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VIDEO: Carnage and Glory at the Biggest Wedge in Years

Newport Beach, California's "The Wedge" is renowned as one of the state's most unstable and unpredictable shore breaks. Even on a "normal" day, it's a great place to break your board and get slammed straight into the sand. July 4th, 2020 was far from normal, with forecasts calling for some of the biggest waves in years.

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Despite the closure of LA's beaches, a number of surfers woke up early and headed down to the unusually violent break, resulting in one of the most entertaining Wedge sessions we've seen.

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VIDEO: Maximum Barrel with Nic Von Rupp at Skeleton Bay, Namibia
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VIDEO: Maximum Barrel with Nic Von Rupp at Skeleton Bay, Namibia

VIDEO: Maximum Barrel with Nic Von Rupp at Skeleton Bay, Namibia

Namibia's Skeleton Coast doesn't have a lot going for it. The desert coast is inhospitable, home to dense fog, less than half an inch of annual rainfall, and over 1000 rusting shipwrecks. The local San people referred to it as "The Land That God Made in Anger," which is both quite poetic and a pretty solid indication that it's not a very nice place. RELATED: This Smooth Surf Edit is Yoga for the Eyes The major draw, besides shipwreck-sightseeing, is Skeleton Bay, home to some of Earth's

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VIDEO: How to Fall in a Closeout Barrel with Nate Florence
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VIDEO: How to Fall in a Closeout Barrel with Nate Florence

VIDEO: How to Fall in a Closeout Barrel with Nate Florence

Have you ever been surfing at Pipeline in Hawaii, caught a perfect barrel, and realized that you're not going to make it out of the barrel before it crushes you? No? We haven't either, but it happens. So, in anticipation of a future surf trip during which we'll have developed the skills requisite to get barreled, there's no one we'd rather have prepare us for the perils of a closeout than Nate Florence.  RELATED: WSL Cancels 2020 Season, Makes Tour Format Changes Given how much Nate surfs,

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Stream the Portuguese Surf Film Festival for FREE
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Stream the Portuguese Surf Film Festival for FREE

Stream the Portuguese Surf Film Festival for FREE

It’s certainly been a weird time for surfing. The WSL's season was canceled. Who knows when we’ll be able to safely hop on a plane for that dream surf getaway. Not to mention all the beaches throughout the U.S. that have been closed altogether because of the pandemic. These days a little good news wouldn’t be so bad, which is why the Portuguese Surf Film Festival decided to offer their incredible line up of films for free through a virtual event. Sure, it doesn’t beat being on the beaches of