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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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 Corsica

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By Anonymous , 30-08-2010

Blake - Hi there im gona be in Corsica for the next few days if there is anybody that can help me out with finding a board I would be ost grateful.
Cheers BLAKE

By Gio , 15-07-2009

renting a surf board - hi there!

thank god starting from friday i'll be in crosica. I'd like to surf but i cannot bring my board. Does anybody know where i can rent a board in Corsica?

grazie!

Giorgio

By lisa@kremersigns.co.uk , 19-07-2004

help ! - My parter and I are thinking about traveling to Corsica
in sept. My partner is the surfer and we are looking for us both to be happy on hols.

He wants to surf only been doing it a year and half.

can you give me some advise on hire shops ?
Where is the best place to stay ?
thanks.

By mfcmarshall@aol.com , 06-09-2003

gday - If there are any Oz or english speaking surfers passing through,don't hesitate to give me a word.I can fill you in on anything you need to know.I have been living here for the last 10 years and we do get some pretty damn good waves every now and then.

By mediterraneansurfer@hotmail.com , 05-01-2002

www.mediterraneansurfer.com - all you need to surf in this sea:webcams , meteorology...

By Yannick Yellow board , 25-09-2000

General info on Corsica. - DO NOT come in Corsica in summer months (july + august) : tourists invade the island and split up more than half its beauty.
September is good, as real locals begin to breathe again.
Temperatures are HOT in summer (35 to 40°C) but decrease as you get high in altitude.
Except in real-mountain zones (winter sports stations), winter never gets below 15°C air and water.
To make it short : avoid july and august months, because of the tourists and the killing temperatures.
September is good, as well as spring season.

If you take a look at a nautical chart of Corsica island, you will notice the difference of underwater ground levels
between the West and East coast. West side has a more accute wave-building shape, with the bottom lines closer
to the sea shore : that means more powerful waves and (thanks god !) surfable waves.
As far as i can tell, the whole East coast of the island must only (if any) have 3 or 4 rideable waves.

BUT, you will also notice that this island is litteraly ridden with mountains. Limit between ground and sea is often
a giant cliff with no hope of finding a slow, more or less flat bottom between the two...Flat bottom that any swell
must meet to break in a surfable wave. Check the eventual reefs that could look like a point break or beaches that
could look like a beach break; then come when there is some swell (after a sea-born gale or, for the West coast :
check the low pressure systems on the East coast of Spain or on the Baléares islands or down South, on the North Africa zone).

The good thing with Mediterannea is that once you've found a wave, it will break each time there is a swell, constantly, day and night and day and night.
Remember there are NO TIDES here...during a swell the only possible blow up factor is the wind that can turn onshore on
hot days, from around 2 in the afternoon.

Apart from that, there's not much DANGERS to notice, except for the lone rocks/coral reefs at sea (offshore or just some
meters away from seashore) : the best way to see them is to get a (serious) nautical chart, which is also what you
MUST do if you sail around (and in that case, stay well aware of the weather). Sudden gales/seastorms are as destructive as unpredictable.
To make it short, wether you sail or you trek/drive in the "moutain countryside" : take some equipment to overcome a sudden storm.

If you get on the island to explore it (for the surf or not), you will NEED A CAR ! Two examples : from nearly any hamlet to any other, you have to get through a moutain and moutain roads.
Plus... there's 139 kilometers from Ajaccio to Bonifacio (South point) but that's a 2 and a half hour drive on serious moutain roads...
Rent a powerful car (a 4x4 if you intend to get wild) or, with your own : CHECK THE CAR BEFORE YOU GO. Brakes, especially.
Get used to park and let the others pass you as soon as there's 1 car following you.
BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU OVERDIVE OTHERS ! (Repeat after me : "i must not drive on mountain roads as i drive on the flat, usual highway")
Max speed legally is 90 kilometers per hour but real speed is 60 or less : that's not a shame, that's part of the travel.

Ethnologically speaking...corsican people are very autonomous ones (they must be so because of their island's geography) : that makes a political
statement for the National Corsican Liberation Front (F.L.N.C.) and some others autonomists parties.
If you insist on talking politics, know what you're talking about.
Also, the latin/christian heritage makes that, out of the beach, you will not see any man chest-naked. Do as well.
For the ladies : you're still in France, though, and chest sun-bathing is allowed on any beach. Maybe just check you're not the only one taking off the "upper bikini"...
Enough said.

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