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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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 La Torche

France, Brittany South

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Latitude: 47° 50.404' N
Longitude: 4° 20.979' W

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From the main city of Quimper (50 kilometers), follow the roadsigns to Pont l'abbé; Saint Guénolé and Penmarc'h (main road: D785). While approaching, look for Plomeur city. (Not PloEmeur ! This is 150 km away !).
At Plomeur center, follow roadsigns to La Torche point (or ask anyone, everybody knows where it is !). Once you get on the parking lot (a bar and a breton restaurant -called "crêperie"; where you eat local pancakes- on your left), walk on the right (North) side of the point : here it is.
On the left (South) side of the point, another spot, called Pors Carn.
Get there when it's (rarely) too big at La Torche, or big + too crowded.

English (Translate this text in English): From the main city of Quimper (50 kilometers), follow the roadsigns to Pont l'abbé; Saint Guénolé and Penmarc'h (main road: D785). While approaching, look for Plomeur city. (Not PloEmeur ! This is 150 km away !).<br />At Plomeur center, follow roadsigns to La Torche point (or ask anyone, everybody knows where it is !). Once you get on the parking lot (a bar and a breton restaurant -called &quot;crêperie&quot;; where you eat local pancakes- on your left), walk on the right (North) side of the point : here it is.<br />On the left (South) side of the point, another spot, called Pors Carn.<br />Get there when it's (rarely) too big at La Torche, or big + too crowded.

English (Translate this text in English): From the main city of Quimper (50 kilometers), follow the roadsigns to Pont l'abbé; Saint Guénolé and Penmarc'h (main road: D785). While approaching, look for Plomeur city. (Not PloEmeur ! This is 150 km away !).&lt;br &#47;&gt;At Plomeur center, follow roadsigns to La Torche point (or ask anyone, everybody knows where it is !). Once you get on the parking lot (a bar and a breton restaurant -called &amp;quot;crêperie&amp;quot;; where you eat local pancakes- on your left), walk on the right (North) side of the point : here it is.&lt;br &#47;&gt;On the left (South) side of the point, another spot, called Pors Carn.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Get there when it's (rarely) too big at La Torche, or big + too crowded.

English (Translate this text in English): From the main city of Quimper (50 kilometers), follow the roadsigns to Pont l'abbé; Saint Guénolé and Penmarc'h (main road: D785). While approaching, look for Plomeur city. (Not PloEmeur ! This is 150 km away !).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;At Plomeur center, follow roadsigns to La Torche point (or ask anyone, everybody knows where it is !). Once you get on the parking lot (a bar and a breton restaurant -called &amp;amp;quot;crêperie&amp;amp;quot;; where you eat local pancakes- on your left), walk on the right (North) side of the point : here it is.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;On the left (South) side of the point, another spot, called Pors Carn.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Get there when it's (rarely) too big at La Torche, or big + too crowded.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (&lt; 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Fun, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Localism

 Additional Information

Take time to LOOK AT THE SURF ZONE. Along the rocky point, from the beach to high sea, a STRONG CURRENT will bring you (and anything else floating) to the peak. All you have to do is float on your board and wait for the lift...this is why locals call this current "L'ascenceur" (the Lift).
When you want to get back to the beach, DO NOT paddle against this current : no matter how good you swim, it is stronger than you. Instead, go away from the point and let the waves push you ashore. (This is also what to do with a drifting and saltwater-swallowing swimmer, which happens all the time).
Waves break right and left, with shorter rights that end up in the current. On a good day, you can take off, surf a nice right, push yourself to reach the backwash and take a "second" wave with a little tube on the last section. GREAT ! Then, all you have to do is paddle 3 strokes into the Lift and do it all again. If you choose to go on a left, it could be a 300 yards ride to the beach. Then, you can avoid the long, very long paddle/duck dive/paddle toward the peak : just walk back to the point and let the Lift push you in the peak zone. Summertime : do not surf between the two blue flags, this is the swimmers-only zone; and anywhere you go in summer remember : 2 blue flags mean NO surf.
Thanks for the lifeguards.

English (Translate this text in English): Take time to LOOK AT THE SURF ZONE. Along the rocky point, from the beach to high sea, a STRONG CURRENT will bring you (and anything else floating) to the peak. All you have to do is float on your board and wait for the lift...this is why locals call this current &quot;L'ascenceur&quot; (the Lift).<br />When you want to get back to the beach, DO NOT paddle against this current : no matter how good you swim, it is stronger than you. Instead, go away from the point and let the waves push you ashore. (This is also what to do with a drifting and saltwater-swallowing swimmer, which happens all the time).<br />Waves break right and left, with shorter rights that end up in the current. On a good day, you can take off, surf a nice right, push yourself to reach the backwash and take a &quot;second&quot; wave with a little tube on the last section. GREAT ! Then, all you have to do is paddle 3 strokes into the Lift and do it all again. If you choose to go on a left, it could be a 300 yards ride to the beach. Then, you can avoid the long, very long paddle/duck dive/paddle toward the peak : just walk back to the point and let the Lift push you in the peak zone. Summertime : do not surf between the two blue flags, this is the swimmers-only zone; and anywhere you go in summer remember : 2 blue flags mean NO surf.<br />Thanks for the lifeguards.

English (Translate this text in English): Take time to LOOK AT THE SURF ZONE. Along the rocky point, from the beach to high sea, a STRONG CURRENT will bring you (and anything else floating) to the peak. All you have to do is float on your board and wait for the lift...this is why locals call this current &amp;quot;L'ascenceur&amp;quot; (the Lift).&lt;br &#47;&gt;When you want to get back to the beach, DO NOT paddle against this current : no matter how good you swim, it is stronger than you. Instead, go away from the point and let the waves push you ashore. (This is also what to do with a drifting and saltwater-swallowing swimmer, which happens all the time).&lt;br &#47;&gt;Waves break right and left, with shorter rights that end up in the current. On a good day, you can take off, surf a nice right, push yourself to reach the backwash and take a &amp;quot;second&amp;quot; wave with a little tube on the last section. GREAT ! Then, all you have to do is paddle 3 strokes into the Lift and do it all again. If you choose to go on a left, it could be a 300 yards ride to the beach. Then, you can avoid the long, very long paddle&#47;duck dive&#47;paddle toward the peak : just walk back to the point and let the Lift push you in the peak zone. Summertime : do not surf between the two blue flags, this is the swimmers-only zone; and anywhere you go in summer remember : 2 blue flags mean NO surf.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Thanks for the lifeguards.

English (Translate this text in English): Take time to LOOK AT THE SURF ZONE. Along the rocky point, from the beach to high sea, a STRONG CURRENT will bring you (and anything else floating) to the peak. All you have to do is float on your board and wait for the lift...this is why locals call this current &amp;amp;quot;L'ascenceur&amp;amp;quot; (the Lift).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;When you want to get back to the beach, DO NOT paddle against this current : no matter how good you swim, it is stronger than you. Instead, go away from the point and let the waves push you ashore. (This is also what to do with a drifting and saltwater-swallowing swimmer, which happens all the time).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Waves break right and left, with shorter rights that end up in the current. On a good day, you can take off, surf a nice right, push yourself to reach the backwash and take a &amp;amp;quot;second&amp;amp;quot; wave with a little tube on the last section. GREAT ! Then, all you have to do is paddle 3 strokes into the Lift and do it all again. If you choose to go on a left, it could be a 300 yards ride to the beach. Then, you can avoid the long, very long paddle&amp;#47;duck dive&amp;#47;paddle toward the peak : just walk back to the point and let the Lift push you in the peak zone. Summertime : do not surf between the two blue flags, this is the swimmers-only zone; and anywhere you go in summer remember : 2 blue flags mean NO surf.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Thanks for the lifeguards.

Atmosphere

This spot is a real regional classic...and local officials use it to attract sport-oriented tourists. Publicly known, the spot is CROWDED ! On sunny weekends or summers, you'll easily count 100 to 200 surfers, wave-skiers, body boarders, drifting swimmers and, now, "fly surfers".It is too much, of course for a 20 to 50 yards peak zone...All you have to do is to come OFF (french) HOLIDAYS and ON WEEKDAYS.
Though, it never gets really agressive and, thanks to the locals, this is a miracle. If you cannot come off holidays, watch and go for dawn high tides (5 or 6 A.M.). For a decent night life, take the first road on the right when leaving La Torche, at a night club called "A l'ouest". If you don't drink and drive, ask for a night club called "Le Kalao", near Quimper city.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is a real regional classic...and local officials use it to attract sport-oriented tourists. Publicly known, the spot is CROWDED ! On sunny weekends or summers, you'll easily count 100 to 200 surfers, wave-skiers, body boarders, drifting swimmers and, now, &quot;fly surfers&quot;.It is too much, of course for a 20 to 50 yards peak zone...All you have to do is to come OFF (french) HOLIDAYS and ON WEEKDAYS.<br />Though, it never gets really agressive and, thanks to the locals, this is a miracle. If you cannot come off holidays, watch and go for dawn high tides (5 or 6 A.M.). For a decent night life, take the first road on the right when leaving La Torche, at a night club called &quot;A l'ouest&quot;. If you don't drink and drive, ask for a night club called &quot;Le Kalao&quot;, near Quimper city.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is a real regional classic...and local officials use it to attract sport-oriented tourists. Publicly known, the spot is CROWDED ! On sunny weekends or summers, you'll easily count 100 to 200 surfers, wave-skiers, body boarders, drifting swimmers and, now, &amp;quot;fly surfers&amp;quot;.It is too much, of course for a 20 to 50 yards peak zone...All you have to do is to come OFF (french) HOLIDAYS and ON WEEKDAYS.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Though, it never gets really agressive and, thanks to the locals, this is a miracle. If you cannot come off holidays, watch and go for dawn high tides (5 or 6 A.M.). For a decent night life, take the first road on the right when leaving La Torche, at a night club called &amp;quot;A l'ouest&amp;quot;. If you don't drink and drive, ask for a night club called &amp;quot;Le Kalao&amp;quot;, near Quimper city.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is a real regional classic...and local officials use it to attract sport-oriented tourists. Publicly known, the spot is CROWDED ! On sunny weekends or summers, you'll easily count 100 to 200 surfers, wave-skiers, body boarders, drifting swimmers and, now, &amp;amp;quot;fly surfers&amp;amp;quot;.It is too much, of course for a 20 to 50 yards peak zone...All you have to do is to come OFF (french) HOLIDAYS and ON WEEKDAYS.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Though, it never gets really agressive and, thanks to the locals, this is a miracle. If you cannot come off holidays, watch and go for dawn high tides (5 or 6 A.M.). For a decent night life, take the first road on the right when leaving La Torche, at a night club called &amp;amp;quot;A l'ouest&amp;amp;quot;. If you don't drink and drive, ask for a night club called &amp;amp;quot;Le Kalao&amp;amp;quot;, near Quimper city.

General

The wave in itself is good and fun to surf, sometimes big and challenging. O.K.The problem as i said, is the CURRENT. Know how to use it before you go. Know that on most winter gales, it gets 8 knots of speed. (Yes : 8 knots !). I worked twice there as a lifeguard and, definitely, this is NOT A FAMILY-BEACH. Get there to surf, then go to Pors Carn (southward, at the other side of the point) to swim with family and friends. The safest place at Pors Carn is at the other side of the cove. (1 meter waves with 4 meters swell)
BONUS : La Torche point is the end of Audierne bay, the longest beach in Finistère... walk or take the car northward and turn left each time there is an access to shore : you will then discover that La Torche is not (thanks God!) the only spot around; and that the Landes do not have the only best beach breaks in France...
(Then, as in any beach break, watch for the local danger : the "baïnes") Nearly uncrowded, hard-to-paddle enough to keep beginners on shore...
See you there.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave in itself is good and fun to surf, sometimes big and challenging. O.K.The problem as i said, is the CURRENT. Know how to use it before you go. Know that on most winter gales, it gets 8 knots of speed. (Yes : 8 knots !). I worked twice there as a lifeguard and, definitely, this is NOT A FAMILY-BEACH. Get there to surf, then go to Pors Carn (southward, at the other side of the point) to swim with family and friends. The safest place at Pors Carn is at the other side of the cove. (1 meter waves with 4 meters swell)<br />BONUS : La Torche point is the end of Audierne bay, the longest beach in Finistère... walk or take the car northward and turn left each time there is an access to shore : you will then discover that La Torche is not (thanks God!) the only spot around; and that the Landes do not have the only best beach breaks in France...<br />(Then, as in any beach break, watch for the local danger : the &quot;baïnes&quot;) Nearly uncrowded, hard-to-paddle enough to keep beginners on shore...<br />See you there.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave in itself is good and fun to surf, sometimes big and challenging. O.K.The problem as i said, is the CURRENT. Know how to use it before you go. Know that on most winter gales, it gets 8 knots of speed. (Yes : 8 knots !). I worked twice there as a lifeguard and, definitely, this is NOT A FAMILY-BEACH. Get there to surf, then go to Pors Carn (southward, at the other side of the point) to swim with family and friends. The safest place at Pors Carn is at the other side of the cove. (1 meter waves with 4 meters swell)&lt;br &#47;&gt;BONUS : La Torche point is the end of Audierne bay, the longest beach in Finistère... walk or take the car northward and turn left each time there is an access to shore : you will then discover that La Torche is not (thanks God!) the only spot around; and that the Landes do not have the only best beach breaks in France...&lt;br &#47;&gt;(Then, as in any beach break, watch for the local danger : the &amp;quot;baïnes&amp;quot;) Nearly uncrowded, hard-to-paddle enough to keep beginners on shore...&lt;br &#47;&gt;See you there.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave in itself is good and fun to surf, sometimes big and challenging. O.K.The problem as i said, is the CURRENT. Know how to use it before you go. Know that on most winter gales, it gets 8 knots of speed. (Yes : 8 knots !). I worked twice there as a lifeguard and, definitely, this is NOT A FAMILY-BEACH. Get there to surf, then go to Pors Carn (southward, at the other side of the point) to swim with family and friends. The safest place at Pors Carn is at the other side of the cove. (1 meter waves with 4 meters swell)&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;BONUS : La Torche point is the end of Audierne bay, the longest beach in Finistère... walk or take the car northward and turn left each time there is an access to shore : you will then discover that La Torche is not (thanks God!) the only spot around; and that the Landes do not have the only best beach breaks in France...&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;(Then, as in any beach break, watch for the local danger : the &amp;amp;quot;baïnes&amp;amp;quot;) Nearly uncrowded, hard-to-paddle enough to keep beginners on shore...&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;See you there.

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La Torche
Por yann
27 oct 2011
Long waves - Nearly no one in the water and good waves at the very low tide. I got really fun waves to surf with 2 long ones (from the outside to the beach !) My best session in Britanny. and the right :   A good drop
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La Torche
Por yann
26 oct 2011
not bad - THe tide was high (coef 111 !) and waves were still rippable. The only problem was the crowd... I got some long waves but they were notvery hollow. just befoe a good reentry
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La Torche
Por yann
24 oct 2011
pretty solid - The swell was solid and long : I had some good hold downs. There were a lot of people and it was difficult to take some waves between the SUP and the longboards. me on a drop
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La Torche
Por Pisco23
9 jul 2011
grey and sloppy - crowded and poor mushy waves, with very short period and a bit all over the place.  Still, fun and better than a day in the office
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La Torche
Por Pisco23
4 jul 2011
glass - Beautiful late afternoon session, loads of people out, but by walking 200m up the beach found a spot with virtually no one out.  It was breaking a bit all over the place, and there was no wind - glassy and smooth.  In fact the only thing mi
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Viaje: annual week in brittany
Por Pisco23
De 3 jul 2011 a 8 jul 2011
staying with friends, sun, rain tarrot and some surfing
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Viaje: week in Brittany
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De 3 jul 2010 a 10 jul 2010
A week in beautiful Ile Tudy and some visits to la Torche
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By Anonymous , 22-02-2011

great spot - this is a great surf spot

By Anonymous , 03-02-2009

- I have been to this spot a few times and its probably one of the most consistant waves around. Well worth a visit but it can get crowded so try to do a few 'earlys' and you will miss the wind as well.
Ed

By Sidji , 29-02-2008

Comment 4 Anonymous - Why do we gather on the same section ?? Cause there is this current called Ascenceur taking you right up to the peak so i assume most are so lazy to paddle and also nevre underestimate gregary instinct !! kenavo

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