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Photos: Surf's up in Corona del Mar

Hundreds of spectators have been gathering at Orange County's Wedge to watch giant waves ricochet off the jetty soar up to 20 feet in the air and crash onto the sand. A short distance away, across the channel lies the hamlet of Corona del Mar, unlike the Wedge not an icon for surfers. Yet for this and recent storms, dozens of surfers of all ages and skill levels raced to Corona del Mar's Main Beach. Surf boarders, bogey boarders, body surfers  and stand up paddlers can do what very few were doing at the Wedge: ride waves! Consistent perfectly shaped 12 to 15 footers rolled in. Surfers actually caught and rode them. The more skilled athletes risked crashing into the jetty and were able to ride waves the more than 2,000 foot length of the jetty all the way to the beach. In the channel, surfers waved to passing boaters and saluted the bait barge. Move over Wedge fans, make room for Corona del Mar, where wave riding happens.


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