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Latitude: 46° 2.905' N
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Take the bridge to Oléron island and head North, toward "St Denis" and the Chassiron point and lighthouse.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Ledgey
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 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid tide
Best tide movementFalling tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
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 !
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.
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.
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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