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Trip: Tour de France 2009

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Sunday June 21 2009 06:18:44 PM

Date: from May 8, 2009 to May 26, 2009

Surf trip description:
I named our first 2009 trip "Tour de France" according to the roads we drove.

Modified: Sunday June 21 2009 06:42:58 PM
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Session: Late but ok

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Thursday May 21 2009 07:45:00 PM

Surf spot: Grand Crohot, France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Nb waves ridden: 10

Length of the surf session: 2 min

Surfboard ridden: Mini-Mal 6.11

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: Sunny 29°C, Water 16°C

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Ordinary

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

The low tide dominated the whole day but the evenig brought a couple of waves at mid to high tide. It worked for one hour until high tide prevented the waves from breaking.

Buddies:

Created: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:46:31 PM

Modified: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:56:33 PM

Hits: 1007

Session: As usual

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Wednesday May 20 2009 12:00:00 PM

Surf spot: Biscarrosse, France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Light

Waves height: Less than 1m / 3ft

Waves Quality:
- Mushy

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

Biscarosse never hat very epic surf, but this time it was even worse...

Buddies:

Created: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:15:02 PM

Modified: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:23:05 PM

Hits: 1279

Session: Slowly calming down

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Tuesday May 19 2009 11:00:00 AM

Surf spot: La Lette Blanche, France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 3

Length of the surf session: 2 min

Surfboard ridden: Mini-Mal 6,11

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: Sunny 25°C, Water 16°C

Waves height: 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft

Waves Quality:
- Powerful

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

Since the waves have been to heavy for me the day before at Messanges, it slowly calmed down at St.Girons, but it was also a next to nothing session 'cause strong currents were pulling us out of the takeoff zone. It was more a paddle competition than a surf session.

Buddies:

Created: Tuesday June 30 2009 03:07:13 PM

Modified: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:23:30 PM

Hits: 1536

Session: Tough Boys

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Monday May 18 2009 06:30:00 PM

Surf spot: Messanges, France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Weather and water temp: Thunderstorms,25°C,Water 16°C

Waves height: 3m-3.5m / 10ft-12ft

Waves Quality:
- Powerful

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

 Over night the waveless sea turned into a soupbowl! A warm front passed the coastline and thunderstorms all night long pushed the waves up to a dangerous level. Only 3 locals made the way out but couldn'd catch a wave.

Buddies:

Created: Tuesday June 30 2009 02:59:03 PM

Modified: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:42:24 PM

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Session: Flat spells

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Sunday May 17 2009 10:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Vieux Boucau (north beach), France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Weather and water temp: Sunny 25°C, Water 16°C

Waves height: Less than 1m / 3ft

Waves Quality:
- Mushy

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

After a couple of days with small swell it calmed down more and more and leaded to what I call a "flat spell" - f**k! 

Buddies:

Created: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:21:53 PM

Modified: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:40:00 PM

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Session: Beach break

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Friday May 15 2009 11:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Ondres-Plage, France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: 4

Length of the surf session: 1 min

Surfboard ridden: Hybrid 6.9

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: Sunny 28°C, Water 17°C

Waves height: 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft

Waves Quality:
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- Close out

Description:

Ondres is a typical beach break with extreme shorebreak when low tide coefficient is small. To snap a board is very easy done there. According to this I had ben very defensive in the break.

Buddies:

Created: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:37:18 PM

Modified: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:37:18 PM

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Session: Bad south wind

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Thursday May 14 2009 02:30:00 PM

Surf spot: Hendaye, France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind Strength: Established

Weather and water temp: Gloudy 22°C, Water 16°C

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Ordinary

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks
- Close out

Description:

Hendaye is a goos spot when the other breaks are too high or bumpy. Unfortunately the wind came sideshore fm south so it was closing out. Boogie boarders and tourists tried to smash their boards and bodies. Nothing for me....

Buddies:

Created: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:29:06 PM

Modified: Tuesday June 30 2009 07:29:06 PM

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Session: Barriers in the heads

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Wednesday May 13 2009 11:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Anglet Les Cavaliers, France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Weather and water temp: Sunny 23°C, Water 15°C

Waves height: Less than 1m / 3ft

Waves Quality:
- Mushy

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

We came to Les Cavaliers and got shocked: 2mtr barriers at the parking, only the small central lot (around 30 places) free for higher vans. All the other lots reserved for tourists. Instead of giving tickets to drivers of "houses on wheels" who are blocking 3 to 4 lots with their swanky campervans they debarred all others with higher cars, too. The waves matched to this: POOR.

Good Bye Anglet.  

Buddies:

Created: Monday June 22 2009 11:00:15 PM

Modified: Monday June 22 2009 11:00:15 PM

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Session: Last minute take off

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Tuesday May 12 2009 03:45:00 PM

Surf spot: Anglet - Marinella, France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 4

Length of the surf session: 0.5 min

Surfboard ridden: Hybrid 6.9

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: Sunny 21°C, Water 15°C

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Soft

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

We left the windy Med at monday morning and drove all along the picturesque snowy Pyrenees. Unfortunately I forgot to check the tide table so we came to the Basque coast just half an hour before the tide was too high to provide rideable waves. Boards down  in a hurry and into the blue...after a couple of minutes it was finished.

Buddies:

Created: Sunday June 21 2009 06:54:31 PM

Modified: Sunday June 21 2009 06:54:31 PM

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Session: Stormy Sunday

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Sunday May 10 2009 11:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Gruissan Plage, France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Strong

Nb waves ridden: 5

Length of the surf session: 1 min

Surfboard ridden: Mini-Mal 6.11

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: Clouds/Rainy Water 14°C

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Mushy

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

Strong east wind brought waves but conditions were not worth to get wet. 

Buddies:

Created: Sunday June 21 2009 06:25:21 PM

Modified: Sunday June 21 2009 06:25:21 PM

Hits: 1513

Session: Crappy barrier

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Saturday May 9 2009 06:00:00 PM

Surf spot: Les Ayguades, France

Surf Trip: Tour de France 2009 ( 08 May 2009 - 26 May 2009)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Very strong

Weather and water temp: Sund/Clauds, Water 14°C

Waves height: Less than 1m / 3ft

Waves Quality:
- Mushy

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

First spot we cheched out after arriving at the coast. 15 hours trip and then this: A very strong blasting east (onshore) wind destroyed all the small waves only leaving foam all around the place. To make things even worse some fools from city council rised a crappy 2 meter barrier at the entry of the parking place. Good bye!

Buddies:

Created: Sunday June 21 2009 06:34:59 PM

Modified: Sunday June 21 2009 06:42:58 PM

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