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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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 Baie des Trépassés

France, Brittany South

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 48° 2.868' N
Longitude: 4° 42.402' W

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From Quimper city, take direction Audierne (main road D784). Make the 1 hour drive and pass the Goyen river, let the small harbour of Audierne on your left and stay on the upward-going road D784, toward the "Pointe du Raz" (Raz point, which means Current Point in breton language).
Cross the small city of Plogoff and turn right after a hamlet called Kerherneau (road D607).
Stop at a pink hotel called "Hotel de la Baie": the parking lot is there and so is the spot.
Once on the beach, you have the Raz point on your left, the Van point on your right and Sein island just offshore(not even a mile away). Between the european continent and Sein island roll some of the most powerful currents of Northern hemisphere : 6.5 to 9 knots... if you come here by boat, make sure you use the tide to push you or have a POWERFUL motor: backward-going boats happen here too frequently and famous ocean- runners call this straight "the Horn of Brittany".
French marine chart of Sein straight is n°7147P.

English (Translate this text in English): From Quimper city, take direction Audierne (main road D784). Make the 1 hour drive and pass the Goyen river, let the small harbour of Audierne on your left and stay on the upward-going road D784, toward the &quot;Pointe du Raz&quot; (Raz point, which means Current Point in breton language).<br />Cross the small city of Plogoff and turn right after a hamlet called Kerherneau (road D607).<br />Stop at a pink hotel called &quot;Hotel de la Baie&quot;: the parking lot is there and so is the spot.<br />Once on the beach, you have the Raz point on your left, the Van point on your right and Sein island just offshore(not even a mile away). Between the european continent and Sein island roll some of the most powerful currents of Northern hemisphere : 6.5 to 9 knots... if you come here by boat, make sure you use the tide to push you or have a POWERFUL motor: backward-going boats happen here too frequently and famous ocean- runners call this straight &quot;the Horn of Brittany&quot;.<br />French marine chart of Sein straight is n°7147P.

English (Translate this text in English): From Quimper city, take direction Audierne (main road D784). Make the 1 hour drive and pass the Goyen river, let the small harbour of Audierne on your left and stay on the upward-going road D784, toward the &amp;quot;Pointe du Raz&amp;quot; (Raz point, which means Current Point in breton language).&lt;br &#47;&gt;Cross the small city of Plogoff and turn right after a hamlet called Kerherneau (road D607).&lt;br &#47;&gt;Stop at a pink hotel called &amp;quot;Hotel de la Baie&amp;quot;: the parking lot is there and so is the spot.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Once on the beach, you have the Raz point on your left, the Van point on your right and Sein island just offshore(not even a mile away). Between the european continent and Sein island roll some of the most powerful currents of Northern hemisphere : 6.5 to 9 knots... if you come here by boat, make sure you use the tide to push you or have a POWERFUL motor: backward-going boats happen here too frequently and famous ocean- runners call this straight &amp;quot;the Horn of Brittany&amp;quot;.&lt;br &#47;&gt;French marine chart of Sein straight is n°7147P.

English (Translate this text in English): From Quimper city, take direction Audierne (main road D784). Make the 1 hour drive and pass the Goyen river, let the small harbour of Audierne on your left and stay on the upward-going road D784, toward the &amp;amp;quot;Pointe du Raz&amp;amp;quot; (Raz point, which means Current Point in breton language).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Cross the small city of Plogoff and turn right after a hamlet called Kerherneau (road D607).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Stop at a pink hotel called &amp;amp;quot;Hotel de la Baie&amp;amp;quot;: the parking lot is there and so is the spot.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Once on the beach, you have the Raz point on your left, the Van point on your right and Sein island just offshore(not even a mile away). Between the european continent and Sein island roll some of the most powerful currents of Northern hemisphere : 6.5 to 9 knots... if you come here by boat, make sure you use the tide to push you or have a POWERFUL motor: backward-going boats happen here too frequently and famous ocean- runners call this straight &amp;amp;quot;the Horn of Brittany&amp;amp;quot;.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;French marine chart of Sein straight is n°7147P.

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

One of the most powerful and fastest waves of the whole Brittany region (and hollow if you add an offshore wind). Some of the HEAVIEST CURRENTS, too. Apart from that, the main danger of the place is a single big rock which could be underwater at high tide: it is about 50 meters before the cliff of Van point (North side).
The take off is the fastest part of the wave (except when it tubes): do not forget the wax !
One other tip : the name of the spot means Bay of Dead Men because the breton legend says that the Death (the Ankou) comes here by boat once a year to take the dead people toward the Other World.
...And french common-saying states: "Who sees Sein sees his end". Boating around here is not about yachting. See what i mean ?

I can add that Baie de Trepasse is very tubey at low tide and much
mellower at high tide. Something for everyone.

English (Translate this text in English): One of the most powerful and fastest waves of the whole Brittany region (and hollow if you add an offshore wind). Some of the HEAVIEST CURRENTS, too. Apart from that, the main danger of the place is a single big rock which could be underwater at high tide: it is about 50 meters before the cliff of Van point (North side).<br />The take off is the fastest part of the wave (except when it tubes): do not forget the wax !<br />One other tip : the name of the spot means Bay of Dead Men because the breton legend says that the Death (the Ankou) comes here by boat once a year to take the dead people toward the Other World.<br />...And french common-saying states: &quot;Who sees Sein sees his end&quot;. Boating around here is not about yachting. See what i mean ?<br /><br />I can add that Baie de Trepasse is very tubey at low tide and much<br />mellower at high tide. Something for everyone.

English (Translate this text in English): One of the most powerful and fastest waves of the whole Brittany region (and hollow if you add an offshore wind). Some of the HEAVIEST CURRENTS, too. Apart from that, the main danger of the place is a single big rock which could be underwater at high tide: it is about 50 meters before the cliff of Van point (North side).&lt;br &#47;&gt;The take off is the fastest part of the wave (except when it tubes): do not forget the wax !&lt;br &#47;&gt;One other tip : the name of the spot means Bay of Dead Men because the breton legend says that the Death (the Ankou) comes here by boat once a year to take the dead people toward the Other World.&lt;br &#47;&gt;...And french common-saying states: &amp;quot;Who sees Sein sees his end&amp;quot;. Boating around here is not about yachting. See what i mean ?&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;I can add that Baie de Trepasse is very tubey at low tide and much&lt;br &#47;&gt;mellower at high tide. Something for everyone.

English (Translate this text in English): One of the most powerful and fastest waves of the whole Brittany region (and hollow if you add an offshore wind). Some of the HEAVIEST CURRENTS, too. Apart from that, the main danger of the place is a single big rock which could be underwater at high tide: it is about 50 meters before the cliff of Van point (North side).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The take off is the fastest part of the wave (except when it tubes): do not forget the wax !&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;One other tip : the name of the spot means Bay of Dead Men because the breton legend says that the Death (the Ankou) comes here by boat once a year to take the dead people toward the Other World.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;...And french common-saying states: &amp;amp;quot;Who sees Sein sees his end&amp;amp;quot;. Boating around here is not about yachting. See what i mean ?&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;I can add that Baie de Trepasse is very tubey at low tide and much&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;mellower at high tide. Something for everyone.

Atmosphere

The place is known all around and it can get crowded, especially on weekends or holidays... and especially on smallest swells: all you have to do is wait for some no-beginners conditions.
2 meters swell is a good reference.
Thought, crowd remain really mellow most of the time: just don't snake the wrong person too many times...
If possible, come here during the weekdays and before the wind raises (morning).
Though, the place is pretty nice and you usually can see the sandbar under your feet when you're surfing a wave.

English (Translate this text in English): The place is known all around and it can get crowded, especially on weekends or holidays... and especially on smallest swells: all you have to do is wait for some no-beginners conditions.<br />2 meters swell is a good reference.<br />Thought, crowd remain really mellow most of the time: just don't snake the wrong person too many times...<br />If possible, come here during the weekdays and before the wind raises (morning).<br />Though, the place is pretty nice and you usually can see the sandbar under your feet when you're surfing a wave.

English (Translate this text in English): The place is known all around and it can get crowded, especially on weekends or holidays... and especially on smallest swells: all you have to do is wait for some no-beginners conditions.&lt;br &#47;&gt;2 meters swell is a good reference.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Thought, crowd remain really mellow most of the time: just don't snake the wrong person too many times...&lt;br &#47;&gt;If possible, come here during the weekdays and before the wind raises (morning).&lt;br &#47;&gt;Though, the place is pretty nice and you usually can see the sandbar under your feet when you're surfing a wave.

English (Translate this text in English): The place is known all around and it can get crowded, especially on weekends or holidays... and especially on smallest swells: all you have to do is wait for some no-beginners conditions.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;2 meters swell is a good reference.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Thought, crowd remain really mellow most of the time: just don't snake the wrong person too many times...&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If possible, come here during the weekdays and before the wind raises (morning).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Though, the place is pretty nice and you usually can see the sandbar under your feet when you're surfing a wave.

General

I worked at Audierne for 4 winter months and used to surf the Bay each morning: i sometimes got tubed in a windless fog where i could'nt see the beach from the peak... and i was alone.
Also, the only time in my life where i put on a helmet in the water was here, because i was (again) alone and the waves were 2.5 meters high.

English (Translate this text in English): I worked at Audierne for 4 winter months and used to surf the Bay each morning: i sometimes got tubed in a windless fog where i could'nt see the beach from the peak... and i was alone.<br />Also, the only time in my life where i put on a helmet in the water was here, because i was (again) alone and the waves were 2.5 meters high.

English (Translate this text in English): I worked at Audierne for 4 winter months and used to surf the Bay each morning: i sometimes got tubed in a windless fog where i could'nt see the beach from the peak... and i was alone.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Also, the only time in my life where i put on a helmet in the water was here, because i was (again) alone and the waves were 2.5 meters high.

English (Translate this text in English): I worked at Audierne for 4 winter months and used to surf the Bay each morning: i sometimes got tubed in a windless fog where i could'nt see the beach from the peak... and i was alone.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Also, the only time in my life where i put on a helmet in the water was here, because i was (again) alone and the waves were 2.5 meters high.

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Baie des Trépassés
By yann
Oct 29, 2014
Windy dead cove... - session with kids. I took some small punchy waves but it was mainly close out... I was fustrated...
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Baie des Trépassés
By yann
Oct 27, 2014
Punchy waves - I surfed with my kids. Waves were beautiful. The right looked very appealing but locals were there and it was very difficult to catch a weve. I got few ones and a very good right, hollow and long.  
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Baie des Trépassés
By yann
Oct 31, 2010
Fun ! - It was the only place which was working, I have driven through all the south to come back here... Nothing special but it was fun ! Video of surf on youtube  
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Baie des Trépassés
By yann
Oct 28, 2010
Better ! - Waves were better event the peaks were not well defined. A good session though me on a fun left
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Baie des Trépassés
By yann
Oct 27, 2010
Not very good - The wind was south and strong. La Baie was was the only place. I just caught small waves.
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Trip: Brittany 2008
By yann
From Oct 28, 2008 to Nov 4, 2008
The classic travel ! But this time, not much surf. The swell was north west to North which is bad for South Brittanny and the wind was North to North East but very strong.
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By Anonymous , 02-09-2008

Don't get much better. - Wednesday 27th August 08. Unbelievable!!! Looked mainly blown out due to an unforecast but annoying onshore, but double overhead sets on the rocks delivered probably the best sponging session for 3 years. A totally mental stacked up right-hander just at and around high tide. Man, lost for words, Sucky sections, barrels, tricks to die for. Aerials on just about every ride. Truly magnifique. The french bodyboarding mag was filming two word class spongers and I just helped myself. Stunning location. Stunning bay. Awesome lefts. Oh yes!

By Anonymous , 12-09-2007

Merci - Just had a summer month 'doing' the whole of Britanny. Surfing's certainly taking off, but it's still far less crowded than the Biscay spots and the South West UK which has gone mental with idiots on thrusters who can't surf. Anyway, over a three week period around the Bay d'Audierne in late August, this was by far the most consistent spot. Great sponging waves from low tide reared-up beachies to a formidable right hand shorey on the right of the bay at high tide (just watch for rocks). A bit like a mini version of Watergate in Cornwall, if there's a ripple, this place will pick it up. Get in early (or late) to beat the smallish crowds, but well worth the trek out west. Magnifique.

By G , 26-12-2006

be careful - good waves but when the swell is big, be careful, some sections are very powerful and it is difficult to access behind the wave.

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