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Latitude: 44° 54.731' N
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Look at the Regional Map, the spot is indicated on the right of the map.From Bordeaux, take the exit nb 26 to Libourne. After around 20 Km, take the exit nb 7 and go to the North to the village of Saint Pardon. Park your car and go in the water at the harbour. The river is "La Dordogne".
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthExceptional (>500m)
Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)
Good swell directionWest
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 1m+ / 3ft+
Best tide positionLow tide only
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdUltra crowded
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
It's a tidal bore called "Mascaret" which can be 2 km long !!! try it! It's work at each big tide (coefficient more than 95). it's better if it hasn't rain for a long time because the river is lower. So the best season is during September. You must know precisely the time of the change of the tide. Take your biggest board: you'll have no chance with a shortboard. Specialists have built very long board (3,5 to 5,5 m!). Go in the water around 30mn before this time. You have to paddle towards a big red buoy on your left (distance 1,2 km). Sometimes the Mascaret comes 10mn before or later. You will see the Mascaret coming in: it's very impressive. Be careful: you'll have only one wave. Don't miss it. If you miss it, don't worry, the current will get you back to the harbour. Good luck and have fun.
It's crowded: kayack, longboard. But the atmosphere is very relax: it's like a big party. Comes with friends.
By Anonymous , 07-12-2005
Worst Photo Ever - That "surf photo" --photo 1, is the perhaps the worst photo I've ever seen. It represents everything I fear about surfing.
By THE JUDGE , 09-08-2004
- on prend les memes et on recommence, sur la derniere serie en cumulant toutes les figures libres de nos amis kayakistes, une dizaine de surfers se sont fait degommés la plupart du temps par des gignols en kayak double genre rotomod: pas cool!a ma connaissance on a jamais vu un surfer faire tomber un kayak: chercher l'erreur!!
By Xavier , 01-08-2004
Poor judge - Sad, really sad!This wave is obviously made to be shared.And a lot of surfers are suckers... Don't piss on kayakers, they don't deserve it.And actually, even if it's small and sloppy it's a really good experience. Just imagine riding the same wave for such a long time!!! It's a good feeling and every surfer should try it a least once.
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