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Latitude: 46° 0.293' N
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Take the bridge to léron island and head North toward Saint Denis.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Hard to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Fun, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
Swells from SW need to be bigger than NW or N ones,
because of the general oceanography of the island.
When this place is on fire, you won't believe your
eyes : four or five peaks, lefts and rights,
tubing, hollow and without much water underneath.
In this case, it becomes an experienced-surfers spot only.
Most of the time, however, there will only be one
or two peaks breaking in the shorebreak.
Come early in the morning or during school/work season
(which is everything but summer).
The place CAN GET DANGEROUS because of rip currents
and powerful waves in shallow waters.
DO NOT fall head first and WATCH your kids if the
want to bathe or even walk close to the sea.
Drownings occur each year, mostly by lack of parent or friends-watch.
The wave in itself is a good one : powerful, fast, but (hell!) too short.
Except in summer when tourists lifeguards and
:§%*! parisians on bodyboards play against you,
it is a relaxing place.
You will feel secure BUT stay aware of what's going on :
rip currents can be as strong as they are sudden
and, still, the lower the swell, the closer the bottom.
You can get there with family and friends for "pic-nic"
and a mellow day at the beach.
Once again : if there's swell, DO NOT go for a long swim
seaward and keep an eye on each other.
(You may think i'm obsessed, but i worked there as a lifeguard
and some kids must thank me each morning to see the sun shine.
See what i mean ?)
"Les huttes" is THE place to check when the wind is
E and the swell is NW 2 meters+
BONUS : northward is the reef spot called Chassiron,
also on this very web site...
By Yannick Yellow board , 19-12-2000
Man-made dangers - Well... "man-made dangers" may not be an obvious danger over here...It mainly is about those yellow buoys floating around (summertime) to materialize the swimmers-only zone.Sure, you have to be a bit silly to crash yourself into one of them, but hey ! Surf sometimes breakat strange places on the beach and, that is, sometimes very close to those damn things.
By email@example.com , 20-11-2000
good too - Its one of the best spot in Oleron. But the big problem is really the overcrowded.But I've a big doubt about man-made dangers, because i use to surf over there since 4 years ago and i've neverseen those things.
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