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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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 Sangatte

France, Normandy

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 50° 56.627' N
Longitude: 1° 44.588' E

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 Access

From the main city around, Calais, follow road D940 toward Boulogne. Sangatte is the second small city you get through after leaving Calais (10 kilometers).
Once there, just stop and walk past the sand dunes.

English (Translate this text in English): From the main city around, Calais, follow road D940 toward Boulogne. Sangatte is the second small city you get through after leaving Calais (10 kilometers).<br />Once there, just stop and walk past the sand dunes.

English (Translate this text in English): From the main city around, Calais, follow road D940 toward Boulogne. Sangatte is the second small city you get through after leaving Calais (10 kilometers).&lt;br &#47;&gt;Once there, just stop and walk past the sand dunes.

English (Translate this text in English): From the main city around, Calais, follow road D940 toward Boulogne. Sangatte is the second small city you get through after leaving Calais (10 kilometers).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Once there, just stop and walk past the sand dunes.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (&lt; 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualitySloppy

ExperienceBeginners wave

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFun, Powerless

Normal lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Good day lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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 positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Pollution

 Additional Information

No real surf here... just wait for a big gale and come to surf for the fun of it !
NORTH SWELL is needed, with no wind if possible.
The flat beach makes this spot very less good than Cap Blanc Nez, 4 kilometers away Southward.
Indeed, you can do it here !

English (Translate this text in English): No real surf here... just wait for a big gale and come to surf for the fun of it !<br />NORTH SWELL is needed, with no wind if possible.<br />The flat beach makes this spot very less good than Cap Blanc Nez, 4 kilometers away Southward.<br />Indeed, you can do it here !

English (Translate this text in English): No real surf here... just wait for a big gale and come to surf for the fun of it !&lt;br &#47;&gt;NORTH SWELL is needed, with no wind if possible.&lt;br &#47;&gt;The flat beach makes this spot very less good than Cap Blanc Nez, 4 kilometers away Southward.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Indeed, you can do it here !

English (Translate this text in English): No real surf here... just wait for a big gale and come to surf for the fun of it !&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;NORTH SWELL is needed, with no wind if possible.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The flat beach makes this spot very less good than Cap Blanc Nez, 4 kilometers away Southward.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Indeed, you can do it here !

Atmosphere

Sangatte city is very famous in France and Great Britain for two reasons : it is 8 kilometers from the EuroTunnel station (the entry/exit of the cross Channel tunnel) and... it has a wharehouse managed by the french Red Cross. Nearly 1000 refugees live here all year round and walk each evening toward the EuroTunnel to try to get into the trains and find asylum in Great Britain.
When you drive through Sangatte you see'em walking around or making phone calls to Irak, Iran, Pakistan, Kurdistan or wherever they come from. EuroTunnel is asking french government to close it but hell : where would they go ???

English (Translate this text in English): Sangatte city is very famous in France and Great Britain for two reasons : it is 8 kilometers from the EuroTunnel station (the entry/exit of the cross Channel tunnel) and... it has a wharehouse managed by the french Red Cross. Nearly 1000 refugees live here all year round and walk each evening toward the EuroTunnel to try to get into the trains and find asylum in Great Britain.<br />When you drive through Sangatte you see'em walking around or making phone calls to Irak, Iran, Pakistan, Kurdistan or wherever they come from. EuroTunnel is asking french government to close it but hell : where would they go ???

English (Translate this text in English): Sangatte city is very famous in France and Great Britain for two reasons : it is 8 kilometers from the EuroTunnel station (the entry&#47;exit of the cross Channel tunnel) and... it has a wharehouse managed by the french Red Cross. Nearly 1000 refugees live here all year round and walk each evening toward the EuroTunnel to try to get into the trains and find asylum in Great Britain.&lt;br &#47;&gt;When you drive through Sangatte you see'em walking around or making phone calls to Irak, Iran, Pakistan, Kurdistan or wherever they come from. EuroTunnel is asking french government to close it but hell : where would they go ???

English (Translate this text in English): Sangatte city is very famous in France and Great Britain for two reasons : it is 8 kilometers from the EuroTunnel station (the entry&amp;#47;exit of the cross Channel tunnel) and... it has a wharehouse managed by the french Red Cross. Nearly 1000 refugees live here all year round and walk each evening toward the EuroTunnel to try to get into the trains and find asylum in Great Britain.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;When you drive through Sangatte you see'em walking around or making phone calls to Irak, Iran, Pakistan, Kurdistan or wherever they come from. EuroTunnel is asking french government to close it but hell : where would they go ???

General

As i said, just for the fun of it... if you get there you'd rather push a little further toward the Cap Blanc Nez beach.
SECURITY ADVISORY : due to those refugees, wild camping or in-the-car-sleeping is not recomended around Sangatte. Leaving stuff unattended is not, either (cameras, clothes, food, etc.).

English (Translate this text in English): As i said, just for the fun of it... if you get there you'd rather push a little further toward the Cap Blanc Nez beach.<br />SECURITY ADVISORY : due to those refugees, wild camping or in-the-car-sleeping is not recomended around Sangatte. Leaving stuff unattended is not, either (cameras, clothes, food, etc.).

English (Translate this text in English): As i said, just for the fun of it... if you get there you'd rather push a little further toward the Cap Blanc Nez beach.&lt;br &#47;&gt;SECURITY ADVISORY : due to those refugees, wild camping or in-the-car-sleeping is not recomended around Sangatte. Leaving stuff unattended is not, either (cameras, clothes, food, etc.).

English (Translate this text in English): As i said, just for the fun of it... if you get there you'd rather push a little further toward the Cap Blanc Nez beach.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;SECURITY ADVISORY : due to those refugees, wild camping or in-the-car-sleeping is not recomended around Sangatte. Leaving stuff unattended is not, either (cameras, clothes, food, etc.).

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By Yannick Yellow Board , 06-02-2003

No more Red Cross camp for refugees. - By the end of 2002, french right-wing government decided to take action and officialy closed the refugees camp.Of course, this did not solve the refugees problem : you can find them wandering in streets of Sangatte, Calais or even... Paris cities. Some of them find hospitality in French houses and some others settle in bunkers on the beach.All wait for an opportunity to enter Great Britain territory, mostly by the cross Channel tunnel (Eurotunnel).

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