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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 - Chassiron

France, Charente maritime

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 46° 2.905' N
Longitude: 1° 25.305' W

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Take the bridge to Oléron island and head North, toward "St Denis" and the Chassiron point and lighthouse.
Follow the roadsigns to Chassiron point, once you see the lighthouse (withe + black stripes), park the car and go for a look...
Check the South (left) side of the point on average/low swells; in case of an average/big swell, have a look at the North (right) of the point.
Whatever the size of the swell, even if your friends call you Slater and/or Brian Kehaulana :
DO NOT SURF ALONE !

If you owe a boat, don't fool yourself : you're in the bay of Biscay here, and at the Chassiron Straight too.
So, let the boat at La Rochelle or La Cotinière and get a car !

English (Translate this text in English): Take the bridge to Oléron island and head North, toward &quot;St Denis&quot; and the Chassiron point and lighthouse.<br />Follow the roadsigns to Chassiron point, once you see the lighthouse (withe + black stripes), park the car and go for a look...<br />Check the South (left) side of the point on average/low swells; in case of an average/big swell, have a look at the North (right) of the point.<br />Whatever the size of the swell, even if your friends call you Slater and/or Brian Kehaulana :<br />DO NOT SURF ALONE !<br /><br />If you owe a boat, don't fool yourself : you're in the bay of Biscay here, and at the Chassiron Straight too.<br />So, let the boat at La Rochelle or La Cotinière and get a car !

English (Translate this text in English): Take the bridge to Oléron island and head North, toward &amp;quot;St Denis&amp;quot; and the Chassiron point and lighthouse.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Follow the roadsigns to Chassiron point, once you see the lighthouse (withe + black stripes), park the car and go for a look...&lt;br &#47;&gt;Check the South (left) side of the point on average&#47;low swells; in case of an average&#47;big swell, have a look at the North (right) of the point.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Whatever the size of the swell, even if your friends call you Slater and&#47;or Brian Kehaulana :&lt;br &#47;&gt;DO NOT SURF ALONE !&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;If you owe a boat, don't fool yourself : you're in the bay of Biscay here, and at the Chassiron Straight too.&lt;br &#47;&gt;So, let the boat at La Rochelle or La Cotinière and get a car !

English (Translate this text in English): Take the bridge to Oléron island and head North, toward &amp;amp;quot;St Denis&amp;amp;quot; and the Chassiron point and lighthouse.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Follow the roadsigns to Chassiron point, once you see the lighthouse (withe + black stripes), park the car and go for a look...&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Check the South (left) side of the point on average&amp;#47;low swells; in case of an average&amp;#47;big swell, have a look at the North (right) of the point.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Whatever the size of the swell, even if your friends call you Slater and&amp;#47;or Brian Kehaulana :&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;DO NOT SURF ALONE !&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If you owe a boat, don't fool yourself : you're in the bay of Biscay here, and at the Chassiron Straight too.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;So, let the boat at La Rochelle or La Cotinière and get a car !

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementFalling tide

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

At high tide, you probably won't see anythig but the swell lines. Come at low tide : that's when it happens. It seems that the whole ocean gets 1 kilometer away and you have to walk on the rocky bottom to check the surf. Waves everywhere "around" the point.
Have a talk with locals and ask them to show you what to do and where to go, if there's any...
Because the place is a bit dangerous and the bigger the swell, the more dangerous it is.
It is SHALLOW WITH ROCK ! Bring a helmet if possible and don't try to go for a swim.
Also, bring your booties, anytime, to walk to the waves and to protect your feet while surfing.
DO NOT fall head first.
Contrarily to most spots on the island, this is a surf-only place : no swimming, no bodysurfing,
especially for children. (if you, and only you, want to crush yourself on the reef, it's up to you!)
If you don't want to drift to La Rochelle city :
GO AWAY BEFORE RISING TIDE !

English (Translate this text in English): At high tide, you probably won't see anythig but the swell lines. Come at low tide : that's when it happens. It seems that the whole ocean gets 1 kilometer away and you have to walk on the rocky bottom to check the surf. Waves everywhere &quot;around&quot; the point.<br />Have a talk with locals and ask them to show you what to do and where to go, if there's any...<br />Because the place is a bit dangerous and the bigger the swell, the more dangerous it is.<br />It is SHALLOW WITH ROCK ! Bring a helmet if possible and don't try to go for a swim.<br />Also, bring your booties, anytime, to walk to the waves and to protect your feet while surfing.<br />DO NOT fall head first.<br />Contrarily to most spots on the island, this is a surf-only place : no swimming, no bodysurfing,<br />especially for children. (if you, and only you, want to crush yourself on the reef, it's up to you!)<br />If you don't want to drift to La Rochelle city :<br />GO AWAY BEFORE RISING TIDE !

English (Translate this text in English): At high tide, you probably won't see anythig but the swell lines. Come at low tide : that's when it happens. It seems that the whole ocean gets 1 kilometer away and you have to walk on the rocky bottom to check the surf. Waves everywhere &amp;quot;around&amp;quot; the point.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Have a talk with locals and ask them to show you what to do and where to go, if there's any...&lt;br &#47;&gt;Because the place is a bit dangerous and the bigger the swell, the more dangerous it is.&lt;br &#47;&gt;It is SHALLOW WITH ROCK ! Bring a helmet if possible and don't try to go for a swim.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Also, bring your booties, anytime, to walk to the waves and to protect your feet while surfing.&lt;br &#47;&gt;DO NOT fall head first.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Contrarily to most spots on the island, this is a surf-only place : no swimming, no bodysurfing,&lt;br &#47;&gt;especially for children. (if you, and only you, want to crush yourself on the reef, it's up to you!)&lt;br &#47;&gt;If you don't want to drift to La Rochelle city :&lt;br &#47;&gt;GO AWAY BEFORE RISING TIDE !

English (Translate this text in English): At high tide, you probably won't see anythig but the swell lines. Come at low tide : that's when it happens. It seems that the whole ocean gets 1 kilometer away and you have to walk on the rocky bottom to check the surf. Waves everywhere &amp;amp;quot;around&amp;amp;quot; the point.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Have a talk with locals and ask them to show you what to do and where to go, if there's any...&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Because the place is a bit dangerous and the bigger the swell, the more dangerous it is.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;It is SHALLOW WITH ROCK ! Bring a helmet if possible and don't try to go for a swim.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Also, bring your booties, anytime, to walk to the waves and to protect your feet while surfing.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;DO NOT fall head first.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Contrarily to most spots on the island, this is a surf-only place : no swimming, no bodysurfing,&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;especially for children. (if you, and only you, want to crush yourself on the reef, it's up to you!)&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If you don't want to drift to La Rochelle city :&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;GO AWAY BEFORE RISING TIDE !

Atmosphere

Great place and a solid surfing experience required : no lifeguards on duty around..
The first and only time i broke a fin because of shallow waters was here. Locals here, as in most parts of the island, are sympathetic and will welcome you if you don't bring 40 friends at a time... just smile and say hello.
On the other side, even if it's not your first time here : DO NOT, i repeat : DO NOT SURF ALONE.

English (Translate this text in English): Great place and a solid surfing experience required : no lifeguards on duty around..<br />The first and only time i broke a fin because of shallow waters was here. Locals here, as in most parts of the island, are sympathetic and will welcome you if you don't bring 40 friends at a time... just smile and say hello.<br />On the other side, even if it's not your first time here : DO NOT, i repeat : DO NOT SURF ALONE.

English (Translate this text in English): Great place and a solid surfing experience required : no lifeguards on duty around..&lt;br &#47;&gt;The first and only time i broke a fin because of shallow waters was here. Locals here, as in most parts of the island, are sympathetic and will welcome you if you don't bring 40 friends at a time... just smile and say hello.&lt;br &#47;&gt;On the other side, even if it's not your first time here : DO NOT, i repeat : DO NOT SURF ALONE.

English (Translate this text in English): Great place and a solid surfing experience required : no lifeguards on duty around..&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The first and only time i broke a fin because of shallow waters was here. Locals here, as in most parts of the island, are sympathetic and will welcome you if you don't bring 40 friends at a time... just smile and say hello.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;On the other side, even if it's not your first time here : DO NOT, i repeat : DO NOT SURF ALONE.

General

Beautiful place to surf (but NOT ALONE !) and to have a walk with your family. You can walk atop the lighthouse in summer (bring some money) and in winter phone before you go, to make sure it open to public.

BONUS : southward, there is another spot called "Les huttes", which is renowed to be the best of the island among lifeguards...and i tell you what, being a former lifeguard and a surfer it is, also, for surfers. Check "Les huttes", on this very web site...
Beware of fishermens nets.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful place to surf (but NOT ALONE !) and to have a walk with your family. You can walk atop the lighthouse in summer (bring some money) and in winter phone before you go, to make sure it open to public.<br /><br />BONUS : southward, there is another spot called &quot;Les huttes&quot;, which is renowed to be the best of the island among lifeguards...and i tell you what, being a former lifeguard and a surfer it is, also, for surfers. Check &quot;Les huttes&quot;, on this very web site...<br />Beware of fishermens nets.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful place to surf (but NOT ALONE !) and to have a walk with your family. You can walk atop the lighthouse in summer (bring some money) and in winter phone before you go, to make sure it open to public.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;BONUS : southward, there is another spot called &amp;quot;Les huttes&amp;quot;, which is renowed to be the best of the island among lifeguards...and i tell you what, being a former lifeguard and a surfer it is, also, for surfers. Check &amp;quot;Les huttes&amp;quot;, on this very web site...&lt;br &#47;&gt;Beware of fishermens nets.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful place to surf (but NOT ALONE !) and to have a walk with your family. You can walk atop the lighthouse in summer (bring some money) and in winter phone before you go, to make sure it open to public.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;BONUS : southward, there is another spot called &amp;amp;quot;Les huttes&amp;amp;quot;, which is renowed to be the best of the island among lifeguards...and i tell you what, being a former lifeguard and a surfer it is, also, for surfers. Check &amp;amp;quot;Les huttes&amp;amp;quot;, on this very web site...&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Beware of fishermens nets.

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By Anonymous , 20-09-2006

"Chassissurf" - Spot of Chassiron is a reeling reefbar left. Hollow, long, rippable at lowtide. Fun and easy at two feet, powerful at 10, it's a good place for experienced surfers who search a real wave in the region.When conditions are favorables and the left is running up, the session could be surprising. Becareful to the rocks.

By anonymous , 26-05-2003

Qui va a Chass pert ca place - Chass, oui c`est un tres bon Spot, ( l`ete faut reussir a se lever tot!)...................................Le Riton

By MaRtiN , 20-04-2003

wat a kunt ! - gidday,iam a local of this spot i have been surfing there for 10years i have my own house on the island and this guy who wrote the message before is a fucking kunt who s trying to scare peolpe from a cool spot which is not even crowndedand he says that u should come with your bike because coz it s easier to fix , he s just talking shit no one 'll try to fuck your car up just get some information about the tides before going coz the current is hell stronghave fun and listen to those knob jokeys

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