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As Good As It Gets: Huge Waves Pound the Wedge

High surf advisory remains in effect through Sunday night. Swimmers are warned to watch for "very strong" rip currents.

While many body surfers braved the giant waves that dominated the Wedge this week, hundreds of spectators gathered along the beach to enjoy the occasional 20-foot-plus waves.

A high surf advisory for Orange County remains in effect through 9 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Very strong rip currents are forecast as well as some flooding.

High tide is forecast to hit at 12:46 Friday in Newport Beach, 1:45 pm.m on Saturday and 3:03 p.m. Sunday. Those times will be similar in other coastal O.C. cities.

The large waves are coming from a long-period south swell, the weather service says. The surf will decrease slightly into the weekend but remain in the 5- to 8-foot range at many beaches. The dangerous riptides will gradually subside late in the weekend.

Sally Hackley September 02, 2011 at 02:14 PM
I love the photos and going to walk over to the Wedge later today. Keep up the great articles Sally
PK September 02, 2011 at 06:06 PM
What is scary..is that The Wedge can get much bigger than this! Insane...
Sandy Asper September 02, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Great photos!
Paige Austin September 02, 2011 at 09:29 PM
I love the dolphin playing in the surf - really cool photos!
Bob Rohwer September 03, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Wow! Some absolutely awesome photos! Glad to see them here on Patch!

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