Big Surf Draws Surfers to the Wedge

The biggest swells of the season spell wipeout for some

By Yvonne Beltzer
|  Friday, May 20, 2011  |  Updated 9:15 AM PDT
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Waves as high as 20 feet hit south-facing beaches in the biggest surf to date this year.

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Waves as high as 20 feet hit south-facing beaches in the biggest surf to date this year.

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Big surf at the Wedge in Newport Beach drew surfers and thrill seekers Thursday.

South-facing beaches were being hit with high surf -- some of the breakers at the Wedge were as high as 20 feet.

These are the biggest swells of the season so far and they are expected to continue through Friday morning.

"The waves are big for an average day," said Peninsula Point Association President Dennis Borowsky, who added that he walks the beach every day.

Surfer David Arnold said most of the waves ranged between 6 and 8 feet.

"It's a good little workout," Arnold said, adding "a lot of fun."

But fun for the experienced surfer only.

"If you don't know what you are doing, you don't belong here," he said.

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