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Take the bridge to Oléron island, direction Saint Trojan les Bains, then, direction "la grande plage" across the forest (watch the deers!).
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Ordinary, Fun
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
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
- Rips / undertow
- Nudist colony (France only!)
Once you are on top of the sand dune, there's a shipwreck on your right (a cargo from World War I): once the waves are 1.5 meters or above, the best place to surf is close to it (not too close!!). Rights and lefts more fast and hollow than anywhere else on the beach.
Looks like the Landes : long, long beach with sandbars everywhere and nudists 300 meters left of the main access.
Beautiful place, beautiful waves and enormous mosquitoes at night...
The beach is so long, crowds are never really a problem, exepted in summertime with all those §$**! parisians.
Also : currents can get VERY strong, be careful if you or your friends/family go swimming (same danger as in any beach break : the "baïnes"). From the end of june to mid-september, lifeguards are on duty and you'll see them from the parking lot : go for informations, they're surfers most of the the time.
I have seen dolphins there, as well as a dead shark on the sand. It adds to the beauty of the place, doesn't it ?
Pretty cool place to surf, especially off season : may, june, september and maybe october; but it gets swell all year round.
Come here if you don't know if there is any swell.
Bonus : take the 20 minutes walk southward toward the Maumusson point : other beachbreaks COMPLETELY uncrowded (and even desert most time, in water and on beach)but with STRONGER currents in an all-nudists area. If you get there and you have a problem (drawning or else)make sure you have healthy friends to help you or a powerful mobile phone...if not, you're ALONE.
Nearest phone :run to the Novotel resort, 1.5 mile southward by the beach, at the other side of the sand point.
By Sticks , 05-09-2005
Cool spot - I spent the last 2 weeks in August surfing Grand Village/ Saint Trojan. In the second week reasonable size solid swell and off shores made this well worth the visit. Good waves to be had all up and down the beach. Near the wreck is good but does get crowded, only hassle was one surfer and quite a few body boarders trying to 'steal' waves. Strong currents as tide drops, if your not experienced take care. Beach gets crowded but is big enough to cope. Enjoy.
By Jim , 27-08-2005
High Tide - I was at La Grande Plage at the end of August and thought the surf was great. If you go fairly close to the wreck at high tide I think surf is best then.
By firstname.lastname@example.org , 07-01-2005
bof - it's not a very good spot it's good when you havn't choice...There is not "localisme"