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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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 Côte sauvage - Phare de la Coubre (lighthouse)

France, Charente maritime

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Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 45° 41.583' N
Longitude: 1° 14.25' W

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 Access

From Bordeaux Airport, take the A10 Highway till a town called "Pons". Leave the highway and first, go in the direction of Royan (several surf shops here) then go to "la palmyre", cross the town and roll to the north. At 10 Km is the lighthouse "phare de La Coubre". It's the first of the 2 spots. The second is 2-3 km north (by car)

English (Translate this text in English): From Bordeaux Airport, take the A10 Highway till a town called "Pons". Leave the highway and first, go in the direction of Royan (several surf shops here) then go to "la palmyre", cross the town and roll to the north. At 10 Km is the lighthouse "phare de La Coubre". It's the first of the 2 spots. The second is 2-3 km north (by car)

English (Translate this text in English): From Bordeaux Airport, take the A10 Highway till a town called "Pons". Leave the highway and first, go in the direction of Royan (several surf shops here) then go to "la palmyre", cross the town and roll to the north. At 10 Km is the lighthouse "phare de La Coubre". It's the first of the 2 spots. The second is 2-3 km north (by car)

English (Translate this text in English): From Bordeaux Airport, take the A10 Highway till a town called "Pons". Leave the highway and first, go in the direction of Royan (several surf shops here) then go to "la palmyre", cross the town and roll to the north. At 10 Km is the lighthouse "phare de La Coubre". It's the first of the 2 spots. The second is 2-3 km north (by car)

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Le Sémaphore

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

Power

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Pollution

 Additional Information

At "phare de La Coubre", the beach is under control but often crowded. A good solution is to roll 2 or 3 km north. You can find here a little parking (sand), just behind the beach. You might often be alone but DON'T SURF THERE ALONE? it might be dangerous sometimes.

English (Translate this text in English): At "phare de La Coubre", the beach is under control but often crowded. A good solution is to roll 2 or 3 km north. You can find here a little parking (sand), just behind the beach. You might often be alone but DON'T SURF THERE ALONE? it might be dangerous sometimes.

English (Translate this text in English): At "phare de La Coubre", the beach is under control but often crowded. A good solution is to roll 2 or 3 km north. You can find here a little parking (sand), just behind the beach. You might often be alone but DON'T SURF THERE ALONE? it might be dangerous sometimes.

English (Translate this text in English): At "phare de La Coubre", the beach is under control but often crowded. A good solution is to roll 2 or 3 km north. You can find here a little parking (sand), just behind the beach. You might often be alone but DON'T SURF THERE ALONE? it might be dangerous sometimes.

Atmosphere

There's often a west wind which is not making good conditions, but when the wind is east, and the wave at 1.5 meter, then it becomes a very cool site where you can make good surf.

English (Translate this text in English): There's often a west wind which is not making good conditions, but when the wind is east, and the wave at 1.5 meter, then it becomes a very cool site where you can make good surf.

English (Translate this text in English): There's often a west wind which is not making good conditions, but when the wind is east, and the wave at 1.5 meter, then it becomes a very cool site where you can make good surf.

English (Translate this text in English): There's often a west wind which is not making good conditions, but when the wind is east, and the wave at 1.5 meter, then it becomes a very cool site where you can make good surf.

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cool spot

English (Translate this text in English): cool spot

English (Translate this text in English): cool spot

English (Translate this text in English): cool spot

Author: Stéphane Gentreau Contributors (4) They surfed this spot ! (14)

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By bigtimeleisure@hotmail.com , 11-04-2005

very dangerous - This area can be very dangerous. I myself have been rescued by jet ski as I was caught in a massive rip tide. When it is misty it is hard to see out very far and this can be another hazzard if you get into trouble. Surf near the swimming area for better safety as the lifegaurds are obviously very busy in this dangerous stretch. Hence why it is called the cote savage.

By une ale pute , 04-01-2004

vive le semaphore (pour les intimes) - j'envoie ce message au nom de tout les surfers de pointallaic il se reconnaitron Zéma Dam's glandouille balzanais....A MORT NANARD!!!!!

By anonymous , 10-11-2003

Bignoux - Just come back from "Le phare" this day :1.5 meters and a very good sandbar : no depth, right and left, and some smiles when you are inside !!We were about thirty for three peaks...I am used to surf here, so don't look at the description :It is at high tide (2 hours before) and you have to search the 3-4 sandbars wich give some powerfull waves.Tips: they are closed to each other and very easy to find because there are only 4 easy access on this part of coast.If you want to see more about this spot, let's take a look to bodyboardpro website (in french) and look at the news of mid october : you will see a video of a bodyboard contest at this spot.

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