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Latitude: 48° 16.477' N
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The main city close to this spot is the coastal city of Camaret; from there take direction "pointe du Touliguet". There's only one road to get there and from atop the hill, the view is absolutely fabulous. The spot of Pen had is the cove on your left.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionNorth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionMid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
- Rips / undertow
Once you have parked the car, have a look before you go. Check the currents (local danger, as in any beachbreak, is the "baïnes"). CURRENTS can be STRONG and LIFE THREATENING, even for no particular reason. Drown people occur nearly each year and just a few years ago, it was kind of a taboo beach : too vicious. If possible, come here in the morning of a weekday and it will be all for yourself.
The place is BEAUTIFUL, just end the entry/exit of the Brest bay (secondth biggest bay in the world after Rio de Janeiro) and the fact is, even if the waves look nice and not too big...be aware that one of them, periodically, will take your board of your hands while duckdiving. Then, you will say to yourself : Wow... It's not strange, it's just like that : the waves at Pen had are like a lady : beautiful and styled but stronger than you. POSSIBLY DANGEROUS. Stay with your kids if they want to surf or swim (even in shallow waters).
We all know that a surf session at Pen had is the best thing we can do together. In this place lie our hearts. Don't bring more than five friends, thank you for the others !
By Yannick Yellow Board , 16-08-2007
300 surfers for Pen Had ! (august 2007) - in french :
The local council may decide to forbid surfing at Pen Had because it is supposed to bring beach-goers and swimmers, against all the postsigns warning of dangerous currents and 'Swimming forbidden'.
We want rescue stations in this area, we want swimmers alive and the right to surf !
JOIN US IF WE NEED TO GATHER 300 SURFERS on the beach, should the council decide to forbid surfing.
By anonymous , 18-01-2004
?? - never had a problem with locals in Pen had.... yannick yellow board and others "locals" may need to plunge their head in a ice bucket !! go surf and forget each other...
By anonymous , 06-01-2002
BAD - Bill:Locals are crazy there and just drop on your skull.In addition dozens of boards have been smashed into the rocks.This spot should be avoided since there are so many others in Brittany.
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