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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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 Bidart - Pavillon Royal

France, Basque Country

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Get off the coastal road between Bidart and Biarritz at the campsite 'le pavillon royal'. short walk to the beach. parking is difficult in the summer.

English (Translate this text in English): Get off the coastal road between Bidart and Biarritz at the campsite 'le pavillon royal'. short walk to the beach. parking is difficult in the summer.

English (Translate this text in English): Get off the coastal road between Bidart and Biarritz at the campsite 'le pavillon royal'. short walk to the beach. parking is difficult in the summer.

English (Translate this text in English): Get off the coastal road between Bidart and Biarritz at the campsite 'le pavillon royal'. short walk to the beach. parking is difficult in the summer.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerOrdinary, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Nudist colony (France only!)

 Additional Information

From the campsite and you can check the surf while eating your breakfast.its an amzing site and a great place if ure a teengaer as there is lots of friendly teens to make friends with and go surfing and have campfires on the beach at sunset! There is a sandbar at the nude area of the beach where the beginners (and the weaver fish!) hang out!! Best time is just as the tide turns to high and you get the beastly shoredumpp!! clean waves and no witewash!! just careful of the rocks on the shoredump!!

English (Translate this text in English): From the campsite and you can check the surf while eating your breakfast.its an amzing site and a great place if ure a teengaer as there is lots of friendly teens to make friends with and go surfing and have campfires on the beach at sunset! There is a sandbar at the nude area of the beach where the beginners (and the weaver fish!) hang out!! Best time is just as the tide turns to high and you get the beastly shoredumpp!! clean waves and no witewash!! just careful of the rocks on the shoredump!!

English (Translate this text in English): From the campsite and you can check the surf while eating your breakfast.its an amzing site and a great place if ure a teengaer as there is lots of friendly teens to make friends with and go surfing and have campfires on the beach at sunset! There is a sandbar at the nude area of the beach where the beginners (and the weaver fish!) hang out!! Best time is just as the tide turns to high and you get the beastly shoredumpp!! clean waves and no witewash!! just careful of the rocks on the shoredump!!

English (Translate this text in English): From the campsite and you can check the surf while eating your breakfast.its an amzing site and a great place if ure a teengaer as there is lots of friendly teens to make friends with and go surfing and have campfires on the beach at sunset! There is a sandbar at the nude area of the beach where the beginners (and the weaver fish!) hang out!! Best time is just as the tide turns to high and you get the beastly shoredumpp!! clean waves and no witewash!! just careful of the rocks on the shoredump!!

Atmosphere

tourists and locals, not the best combination, although the locals are v.friendly and there are probably more holiday surfers than locals as its not a great surf break! quite messy in the summertime!!

English (Translate this text in English): tourists and locals, not the best combination, although the locals are v.friendly and there are probably more holiday surfers than locals as its not a great surf break! quite messy in the summertime!!

English (Translate this text in English): tourists and locals, not the best combination, although the locals are v.friendly and there are probably more holiday surfers than locals as its not a great surf break! quite messy in the summertime!!

English (Translate this text in English): tourists and locals, not the best combination, although the locals are v.friendly and there are probably more holiday surfers than locals as its not a great surf break! quite messy in the summertime!!

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By Christian , 21-11-2006

salut - well, i was there two times each for 2-3 weeks. so 6 weeks overall! i lived at pavillon royal. its expensive but very good! so.. in all the 6 weeks there were only 2 or 3 days which werent surfable! and i was always there in summer! during july and august. sometimes it became also big! may be 3meters! then, if its that high, many waves close out but there are still some surfable. i had 10 wonderful days there, with perfect glassy conditions, come here early in the morning to check the spot. if u go in the sunset, you will be nearly alone in the water, wonderful experience.

By Lee , 03-10-2006

Beach food stall - Forgot to ask if the stall on the beach still exists. There was a great girl with massive tits behind the counter. Shame she had an attitude, but maybe she's grown out of it (the attitude - not the tits, hopefully) by now?

By Matt , 07-06-2006

Family holiday - This spot must surely be a contender for one of the best family surf holiday destinations in the region. Whether you like surfing 'tackle-out' or in, you are sure to find some lovely right breaks. The water is great for tasting the digested spanish cuisine and the beach is a deformed stone's throw away from the Le Mutant, who is the main supplier of groceries in the region. The french are a passionate lot and there are many bushes along this stretch of the coast that will prove very educational for the children indeed! The area is very safe and the police will stop at nothing to make sure that nudity remains confined to the beaches. We had no problem with the locals... the local dogs that is. They proved worthwhile loyal companions who are keen to see the nearby campsites go their way. A tip from me, don't feed the dogs ice-cream.

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