Bigger waves began hitting Newport on Thursday. Around noon, body
surfers at the Wedge were strapping on fins to challenge eight- to
10-foot sets. Around the same time, a fair crowd of surfers had shown
up to ride the waves near the West Newport jetties.
"It's good size, but it's kind of closed out. The tide's really
low," surfer David Holeman said on the beach near 54th Street.
Another surfer, Greg Rothstein, said Thursday's waves were pretty
"Some good rides. Good south [swell] and there's a little bit of
north in it now. Combo swell," Rothstein said.
In anticipation of the surf, Newport Beach plans to put more
lifeguards on the beach than would otherwise be there, Lifeguard
Capt. Jim Turner said.
"It's already starting to show, and we've made some rescues
already," he said.
If the big waves continue as expected on Saturday and Sunday,
Turner said, additional lifeguards may be called to work for the
weekend. He said most beachgoers who are not strong swimmers should
probably stay on the sand and watch the waves.
For those who do have the skills to be safe in the water, Borg is
expecting today to be a highlight of the summer.
"This is the one of the season, for sure," Borg said.