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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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 Oléron - Saint Trojan

France, Charente maritime

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 45° 50.42' N
Longitude: 1° 15.373' W

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 Access

Take the bridge to Oléron island, direction Saint Trojan les Bains, then, direction "la grande plage" across the forest (watch the deers!).
Park where it is allowed and walk above the dune : it's there, all for you.
Note : it is important you ONLY park where it is allowed because it is a remote place and rescue vehicles won't be able to come and take severed people to hospital : this could be you.
In summer, come in the morning.

English (Translate this text in English): Take the bridge to Oléron island, direction Saint Trojan les Bains, then, direction &quot;la grande plage&quot; across the forest (watch the deers!).<br />Park where it is allowed and walk above the dune : it's there, all for you.<br />Note : it is important you ONLY park where it is allowed because it is a remote place and rescue vehicles won't be able to come and take severed people to hospital : this could be you.<br />In summer, come in the morning.

English (Translate this text in English): Take the bridge to Oléron island, direction Saint Trojan les Bains, then, direction &amp;quot;la grande plage&amp;quot; across the forest (watch the deers!).&lt;br &#47;&gt;Park where it is allowed and walk above the dune : it's there, all for you.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Note : it is important you ONLY park where it is allowed because it is a remote place and rescue vehicles won't be able to come and take severed people to hospital : this could be you.&lt;br &#47;&gt;In summer, come in the morning.

English (Translate this text in English): Take the bridge to Oléron island, direction Saint Trojan les Bains, then, direction &amp;amp;quot;la grande plage&amp;amp;quot; across the forest (watch the deers!).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Park where it is allowed and walk above the dune : it's there, all for you.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Note : it is important you ONLY park where it is allowed because it is a remote place and rescue vehicles won't be able to come and take severed people to hospital : this could be you.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;In summer, come in the morning.

DistanceTake a car

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 qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceBeginners wave

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Ordinary, Fun

Normal lengthShort (&lt; 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

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Nudist colony (France only!)

 Additional Information

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

Atmosphere

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.

English (Translate this text in English): Looks like the Landes : long, long beach with sandbars everywhere and nudists 300 meters left of the main access.<br />Beautiful place, beautiful waves and enormous mosquitoes at night...<br />The beach is so long, crowds are never really a problem, exepted in summertime with all those §$**! parisians.<br />Also : currents can get VERY strong, be careful if you or your friends/family go swimming (same danger as in any beach break : the &quot;baïnes&quot;). 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.

English (Translate this text in English): Looks like the Landes : long, long beach with sandbars everywhere and nudists 300 meters left of the main access.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Beautiful place, beautiful waves and enormous mosquitoes at night...&lt;br &#47;&gt;The beach is so long, crowds are never really a problem, exepted in summertime with all those §$**! parisians.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Also : currents can get VERY strong, be careful if you or your friends&#47;family go swimming (same danger as in any beach break : the &amp;quot;baïnes&amp;quot;). 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.

English (Translate this text in English): Looks like the Landes : long, long beach with sandbars everywhere and nudists 300 meters left of the main access.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Beautiful place, beautiful waves and enormous mosquitoes at night...&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The beach is so long, crowds are never really a problem, exepted in summertime with all those §$**! parisians.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Also : currents can get VERY strong, be careful if you or your friends&amp;#47;family go swimming (same danger as in any beach break : the &amp;amp;quot;baïnes&amp;amp;quot;). 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.

General

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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 ?<br />Pretty cool place to surf, especially off season : may, june, september and maybe october; but it gets swell all year round.<br />Come here if you don't know if there is any swell.<br />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.<br />Nearest phone :run to the Novotel resort, 1.5 mile southward by the beach, at the other side of the sand point.

English (Translate this text in English): 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 ?&lt;br &#47;&gt;Pretty cool place to surf, especially off season : may, june, september and maybe october; but it gets swell all year round.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Come here if you don't know if there is any swell.&lt;br &#47;&gt;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.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Nearest phone :run to the Novotel resort, 1.5 mile southward by the beach, at the other side of the sand point.

English (Translate this text in English): 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 ?&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Pretty cool place to surf, especially off season : may, june, september and maybe october; but it gets swell all year round.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Come here if you don't know if there is any swell.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Nearest phone :run to the Novotel resort, 1.5 mile southward by the beach, at the other side of the sand point.

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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 oleronsurf@yahoo.fr , 07-01-2005

bof - it's not a very good spot it's good when you havn't choice...There is not "localisme"

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