Up, up and away
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PHOTOS: South swell generates high surf at the Wedge

Up, up and away
Bobby Okvist, 18, of Newport Beach bails off his board after riding a large wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach. Some waves, from a south swell originating in the Pitcairn Island area of the South Pacific, were reaching 20 feet on the face.
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Riding every which way
A bodyboarder twists and turns and goes airborne on a large wave at the Wedge.
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Wall of water
A surfer reacts to an impending wipeout at the Wedge, a renowned surfing spot at the far eastern end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach.
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Broken board
Jake Caughill, 18, of Newport Beach heads in with a broken board.
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Swallowed up
A surfer is swallowed up by a wave. A high-surf advisory for south-facing beaches has been issued through Friday evening by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Classic form
The beginning of a wipeout.
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Bailing out
Bobby Okvist of Newport Beach goes high in the air as he exits a huge wave.
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Liquid mountain
A surfer leaps off his board as an avalanche of water bears down on him.
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The view from the shore
Spectators watch from the sand as large waves barrel into the Wedge.
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Sizing things up
A bodysurfer watches a large wave before heading into the surf.
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