Inside Newport Harbor. Just don't think about paddling out, it's illegal. Photo: Jimmicane/ Red Bull Content Pool

Inside Newport Harbor. Just don't think about paddling out, it's illegal. Photo: Jimmicane/ Red Bull Content Pool

Jamie O'Brien and caddy make their way past Balboa's beach rentals. Photo: Jimmicane/ Red Bull Content Pool

Jamie O'Brien and caddy make their way past Balboa's beach rentals. Photo: Jimmicane/ Red Bull Content Pool

Jamie O'Brien dialing in his equipment. Photo: Taras

Jamie O'Brien dialing in his equipment. Photo: Taras

Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Jimmicane/ Red Bull Content Pool

Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Jimmicane/ Red Bull Content Pool

Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Jimmicane/ Red Bull Content Pool

Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Jimmicane/ Red Bull Content Pool

"I got a few bombs, but I also took a few beatings," said Jamie O'Brien of his Wedge session. Photo: Jimmicane/ Red Bull Content Pool

"I got a few bombs, but I also took a few beatings," said Jamie O'Brien of his Wedge session. Photo: Jimmicane/ Red Bull Content Pool

Tyler Gunter, all of 12 years old. Photo: Taras

Tyler Gunter, all of 12 years old. Photo: Taras

Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Taras

Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Taras

Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Taras

Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Taras

A common sight at the Wedge. Photo: Taras

A common sight at the Wedge. Photo: Taras

Spectators in all their different colors. Photo: Taras

Spectators in all their different colors. Photo: Taras

That man is flying, if only for a brief moment. Photo: Taras

That man is flying, if only for a brief moment. Photo: Taras

Bobby Okvist. Photo: Taras

Bobby Okvist. Photo: Taras

Bill Bryan. Photo: Taras

Bill Bryan. Photo: Taras

Bill Bryan. Photo: Taras

Bill Bryan. Photo: Taras

Sunday, before the blackball. Photo: Taras

Sunday, before the blackball. Photo: Taras

Photo: Taras

Photo: Taras

Photo: Taras

Photo: Taras

Photo: Taras

Photo: Taras

Photo: Taras

Photo: Taras

Photo: Taras

Photo: Taras

The Wedge. Photo: Taras

The Wedge. Photo: Taras

Life savers. Photo: Taras

Life savers. Photo: Taras

Posted. Photo: Taras

Posted. Photo: Taras

Looking the other way. Photo: Corey Wilson

Looking the other way. Photo: Corey Wilson

Bobby Okvist on a bomb. Photo: Corey Wilson

Bobby Okvist on a bomb. Photo: Corey Wilson

Photo: Corey Wilson

Photo: Corey Wilson

Cylinders. Photo: Corey Wilson

Cylinders. Photo: Corey Wilson

Photo: Corey Wilson

Photo: Corey Wilson

Photo: Corey Wilson

Photo: Corey Wilson

A Wedge Weekend

Labor Day weekend saw a solid Southern Hemi swell march straight towards Newport Beach’s famed big wave: the Wedge. In our tight-lipped office we heard rumors of Red Bull takeovers and Surfline live streams. Of Bruce Irons, Nathan Fletcher and Jamie O’Brien putting on a show for the Internet world to gasp over. But in the end there was no live stream and no Bruce and Nathan. There was, however, Jamie O’Brien and a band of thrill specialists. O’Brien later said, “It’s an amazing wave, I was blown away. That rebound off the jetty’s hard to read and you’re constantly trying to find the right place to take off, but that’s what’s so great about it. It makes you work for it.” The Pipe Master’s got a point.