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Girl surfin 2 France on July« on: December 05 2005 22:12:00 »
I am having a trip to Holland on July-Sept and planning of having a visit to France. I'm a pre-intermediate surfer living in West-Sumatra, Indo. I'd like to know any valuable info - spots, swell, stories of surfing in France and camps to stay. Look to hearing from y'all.
RE: Girl surfin 2 France on July« Reply #1 on: February 06 2006 10:02:00 »
Hi Terima !
You probably know september and october are the two very best months to come check the surf here. This is the season during which the swell comes back on the west coast. There the surf often happens to be very clean, mainly in the mornings, as eastern winds are constant. Usually (every day in the summer), the wind turns to the north or north-west in the middle of the day. So you'll figure out the thing to manage is not to go to bed to late, despite the summer intense night life, so you get to be in the water early ! Though, automn (sept-oct) happens to see some all-day off-shore winds ;o))
Between june and late august, the waves almost never get head-high, and spots are often crowded... as well as campings and hotels... try and anticipate the place where you'll stay, or stay in your car !
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RE: Girl surfin 2 France on July« Reply #2 on: February 06 2006 10:02:00 »
...There are a lot of camp sites close to the coasts, from brittany to the spanish frontier, so in automn, i'd advice you to change of location every 2 days, so you can experience several spots and small towns... Don't forget there are sweet places to surf above the better known "Landes". Saint-Palais, Ré and Oléron islands, Préfailles, the Quiberon peninsula's wild coast, the Pointe du Raz's peninsula and Saint Tugen...Northern brittany hides many reefs, but most of them are secret and remote... you'd probably waste time looking for them but that might be exciting...
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RE: Girl surfin 2 France on July« Reply #3 on: February 06 2006 10:02:00 »
Above, go to Le Rozel or Siouville close to Cherbourg... It's less powerfull and hollow, but it happens to be as clean and fun. You could also check the british islands of Jersey and Guernesy, which both have waves. I've never been there yet. Further east, your chances to get really sizable waves seriously decrease. But they happen.. The tide factor is really important in France (except on the mediteranean sea), and depending on spots, it can be unsurfable at one tide and unbelievably perfect at the other. Besides, an integral wetsuit will be ok all year long, even if a shorty would also be ok in the summer, depending on how long you wanna stay in the water. Any question join me at firstname.lastname@example.org Have a good trip ! Sam.