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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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 Messanges

France, Landes

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Latitude: 43° 48.963' N
Longitude: 1° 24.313' W

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 Access

stay at the "vieux port" campsite and walk over the the dune the left hander breaks on your left and the right breaks on your right as you look out to sea. the right is a longer paddle out but has good barrels on the right tide.

English (Translate this text in English): stay at the "vieux port" campsite and walk over the the dune the left hander breaks on your left and the right breaks on your right as you look out to sea. the right is a longer paddle out but has good barrels on the right tide.

English (Translate this text in English): stay at the "vieux port" campsite and walk over the the dune the left hander breaks on your left and the right breaks on your right as you look out to sea. the right is a longer paddle out but has good barrels on the right tide.

English (Translate this text in English): stay at the "vieux port" campsite and walk over the the dune the left hander breaks on your left and the right breaks on your right as you look out to sea. the right is a longer paddle out but has good barrels on the right tide.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

park just outside the viex port campsite and walk through it. this will be about a 5-10 min walk. if your staying in the campsite you can be as close as a minute away from the break. the left is pretty easy to surf, sometimes you can have a nice late drop but weather you do or not it is always followed by a long walling wave which when i was there only sectioned at the end section. the right is about a 5-10 minute paddle out depending on the swell size and what the rip is doing and tides, one day when it was solid 8ft it was a 45 min paddle out but most of that was because of the really bad rip when it is big, but it did break a long way out. the break itself is a really fast barreling wave, you can get some very big makeable barrels. if you go about 200 metres north the bank is really shallow and the barrels are huge, heavey and realy thick lipped and it will always have a late drop beacause the jacks up all of a sudden

English (Translate this text in English): park just outside the viex port campsite and walk through it. this will be about a 5-10 min walk. if your staying in the campsite you can be as close as a minute away from the break. the left is pretty easy to surf, sometimes you can have a nice late drop but weather you do or not it is always followed by a long walling wave which when i was there only sectioned at the end section. the right is about a 5-10 minute paddle out depending on the swell size and what the rip is doing and tides, one day when it was solid 8ft it was a 45 min paddle out but most of that was because of the really bad rip when it is big, but it did break a long way out. the break itself is a really fast barreling wave, you can get some very big makeable barrels. if you go about 200 metres north the bank is really shallow and the barrels are huge, heavey and realy thick lipped and it will always have a late drop beacause the jacks up all of a sudden

English (Translate this text in English): park just outside the viex port campsite and walk through it. this will be about a 5-10 min walk. if your staying in the campsite you can be as close as a minute away from the break. the left is pretty easy to surf, sometimes you can have a nice late drop but weather you do or not it is always followed by a long walling wave which when i was there only sectioned at the end section. the right is about a 5-10 minute paddle out depending on the swell size and what the rip is doing and tides, one day when it was solid 8ft it was a 45 min paddle out but most of that was because of the really bad rip when it is big, but it did break a long way out. the break itself is a really fast barreling wave, you can get some very big makeable barrels. if you go about 200 metres north the bank is really shallow and the barrels are huge, heavey and realy thick lipped and it will always have a late drop beacause the jacks up all of a sudden

English (Translate this text in English): park just outside the viex port campsite and walk through it. this will be about a 5-10 min walk. if your staying in the campsite you can be as close as a minute away from the break. the left is pretty easy to surf, sometimes you can have a nice late drop but weather you do or not it is always followed by a long walling wave which when i was there only sectioned at the end section. the right is about a 5-10 minute paddle out depending on the swell size and what the rip is doing and tides, one day when it was solid 8ft it was a 45 min paddle out but most of that was because of the really bad rip when it is big, but it did break a long way out. the break itself is a really fast barreling wave, you can get some very big makeable barrels. if you go about 200 metres north the bank is really shallow and the barrels are huge, heavey and realy thick lipped and it will always have a late drop beacause the jacks up all of a sudden

Atmosphere

the atmosphere is cool here and there are no pissed of locals as the beach is kinda private because of the campstite so is mostly visiting surfers here although there are a lot of bodyboarders

English (Translate this text in English): the atmosphere is cool here and there are no pissed of locals as the beach is kinda private because of the campstite so is mostly visiting surfers here although there are a lot of bodyboarders

English (Translate this text in English): the atmosphere is cool here and there are no pissed of locals as the beach is kinda private because of the campstite so is mostly visiting surfers here although there are a lot of bodyboarders

English (Translate this text in English): the atmosphere is cool here and there are no pissed of locals as the beach is kinda private because of the campstite so is mostly visiting surfers here although there are a lot of bodyboarders

General

this spot kicks ass you have a gorgeous left and a fast hollow right

English (Translate this text in English): this spot kicks ass you have a gorgeous left and a fast hollow right

English (Translate this text in English): this spot kicks ass you have a gorgeous left and a fast hollow right

English (Translate this text in English): this spot kicks ass you have a gorgeous left and a fast hollow right

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 Last surf sessions

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Messanges
By yann
Oct 9, 2010
Mushy close out - The swell was good but 6 hours after our morning session with a full low tide: we got the full high tide !! I continued my training of tubing even I couldn't go out.
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Messanges
By yann
Jun 25, 2010
Good punchy waves ! - I went to Capbreton to get my new simon anderson board and stop to Messages. I didn't expected good waves. But it was good !! punchy and fast. Check the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIUVZx8yTd0 {youtube}JIUVZx8yTd0{/youtube}
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Messanges
By herwig
May 18, 2009
Tough Boys -  Over night the waveless sea turned into a soupbowl! A warm front passed the coastline and thunderstorms all night long pushed the waves up to a dangerous level. Only 3 locals made the way out but couldn'd catch a wave.
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Messanges
By herwig
Jun 17, 2008
Late takeoff - Along the way from Gironde to Basque County we had a stop at Messanges at high noon. A nice campervan place invited us to stay over night there. Unfortunately there was still only a small swell and too much onshore wind (as alomost during the after
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Messanges
By raidako
Jun 9, 2007
1èra surf sesh atlantica - Èri pas anat a l'aiga dempuèi 2 meses e lo viatge Japon-Austràlia-Nòva Zelàndia, per consequéncia aquesta session me faguèt un ben enòrme. L'instructor, Pacòmi, de Nature
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 Last surf trips

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Trip: Tour de France 2009
By herwig
From May 8, 2009 to May 26, 2009
I named our first 2009 trip "Tour de France" according to the roads we drove.
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Trip: Aquitaine-Summer 2008
By herwig
From Jun 13, 2008 to Jul 2, 2008
30 years anniversary tour to S/W France! After 30 years of surfing this is an amazing trip. It all began 1978 in Anglet with bodysurfing and nowadays there's so much memories thruout the years! Schedule is to visit the Medoc first and th
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Trip: Las Lanas, Occitània
By raidako
From Jun 8, 2007 to Jun 12, 2007
Viatge que qualques jorns dins Las Lanas, primièrament per menar la sòrre veire son amistogal a Dacs. Brave pretèxte per tornar far un bocin al surf. Lo detalh se pòt trobar sus mon blòg http://www.raidako.com
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By Anonymous , 29-06-2009

messanges - Don't go to this place. Too many tourists and a majority of germans ! Now it's not the same and the locals are sick of this infestation !

By er tavola - italian bodyboarder- , 09-08-2006

Messanges the last week of july and the first of augst - we had had waves for all 15 days, one day was about 4 metres, then this day the others three with 3-2-1,5. the waves are very good and powerfull, but there are a lot of close out with 4 and 3 metres. the best hours to practice surf are three hours before and after the high tight. good spot, maybe after others surf trip I'll be back here. Bye guys!!!

By james vautier , 16-07-2006

Barreled - my name is james vautier and i surfed here when it was 8 ft and i got a stand up barrel and came out with my hands in the air and then my dad surfed plemont and got barreled while doin a hang ten

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