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Latitude: 43° 25.731' N
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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
Alternative name Guethary
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
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
Week crowdFew surfers
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.
Better with a longboard on small to medium swells. You will need a gun on big and huge swells.
A classic perfect powerful wave at 3m+ from mid to low tide.
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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