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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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 France

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France has some of the best beach breaks in the world and a lot of various spots (reef, rivermouth,etc..). The nightlife is pretty hot and the wine destroies your legs for the morning session. you just can't say you surf if you don't pass on summer in France in your life.
Location: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain
Geographic coordinates: 46 00 N, 2 00 E
Coastline: 3,427 km
Climate: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral
Terrain: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east
Natural hazards: flooding; avalanches
Currency: euro (EUR)

Location: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain.
Geographic coordinates: 46° 0' N, 2° 0' E
Coastline km: 3,427 Km km
Climate: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral
Terrain: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east
Elevation: lowest point: Rhone River delta -2 m highest point: Mont Blanc 4,807 m
Natural hazards: flooding; avalanches; midwinter windstorms; drought; forest fires in south near the Mediterranean
Currency: Euro
Population: 60,424,213 (July 2004 est.)
Languages: French 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)
Capital: Paris
Divisions: 22 regions (regions, singular - region); Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comte, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Rhone-Alpes note: metropolitan France is divided into 22 regions (including the "territorial collectivity" of Corse or Corsica) and is subdivided into 96 departments; see separate entries for the overseas departments (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion) and the overseas territorial collectivities (Mayotte, Saint Pierre and Miquelon)

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Zones (10) Surf Spots Sub zones
Normandy 51 0
Brittanny North 50 0
Brittany South 47 0
Vendee 23 0
Charente Maritime 24 0
Gironde 33 0
Landes 27 0
Basque Country 31 0
Mediterranean 64 0
Corsica 22 0
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 Last surf sessions

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Nez Bayard
De yann
Dez 23, 2014
Not so bad - NW swell : 1,5.m : it was enough. SW wind. I found fun small waves. Not very long but enough to surf. Not my best session here, not my worse.
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Le Truc Vert
De yann
Dez 14, 2014
Ouch ! - The swell was awful. It was powerful. We just got waveds on our head with tibok... It was ugl. I took the first wave available to come back...
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Soulac
De yann
Dez 7, 2014
Cold - Cold : -5°C in the morning. We wen to Carcans (big mushy multipeak), Le Pin Sec (big mushy multipeak), Le Gurp (surfable but multipeak) then Soulac. Ooops it was small and tubular. It was obviously not very good but I wanted to surf ! I go
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Le Gurp
De yann
Nov 29, 2014
Topissime - That was big and powerful! The final impression of the session will depend on each (it was rotten or it was over the top).  When I arrived, the waves seemed "small" 1.5m. I wanted to take my 6'4 "But I knew the saying of
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Le pelican mort
De yann
Nov 28, 2014
Perfect - We expected only small waves due to stong wind. When we arrived, a beautiful A-Frames peak was cranking... No one.  We started to surf the right : a long drop then a long (a bit powerless) wall then a funny opening shorebreak. I have done
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Viagem: Anglet, France - 40th Anniversary
De herwig
Do Jun 19, 2014 ao Jul 2, 2014
In 1974 at the age of 20 four fullgrown landlubbers drove down to s/w France on a VW Bug with 34HP. It took us two days to make the 1500kms from Germany to the Basque County. This trip changed my life completely!  So, 40 ye
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Viagem: annual week in brittany
De Pisco23
Do Jul 3, 2011 ao Jul 8, 2011
staying with friends, sun, rain tarrot and some surfing
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Viagem: Carcans 2010
De Pepito
Do Jun 11, 2010 ao Set 11, 2010

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Viagem: Advancing
De Mathrim
Do Jul 9, 2010 ao Jul 16, 2010

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Viagem: week in Brittany
De Pisco23
Do Jul 3, 2010 ao Jul 10, 2010
A week in beautiful Ile Tudy and some visits to la Torche
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By valtherat , 06-07-2013

Places to stay - Can anyone recommend a good and cheap place to stay along south coast of france...Arcachon to Biarritz ...know it's a long stretch but planning to spend a couple of weeks along this coast. Tx

By Ruben00 , 05-04-2013

Hossegor info - Hi there, I'm looking for information about Hossegor spot and quality of waves.. I sign in a contest by Jeep but I don't know anything about Hossegor..there will be pro surfer with me and if they choose me I want to be able to surf well.
Can someone help me?

By ocean gypsy surf , 25-07-2011

Surfboard hire nr Hossegor - Hi
if you need to hire a performance surfboard from Biarritz to Hossegor check out
www.oceangypsysurf.com

We're just waiting for the on-shore winds to let up!!

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