On June 14, 1925, a chubasco–an unexpected swift and violent squall, shocking in its violence and strength–came barreling through Southern California. The Newport Beach harbor entrance was swollen and badgered by unrelenting big swells, growing to 20 and 30 feet. The troublesome and unseen sandbars were shifting. Unable to ride out the storm, The Thelma, a 40-foot sport fishing boat, made an attempt to enter the harbor.
It is hard to believe, but at one time, Newport Beach was a rough and tumble town, struggling to call itself an actual port. In 1925, the Newport harbor entrance was very dangerous to ship and sail. On the bright side, it also offered the “best surfing in the world,” according to global surfers of the time.