughest bodysurfing waves."
July 24, 2009
Newport Beach’s world famous bodysurfing location, the Wedge, claimed its first life in more than 20 years Friday afternoon when a wave slammed an unidentified man into the serrated jetty off the edge of the Balboa Peninsula, authorities said. The 50-year-old Los Angeles man was apparently body surfing at the Wedge about noon Friday when he got pinned in by the rocks after a large set of waves, some up to 25 feet high, said Jennifer Schulz, a spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department.
April 10, 2001
The recent big surf brings up memories of the 20-foot surf at the Balboa pier during the 1920s. This was before we knew about surfboards or bodyboards. Bodysurfing was the sport, and there were two main places we went -- Long Beach and Balboa. Specifically, the Balboa pier. Surfers are notorious for inflating the size of waves, but we had a foolproof system of measurement. When you were on a big wave and you looked to your right at the pier, if you saw water running down the face of the pier you knew you were on a 20-foot wave because the Balboa pier was a 20-foot pier.
September 7, 2003
"After the dot-com companies faltered, we felt the pinch. But now, we see the more stable corporate clients coming back. They've tightened up a little bit, but they are starting to spend more." -- Susan Emmett, secretary of the Newport Beach Restaurants Assn. and manager of Villa Nova Restaurant, commenting on summer business in Newport-Mesa. "Coyotes usually eat the insides. They usually leave the carcass behind. So it's horrible for the family to see their pets killed like that."
September 25, 1999
A textbook arrest Costa Mesa police officers responded quickly -- and successfully -- to an attempted bank robbery Thursday morning. The two suspects were caught not long after they tried to make off with $3,200. Police Lt. John FitzPatrick said that the chase demonstrated the discipline of the officers, who waited for the suspects to run into a wall of officers. No one was seriously injured in the robbery or the chase, a fortunate ending to what could have been a much sadder story.