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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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 La Sauzaie

France, Vendee

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 46° 38.185' N
Longitude: 1° 53.548' W

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 Access

From the main city around (Saint Gilles Croix de Vie), take direction Brétignolles sur Mer (road D38bis + D38). The spot of La Sauzaie will be on your right, behind a parking lot where there is a big buoy exposed on ground (yellow + black stripes). The buoy reads "La Sauzaie" on itself. Park the car, have a look at a little "house" nearly on the beach : this is the rescue station (summer duty); the wave breaks there.

English (Translate this text in English): From the main city around (Saint Gilles Croix de Vie), take direction Brétignolles sur Mer (road D38bis + D38). The spot of La Sauzaie will be on your right, behind a parking lot where there is a big buoy exposed on ground (yellow + black stripes). The buoy reads "La Sauzaie" on itself. Park the car, have a look at a little "house" nearly on the beach : this is the rescue station (summer duty); the wave breaks there.

English (Translate this text in English): From the main city around (Saint Gilles Croix de Vie), take direction Brétignolles sur Mer (road D38bis + D38). The spot of La Sauzaie will be on your right, behind a parking lot where there is a big buoy exposed on ground (yellow + black stripes). The buoy reads "La Sauzaie" on itself. Park the car, have a look at a little "house" nearly on the beach : this is the rescue station (summer duty); the wave breaks there.

English (Translate this text in English): From the main city around (Saint Gilles Croix de Vie), take direction Brétignolles sur Mer (road D38bis + D38). The spot of La Sauzaie will be on your right, behind a parking lot where there is a big buoy exposed on ground (yellow + black stripes). The buoy reads "La Sauzaie" on itself. Park the car, have a look at a little "house" nearly on the beach : this is the rescue station (summer duty); the wave breaks there.

DistanceIn the city

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

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

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 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Localism

 Additional Information

Great rights and lefts, very powerful and easy to find !
The spot is well known, however, and on a good day everyone around will get there. If you're not familiar with competition on crowded spots and SHALLOW WATERS, stay ashore and take photos : the wave is close to a small cliff and you can make some great ones ! In the water also, the wave is close to the cliff...at very high tide, BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET INTO THE CLIFF.
And at average high tide, WATCH THE ROCK REEF !

English (Translate this text in English): Great rights and lefts, very powerful and easy to find !<br />The spot is well known, however, and on a good day everyone around will get there. If you're not familiar with competition on crowded spots and SHALLOW WATERS, stay ashore and take photos : the wave is close to a small cliff and you can make some great ones ! In the water also, the wave is close to the cliff...at very high tide, BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET INTO THE CLIFF.<br />And at average high tide, WATCH THE ROCK REEF !

English (Translate this text in English): Great rights and lefts, very powerful and easy to find !&lt;br &#47;&gt;The spot is well known, however, and on a good day everyone around will get there. If you're not familiar with competition on crowded spots and SHALLOW WATERS, stay ashore and take photos : the wave is close to a small cliff and you can make some great ones ! In the water also, the wave is close to the cliff...at very high tide, BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET INTO THE CLIFF.&lt;br &#47;&gt;And at average high tide, WATCH THE ROCK REEF !

English (Translate this text in English): Great rights and lefts, very powerful and easy to find !&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The spot is well known, however, and on a good day everyone around will get there. If you're not familiar with competition on crowded spots and SHALLOW WATERS, stay ashore and take photos : the wave is close to a small cliff and you can make some great ones ! In the water also, the wave is close to the cliff...at very high tide, BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET INTO THE CLIFF.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;And at average high tide, WATCH THE ROCK REEF !

Atmosphere

Get there off holiday if you can, on weekdays (may+june / september+october), otherwise, be sure it will be crowded and that longboarders will trust every wave, just as B. Gates with Windows.
Even on small swell, you feel the power, as you take off very easily...just imagine on big days (where a helmet could be helpful)!

This is not a family beach, except on completely flat days.

English (Translate this text in English): Get there off holiday if you can, on weekdays (may+june / september+october), otherwise, be sure it will be crowded and that longboarders will trust every wave, just as B. Gates with Windows.<br />Even on small swell, you feel the power, as you take off very easily...just imagine on big days (where a helmet could be helpful)!<br /><br />This is not a family beach, except on completely flat days.

English (Translate this text in English): Get there off holiday if you can, on weekdays (may+june &#47; september+october), otherwise, be sure it will be crowded and that longboarders will trust every wave, just as B. Gates with Windows.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Even on small swell, you feel the power, as you take off very easily...just imagine on big days (where a helmet could be helpful)!&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;This is not a family beach, except on completely flat days.

English (Translate this text in English): Get there off holiday if you can, on weekdays (may+june &amp;#47; september+october), otherwise, be sure it will be crowded and that longboarders will trust every wave, just as B. Gates with Windows.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Even on small swell, you feel the power, as you take off very easily...just imagine on big days (where a helmet could be helpful)!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;This is not a family beach, except on completely flat days.

General

Really great wave with some hazards (shallow waters, rocks, locals) you can overcome if you stay aware of what's going on. In case of less-than a-meter swell, when looking at the spot from the cliff, take a walk on your right just 100 meters away. There is another spot (not named - as far as i know-in a little, little cove)which breaks nicely... BUT in shallower waters; which means that at the end of the wave, you will be in ankle or knee-deep waters. (And dry reef sections are also possible)
So, having a look at the reef at low tide would be a security.

English (Translate this text in English): Really great wave with some hazards (shallow waters, rocks, locals) you can overcome if you stay aware of what's going on. In case of less-than a-meter swell, when looking at the spot from the cliff, take a walk on your right just 100 meters away. There is another spot (not named - as far as i know-in a little, little cove)which breaks nicely... BUT in shallower waters; which means that at the end of the wave, you will be in ankle or knee-deep waters. (And dry reef sections are also possible)<br />So, having a look at the reef at low tide would be a security.

English (Translate this text in English): Really great wave with some hazards (shallow waters, rocks, locals) you can overcome if you stay aware of what's going on. In case of less-than a-meter swell, when looking at the spot from the cliff, take a walk on your right just 100 meters away. There is another spot (not named - as far as i know-in a little, little cove)which breaks nicely... BUT in shallower waters; which means that at the end of the wave, you will be in ankle or knee-deep waters. (And dry reef sections are also possible)&lt;br &#47;&gt;So, having a look at the reef at low tide would be a security.

English (Translate this text in English): Really great wave with some hazards (shallow waters, rocks, locals) you can overcome if you stay aware of what's going on. In case of less-than a-meter swell, when looking at the spot from the cliff, take a walk on your right just 100 meters away. There is another spot (not named - as far as i know-in a little, little cove)which breaks nicely... BUT in shallower waters; which means that at the end of the wave, you will be in ankle or knee-deep waters. (And dry reef sections are also possible)&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;So, having a look at the reef at low tide would be a security.

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La Sauzaie
De freedeuching
Dez 11, 2009
PP 1m50 glassy bien creux au soleil, mais froid -
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La Sauzaie
De freedeuching
Out 30, 2009
PP 1m50 glassy au soleil -
Mais...
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La Sauzaie
De mutoz
Mai 1, 2007
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By manchot , 02-04-2005

pretty good - I went there two weeks ago and that was fabulous compared to Manche. It wasn't busy even if waves were there. The atmosphere with locals wasn't so bad. I enjoy this type of rocky place.Enjoy BoardRiding.

By koen , 03-03-2005

vendee around eastern - hello,is eastern time a good time to come to vendee? How about crowds and swell frequency?

By anonymous , 06-01-2004

no title - Be careful dirty hot locals here !!! you could only take sheety waves otherwise good waves if good surfer.

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