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Latitude: 46° 41.309' N
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Head into St Gilles Croix de Vie and follow signs for the Grande Plage. You'll head past the harbour, then down a narrow one-way road until you reach a small roundabout, and then you're pretty much on the seafront. take a left at the roundabout, and out of season you can often park up in the split level carpark right next to the roundabout. If not, follow the road round a bit, and there's plenty of street parking available.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Nudist colony (France only!)
Great longboarder's wave, and also probably the best spot in the area for beginners, due to the wave's tendency to spill. It's also good for beginners in the respect that there doesn't tend to be pressure in the water from hot locals, cos they're normally at one of the more difficult breaks. However, when the waves get over 5-6ft it can be a nightmare paddle out. Watch for the backwash created by the promenade at high tide-it has a nasty habit of kicking the wave up to twice it's original size when it hits, and also often creates a step on the wave face- fun when you get used to it! If you walk to the south, the prom stops and the beach goes on for miles-if it's too crowded round the prom area, just walk a bit...
t Gilles is a really mellow spot, and one of the only ones in the area which is in a town. There's so much space on the beach that you can always find an empty peak if you're prepared to walk a bit. There's also a surf club on the prom (with toilets and showers) that often has comps and stuff going on. After your surf, treat yourself to crepes on the prom and watch the sun go down.
By Frez , 21-05-2007
Great easy spot for season start - Surfed this spot some weeks ago, the waves were nice and clean and there was nobody else in the water.
By laird , 02-12-2006
big surf - st gilles can hold big waves when everything close out aroundi surfer +3meters there
By Gromick's Team , 12-09-2006
Thanks - Hey i surfed for the first time here and now i can't stop, surfing ;)!! it's a cool spot , very good for novice..
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