Newport Beach

Wealthy and crowded Southern California beach city, featuring six miles of west- southwest-facing coastline, located in Orange County, just south of Huntington Beach. "Newport," as surf writer Zach Weisberg noted in 2009, "is an American Surf Mecca, laden with history and character, writhing to the pulse of an ever-changing surf industry."

From north to south, Newport's main surfing areas are: Santa Ana River Jetties, 56th Street, 36th Street, Blackies, the Point, the Wedge, and Corona del M...