The Wedge Hurricane Marie Surfing Big Waves 2014

The Wedge Surfing Photos by John Cocozza Photography

Professional Surfing Photographer in San Diego

Southern California in the late summer of 2014 saw amazing big clean surf and huge swells hit the coast. For several weeks surfers saw a parade of hurricanes in the Pacific Ocean. The most notable of these storms was the epic Hurricane Marie that produce some of the cleanest and ridable south swell waves surfers have seen in decades. The epicenter of attention was The Wedge in Newport Beach which looked more like Hawaii then California. Locals along with pro surfers such as Jamie O’Brien, Cam Richards, Diego Silva, Cheyne Magnussun all paddled out at the Wedge to ride that glory wave. Bodyboarders and bodysurfers were also on hand to charge the huge surf ranging from 12 to 25 foot faces or also known as 6-12 foot according to Hawaiian standards. Spectators saw a thick pack of big wave riders drop in on massive walls of water that occasionally opened up to provide a gaping barrel. Most of the time the wave detonated either on top of the rider or the barrel swallowed them only to spit them up onto the beach after a couple more poundings.

The Newport Beach Lifeguards had their hands full this day and certainly earned their paychecks performing numerous beach rescues. The beach was packed with thousands of spectators who began showing up hours before dawn to get a parking spot. Local police and fire department crews were even breaking out their own cell phones to capture pictures of the massive swell. The Newport Peninsula by midmorning had turned into a parking lot with thousands of tourists flooding the beaches to get a glimpse of the shear wave power created by Hurricane Marie.

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