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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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 Hendaye

France, Basque Country

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Latitude: 43° 22.69' N
Longitude: 1° 45.778' W

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Drive into Hendaye on the main street running next to the wall and the whole bay has peaks along its length. Also a bigger right-hander at the north end of the bay, breaking off the big rocks some way out. Needs to be head-high swell for SW France before this sheltered bay gets working. In storm surf it can be the only place in the area for mere mortals. Not an epic wave but definitely an option.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive into Hendaye on the main street running next to the wall and the whole bay has peaks along its length. Also a bigger right-hander at the north end of the bay, breaking off the big rocks some way out. Needs to be head-high swell for SW France before this sheltered bay gets working. In storm surf it can be the only place in the area for mere mortals. Not an epic wave but definitely an option.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive into Hendaye on the main street running next to the wall and the whole bay has peaks along its length. Also a bigger right-hander at the north end of the bay, breaking off the big rocks some way out. Needs to be head-high swell for SW France before this sheltered bay gets working. In storm surf it can be the only place in the area for mere mortals. Not an epic wave but definitely an option.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive into Hendaye on the main street running next to the wall and the whole bay has peaks along its length. Also a bigger right-hander at the north end of the bay, breaking off the big rocks some way out. Needs to be head-high swell for SW France before this sheltered bay gets working. In storm surf it can be the only place in the area for mere mortals. Not an epic wave but definitely an option.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

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Public access?Public access

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 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 lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

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

 Additional Information

Can be a good sand bar in the middle of the bay at mid tide. Really only works when it's overhead at Hossegor for example. Surprisingly heavy shorey. Will become ultra-crowded when it's too big elsewhere. Good for beginners. More and smaller waves are guaranteed here and its a long beach so plenty of room for everyone. It is more protected from winds than the ohter beaches. Get there early during French holidays as no-one gets up till afternoon then its a nightmare to find anywhere to park if you can even get to the town! Other times plenty of room

English (Translate this text in English): Can be a good sand bar in the middle of the bay at mid tide. Really only works when it's overhead at Hossegor for example. Surprisingly heavy shorey. Will become ultra-crowded when it's too big elsewhere. Good for beginners. More and smaller waves are guaranteed here and its a long beach so plenty of room for everyone. It is more protected from winds than the ohter beaches. Get there early during French holidays as no-one gets up till afternoon then its a nightmare to find anywhere to park if you can even get to the town! Other times plenty of room

English (Translate this text in English): Can be a good sand bar in the middle of the bay at mid tide. Really only works when it's overhead at Hossegor for example. Surprisingly heavy shorey. Will become ultra-crowded when it's too big elsewhere. Good for beginners. More and smaller waves are guaranteed here and its a long beach so plenty of room for everyone. It is more protected from winds than the ohter beaches. Get there early during French holidays as no-one gets up till afternoon then its a nightmare to find anywhere to park if you can even get to the town! Other times plenty of room

English (Translate this text in English): Can be a good sand bar in the middle of the bay at mid tide. Really only works when it's overhead at Hossegor for example. Surprisingly heavy shorey. Will become ultra-crowded when it's too big elsewhere. Good for beginners. More and smaller waves are guaranteed here and its a long beach so plenty of room for everyone. It is more protected from winds than the ohter beaches. Get there early during French holidays as no-one gets up till afternoon then its a nightmare to find anywhere to park if you can even get to the town! Other times plenty of room

Atmosphere

I found some of the locals pretty vocal. Cos it's close to a big-ish town many people surf here rather than drive 45 mins or so north to the better basque breaks. Plenty of travelling camper-van types. Plenty of drop-ins as the quality of surfer there is lower than other basque spots. Can be good when the sand-bars produce clean, peeling A-frames. Lots of local groms getting slammed in the shorey.

English (Translate this text in English): I found some of the locals pretty vocal. Cos it's close to a big-ish town many people surf here rather than drive 45 mins or so north to the better basque breaks. Plenty of travelling camper-van types. Plenty of drop-ins as the quality of surfer there is lower than other basque spots. Can be good when the sand-bars produce clean, peeling A-frames. Lots of local groms getting slammed in the shorey.

English (Translate this text in English): I found some of the locals pretty vocal. Cos it's close to a big-ish town many people surf here rather than drive 45 mins or so north to the better basque breaks. Plenty of travelling camper-van types. Plenty of drop-ins as the quality of surfer there is lower than other basque spots. Can be good when the sand-bars produce clean, peeling A-frames. Lots of local groms getting slammed in the shorey.

English (Translate this text in English): I found some of the locals pretty vocal. Cos it's close to a big-ish town many people surf here rather than drive 45 mins or so north to the better basque breaks. Plenty of travelling camper-van types. Plenty of drop-ins as the quality of surfer there is lower than other basque spots. Can be good when the sand-bars produce clean, peeling A-frames. Lots of local groms getting slammed in the shorey.

General

It's OK, but if the rest of the basque coast is rideable, go elsewhere first! Great for beginners, loads of places to hire stuff right on front

English (Translate this text in English): It's OK, but if the rest of the basque coast is rideable, go elsewhere first! Great for beginners, loads of places to hire stuff right on front

English (Translate this text in English): It's OK, but if the rest of the basque coast is rideable, go elsewhere first! Great for beginners, loads of places to hire stuff right on front

English (Translate this text in English): It's OK, but if the rest of the basque coast is rideable, go elsewhere first! Great for beginners, loads of places to hire stuff right on front

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yann avatar
Hendaye
By yann
Jun 13, 2011
With the kids - Bad waves but I was with the kids. A fun session.
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herwig avatar
Hendaye
By herwig
Jul 2, 2010
School Conference - Back from the spanish part of the Basque country to Hendaye on a small day. Surf schools all along the break, seems to be a conference of all surf instructors within a radius of 100 kms. We had to give more attension on not to kill a kook
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Hendaye
By kiriko
Apr 4, 2010
espejismos - Sesion guarrilla. Playa multipicos con olas q parecia q iban a romper pero q no rompian nunca. Solo la orillera tenia fuerza aunque cerraba. Ideal para principiantes para sacar los primeros take off ya q todo el mundo esta aprendiendo.Suerte a todos!
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Hendaye
By herwig
May 14, 2009
Bad south wind - 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....
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Hendaye
By RegnierGomes
Aug 27, 2008
Frustration -
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Trip: Gateau Basque
By herwig
From Jun 18, 2010 to Jul 6, 2010
From Bayonne to Bilbao and back again we had very different weeks. First there was a good swell but 3-4bf wind from north direction botched the lineup, then there was next to no wind but with the wind the swell disappeared, too. Finally we hat 3 mete
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Trip: Tour de France 2009
By herwig
From May 8, 2009 to May 26, 2009
I named our first 2009 trip "Tour de France" according to the roads we drove.
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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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By NIC64 , 26-06-2006

Aupa Hendaia - Good place to surf when everything on the cost is soaked.Works well at dusk because of a nice on shore breeze, This makes a quick and tubular wave at any size in summer time.Lots of spanish guys and locals.

By anonymous , 06-09-2005

- Hendaia? a nice place to live and you can surf almost all year long...

By Smokie Bay Surf Club , 06-07-2005

ON DIE EEEEEEE (correct pronunciation) - *bad *****excellentPollution ****Waves * (er bigger waves in my bath tub)Baguettes * (bingo and chicken wing central)Night life * (as I said bingo and chicken wing central)Surf Shops *** (reasonable shops offering lessons, tad pricey)Camping ** (Mr Jerry Attrick is in town, oh yeah, where´s your teeth gone..)

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