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Latitude: 50° 55.873' N
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From the main city around, Calais, follow road D940 toward Boulogne. After the small city of Sangatte, check out a high tower with tourism signs indicating 'Cap Blanc Nez' and 'Beach'.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast
Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movement
- Rips / undertow
Access to this spot is easy but weather conditions to get some rideable waves are a bit more difficult...
Wait for big WINTER GALES to come around and send NORTH SWELL, then wait for the wind to calm down.
Surf is also possible with West swell but poorer and much less interesting.
Sand banks here are enormous : 100 to 200 meters long with HEAVY CURRENTS. Take care of yourself, if you surf here alone, make sure you're a good swimmer enough ! Waves usually break when the sea goes over those banks and if conditions are good, nice peeling 1.5 meter waves can be surfed.
Also, while surfing or walking :
STAY AWAY FROM THE CLIFF !
Those collapse frequently and you don't want to see what it makes to be buried under tons of rocks. Keep an eye on your family/friends and if you hear a big CRRRRRUNCH : run in the opposite direction !
(Yeah, and that's not a joke)
Very impressive feeling to be on that nearly 20 kilometers beach followed by a single vertical cliff... surfing can be fun, too, paddling across those giant sand banks.
Chances are you'll be alone : water temperatures make it a real North surf experience.
By bblue , 11-09-2003
question - i'm planning to go surf at cap blanc nez next week. i'm staying at a hotel in calais. is there any public transport going there??
By firstname.lastname@example.org , 19-06-2003
yo - i do live in lille wich is pretty close & and i do morey basiquely in landes. i m very curious to try that spot, on top of that i get st cecil too times a month !!stephane
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