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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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 Montalivet

France, Gironde

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 45° 22.652' N
Longitude: 1° 9.677' W

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3 km in the south of Montalivet

English (Translate this text in English): 3 km in the south of Montalivet

English (Translate this text in English): 3 km in the south of Montalivet

English (Translate this text in English): 3 km in the south of Montalivet

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name l´empasse

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

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 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

Good views of the peaks from the car park. Need a decent swell to work. It is a good spot when Lacanau is closing out.

English (Translate this text in English): Good views of the peaks from the car park. Need a decent swell to work. It is a good spot when Lacanau is closing out.

English (Translate this text in English): Good views of the peaks from the car park. Need a decent swell to work. It is a good spot when Lacanau is closing out.

English (Translate this text in English): Good views of the peaks from the car park. Need a decent swell to work. It is a good spot when Lacanau is closing out.

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yann avatar
Montalivet
De yann
2 mars 2014
Rough - Good Session with Tibok. At the first spot : the check was not so good. At the second, we knew instantly that it was the good place ! A A-Frame 3m was cranking The only problem : it was far, 500m from the coast in battlefield of strong
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yann avatar
Montalivet
De yann
17 oct. 2013
Hard to finis - I went with Dahome, expecting a big swell. But it was smaller than announced. We stayed at Montalivet. the tide was a little to high but it was enough to surf. After 2 hours, I had to stop to surf because of 2 big cramps at the same time !
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yann avatar
Montalivet
De yann
2 oct. 2013
The bad and the good - I went to Le Gurp with Dahomey but Luke Egan told us that it was crowded and the waves were not so big. We went to montalivet but waves seems nearly only close outs. I was at first in a bad mood : bad spot, bad waves, not in a good shape, fallen on
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yann avatar
Montalivet
De yann
27 nov. 2011
Desillusion - I expected a classic session with tibok and zitoune : solid swell, offshore as the week (and i didn't surfed). Carcans : solid waves, no banks. Hourtin : possible surf but impossible to go out. Montalivet : surfable but bad and waves were too s
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yann avatar
Montalivet
De yann
4 sept. 2010
Bof - Le Porge closed out so we went (Gaby, Fred and Loig) up North. We stopped at Montalivet. Waves  were powerless but surfable. Everything was wrong for me: my back foot was sliding and I couldn't surf my new board very well, I lost my two le
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By Semi Fish , 06-06-2013

- cheap campsite near the ocean,fresh market everyday were you can eat and drink youreself to death, always had friendly people in the lineup, on good days there are lots of peaks. talk to the surfshopowners and ask how the south, center and nordspots works best and you surf alot more!
the only downside is that you have to guard youre stuff otherwise its just gone... as wel in highseazon as in offseazon! GUARD YOURE STUFF!

By marckubik , 12-01-2008

bouhgt a board shaped by phil - i just bought a 9" single fin, shaped by phil in 97 -
is this the phillip you were talkin about?? i like to have 2 questions - maybe you an give me his email ??
marc[at]setpics[dot]de
thx

By davidholden1972@hotmail.com , 03-05-2006

there is also a groine at Montalivet. - A friend named Phillipe owns a surf shop in Montalivet. i met him in Bali 8 years ago, i stayed in Mont. for 2 weeks and surfed in a rash vest and boardies in 13 degree waters... ouch! there is a groine at the end of the road that takes you through the heart of the little holiday township. it cranks a nice 2-5 foot left and right! there is also a nudist camp 2-3 km south, population swells from 2,000 to 100,000 in summer!

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