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Latitude: 50° 52.238' N
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From the main city around, Calais, follow road D940 toward Boulogne. From atop the cliff you're 33 meters higher than sea level and this is a fabulous point of view !
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
BottomFlat rocks with sand
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
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 movementRising tide
- 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 WEST SWELL, then wait for the wind to calm down.
It´s a good place for longboarders.
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 anonymous , 11-02-2005
wind at Gris Nez - Gris Nez is in "La Côte d'Opale" , not in Normandy.For the wind: SW_ SW/W >20kts
By Bernard , 22-09-2004
now we got to many people - these days to many people go there, they don't know there are a lot of rocks and i've seen someone hitting a rock and hurting himself really bad, so be careful and look out and know what you are surfing.
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