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The spot is situated along the reef of grand-fond in St gilles, in betwen les aigrettes and 3roches, tip : follow the "rue des sables", until you get to a path whitch leads to the beach, two big rocks in middle of the path avoid cars to go threw, along the path, there's a wall covered with good tags.This is a semi-secret spot, but lots of people from the place know it.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Hard to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movement
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
To actually get to the wave, you have to paddle in the water with very shallow of water,you'd better walk a bit instead of breaking your board. Beware of urchins.
It's not a good wave for beginners. It's quite short and powerful and the access is tricky with a coral barrier to pass. Be careful with the current when the tide is high, on the right side of the spot (when looking at the water) it makes a circle pushing you right and then back into the lagoon where the water is extremely shallow. You need to make sure you enter in front of the left wave. When the tide is low you are better off walking all the way to the barrier but be careful of urchins.
When it gets big (above 2m-2.5m.) it's not surfable anymore because the wave breaks in 1 block.
In general it's not as good as L'hermitage or Saint-Leu. The only interest is that it's not very crowded even on the week-end but the wave is rarely long enough.
By Alc O'holic , 30-08-2008
Don't drink & surf; it's dangerous 2! - Shhh! Be very, very quiet!! We're trying to keep this spot a secret!!!
By Al Cohol Sr. , 08-12-2006
more translation help - Here is what alot of these says translated in for ingles:"During the vacation it I saw perfect perroquet, and I classify it henceforth in the most beautiful waves of the world man. Ca begins far, offering a perfect tube during a long time impossible to do to confine itself. This is by big houle ^deSud but really South that it is perfect with a good north wind what's more this is denies"
By Al Cohol , 08-12-2006
translation help - for those that dont speak french, here is what the caption for picture 1 says: "vague pretty but, it is necessary connaitre a minimum the spot for this is a little dangerous"
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