The Wedge - Kevin “Mel” Thoman
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Wedge Crew

The Wedge - Kevin “Mel” Thoman
Kevin “Mel” Thoman scopes out the waves at the Wedge in Newport Beach. Thoman is one of the original “Wedge Crew” in Newport Beach; he and his body-surfing pals have challenged the dangerous surf break for three or four decades. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
The Wedge - Wedge Crew
Thoman stands among beachgoers in Newport Beach. Another season at the Wedge is coming to a close. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
The Wedge - body board
A broken section of a body board is buried in the sand at the Wedge in Newport Beach. The owner of the board broke it in the surf, but continues to use it in its abbreviated form, just for fun. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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