A Wedge In The Program
Success has never come easy at The Wedge, and paying dues is a must. In early June, when the infamous Southern California shore break turned on, guys such as Jason Rhodes were willing to pay the price for a chance at glory.
Punker Pat Towersey
A Newport lifer, "Punker" Pat Towersey has recently taken to grinding through some heavy Wedge days. Where else in Orange County, Calif., are you going to find a wave like this?
A transplant from South Africa, Damien Fahrenfort makes friends with his new local spot.
The myth of perfection personified. As Spencer Pirdy knows, the shape of a wave like this won't last long.
A lot of waves nobody wants a part of come through at The Wedge. This would be one of them.
Riding some waves is a pure act of bravado. For this unidentified local, there's nowhere to go but down.
Damien Fahrenfort takes a leap of faith off of the high dive.
Brad Ettinger finds a surprisingly perfect wave at The Wedge ... that doesn't happen very often.
Situations like this are known as TOADS, which stands for "Take Off and Die Syndrome."
Jason Rhodes rides a thick wave that's breaking in about four feet of water. Bail out now and you'll be picking sand out of your ears for the rest of the summer.
There's no chance Spencer Pirdy was going to make it out of this pit, but at least he got credit for pulling in from the witness in the foreground.
Everything's looking good for Bobby Okvist. It's what happens in the next few seconds that will mean the difference between surfing survival and being served on the sand.
Jason Rhodes off the top ropes!