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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Guethary-Parlementia

France, Basque Country

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 43° 25.731' N
Longitude: 1° 36.571' W

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Got to the harbour of Guethary : the wave is on your right.

English (Translate this text in English): Got to the harbour of Guethary : the wave is on your right.

English (Translate this text in English): Got to the harbour of Guethary : the wave is on your right.

English (Translate this text in English): Got to the harbour of Guethary : the wave is on your right.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomFlat rocks

PowerPowerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

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 Additional Information

Attention : it's one of the french big waves surf spots. It holds up to 5m and sometimes more! The wave is not hollow but don't underestimate it: it's very powerful. You can ride the left but it's dangerous when the swell is big and you'll eat the sand. The inside produces good and hollow waves. Take a low profile for 2 reasons: locals are better than you and the wave is stronger than you. The left ends up in the impact zone. Enjoy!
CAUTION : When big, beware of the strong currents. Experienced big wave riders only.

English (Translate this text in English): Attention : it's one of the french big waves surf spots. It holds up to 5m and sometimes more! The wave is not hollow but don't underestimate it: it's very powerful. You can ride the left but it's dangerous when the swell is big and you'll eat the sand. The inside produces good and hollow waves. Take a low profile for 2 reasons: locals are better than you and the wave is stronger than you. The left ends up in the impact zone. Enjoy!<br />CAUTION : When big, beware of the strong currents. Experienced big wave riders only.

English (Translate this text in English): Attention : it's one of the french big waves surf spots. It holds up to 5m and sometimes more! The wave is not hollow but don't underestimate it: it's very powerful. You can ride the left but it's dangerous when the swell is big and you'll eat the sand. The inside produces good and hollow waves. Take a low profile for 2 reasons: locals are better than you and the wave is stronger than you. The left ends up in the impact zone. Enjoy!&lt;br &#47;&gt;CAUTION : When big, beware of the strong currents. Experienced big wave riders only.

English (Translate this text in English): Attention : it's one of the french big waves surf spots. It holds up to 5m and sometimes more! The wave is not hollow but don't underestimate it: it's very powerful. You can ride the left but it's dangerous when the swell is big and you'll eat the sand. The inside produces good and hollow waves. Take a low profile for 2 reasons: locals are better than you and the wave is stronger than you. The left ends up in the impact zone. Enjoy!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;CAUTION : When big, beware of the strong currents. Experienced big wave riders only.

Atmosphere

Better with a longboard on small to medium swells. You will need a gun on big and huge swells.

English (Translate this text in English): Better with a longboard on small to medium swells. You will need a gun on big and huge swells.

English (Translate this text in English): Better with a longboard on small to medium swells. You will need a gun on big and huge swells.

English (Translate this text in English): Better with a longboard on small to medium swells. You will need a gun on big and huge swells.

General

A classic perfect powerful wave at 3m+ from mid to low tide.

English (Translate this text in English): A classic perfect powerful wave at 3m+ from mid to low tide.

English (Translate this text in English): A classic perfect powerful wave at 3m+ from mid to low tide.

English (Translate this text in English): A classic perfect powerful wave at 3m+ from mid to low tide.

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Guethary-Parlementia
By Chicken dancer
Jun 25, 2007
Avalanche - I paddled out from the lifeguard hut on the beach. It was a fair distance offshore, and me and the camel ferral looked in anticipation as the wave picked up from nothing. There were maybe 4 guys out, all of which had longer boards.  (TBC)
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Trip: Paesi Baschi (ES)-(F)
By skan
From Sep 25, 2006 to Oct 1, 2006
Primo viaggio e prima esperienza di Surf
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Trip: Basque country with Camel Ferral
By Chicken dancer
From Jun 24, 2005 to Jul 2, 2005
The trip started out with the camel ferral stoned again after his morning hit from the bong. He hadnt packed his stuff yet, and still needed to cover his boards in bubble wrap for the inevitable mishandling of the twats at cheap flight baggage hand
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By Mel (M) , 30-01-2008

Locals of Guethary - During a surf/birthday trip with my boy in October 2003 we got to surf here in morning glass 2 metre waves. The standouts were some local 'senior-citizen' longboarder (with a peaked neoprene cap) & a blonde 'Amazon" surf-goddess. They caught almost ALL the waves skillfully, fearlessly & HAPPILY! They were friendly & MODEST. We`ll never forget that session!We`ll never forget them! Aloha!

By tonio , 03-05-2007

- Wiping out a good day at guethary will give you a great experience: being an old dirty clothe in a good washing machine!

By Emmanuel J&M shaper , 27-11-2006

Why? - This afternoon a surfer around 40 was punched by a "local" in the parking close to avalanche.Local idiot was screamin' to everybody nearby tellin' tourist "go to biarritz",etc and insulting everybody arround that were looking a pretty sunday session with 10ft sets.I surfed the wave occasionaly never had a problem but things like this are really worrying, the right arm tattoed guy with a VW Golf II red called himself local will not be welcomed anymo' at any other beach around,be sure.Hope see you soon away home.

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