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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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 Guernsey - Fort Le Marchant

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 Access

Head for east side of Fort Le Marchant headland, once on common land keep to right and park in carpark atop the small cliff overlooking the break, the fort is on headland to your left. Rarely car access can be restricted as there is a gun range at the fort right next to the break.

English (Translate this text in English): Head for east side of Fort Le Marchant headland, once on common land keep to right and park in carpark atop the small cliff overlooking the break, the fort is on headland to your left. Rarely car access can be restricted as there is a gun range at the fort right next to the break.

English (Translate this text in English): Head for east side of Fort Le Marchant headland, once on common land keep to right and park in carpark atop the small cliff overlooking the break, the fort is on headland to your left. Rarely car access can be restricted as there is a gun range at the fort right next to the break.

English (Translate this text in English): Head for east side of Fort Le Marchant headland, once on common land keep to right and park in carpark atop the small cliff overlooking the break, the fort is on headland to your left. Rarely car access can be restricted as there is a gun range at the fort right next to the break.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionLeft

BottomBoulders

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouthWest, South

Swell sizeStarts working at 2.5m-3m / 8ft-10ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementFalling tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

This spot generally only works during large winter storms that produce enough swell to rap into the sheltered northerly facing bay (rarely works on large ground-swells). The bonus of the situation is that the predominate SW winds produced by these storms means that this place is generally offshore when breaking. In these conditions head down here at mid-tide on a falling tide. Access into the water is through a small gully below the carpark, the paddle out is easy as a rip runs parallel to the point straight through the take-off zone. The waves only starts to break at around the 5ft mark alongside a group of rocks that become dry as the tide drops. Take-off can be hairy as the wave jacks-up surprising quickly, if you are not committed when big you will very much regret it!! The initial section consists of a powerful and hollow wall that allows the opportunity for a couple of decent moves before the waves then starts to slow and flatten out as it breaks further out into the channel. It's an idea to keep a constant eye on the outside as sets are often masked by the rocks around the headland and can sneak in quickly, you do not want to be on the inside when a big set rolls in!! Generally best for a couple of hours after mid-tide, the wave becomes inconsistant and shallow on the inside at low tide.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot generally only works during large winter storms that produce enough swell to rap into the sheltered northerly facing bay (rarely works on large ground-swells). The bonus of the situation is that the predominate SW winds produced by these storms means that this place is generally offshore when breaking. In these conditions head down here at mid-tide on a falling tide. Access into the water is through a small gully below the carpark, the paddle out is easy as a rip runs parallel to the point straight through the take-off zone. The waves only starts to break at around the 5ft mark alongside a group of rocks that become dry as the tide drops. Take-off can be hairy as the wave jacks-up surprising quickly, if you are not committed when big you will very much regret it!! The initial section consists of a powerful and hollow wall that allows the opportunity for a couple of decent moves before the waves then starts to slow and flatten out as it breaks further out into the channel. It's an idea to keep a constant eye on the outside as sets are often masked by the rocks around the headland and can sneak in quickly, you do not want to be on the inside when a big set rolls in!! Generally best for a couple of hours after mid-tide, the wave becomes inconsistant and shallow on the inside at low tide.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot generally only works during large winter storms that produce enough swell to rap into the sheltered northerly facing bay (rarely works on large ground-swells). The bonus of the situation is that the predominate SW winds produced by these storms means that this place is generally offshore when breaking. In these conditions head down here at mid-tide on a falling tide. Access into the water is through a small gully below the carpark, the paddle out is easy as a rip runs parallel to the point straight through the take-off zone. The waves only starts to break at around the 5ft mark alongside a group of rocks that become dry as the tide drops. Take-off can be hairy as the wave jacks-up surprising quickly, if you are not committed when big you will very much regret it!! The initial section consists of a powerful and hollow wall that allows the opportunity for a couple of decent moves before the waves then starts to slow and flatten out as it breaks further out into the channel. It's an idea to keep a constant eye on the outside as sets are often masked by the rocks around the headland and can sneak in quickly, you do not want to be on the inside when a big set rolls in!! Generally best for a couple of hours after mid-tide, the wave becomes inconsistant and shallow on the inside at low tide.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot generally only works during large winter storms that produce enough swell to rap into the sheltered northerly facing bay (rarely works on large ground-swells). The bonus of the situation is that the predominate SW winds produced by these storms means that this place is generally offshore when breaking. In these conditions head down here at mid-tide on a falling tide. Access into the water is through a small gully below the carpark, the paddle out is easy as a rip runs parallel to the point straight through the take-off zone. The waves only starts to break at around the 5ft mark alongside a group of rocks that become dry as the tide drops. Take-off can be hairy as the wave jacks-up surprising quickly, if you are not committed when big you will very much regret it!! The initial section consists of a powerful and hollow wall that allows the opportunity for a couple of decent moves before the waves then starts to slow and flatten out as it breaks further out into the channel. It's an idea to keep a constant eye on the outside as sets are often masked by the rocks around the headland and can sneak in quickly, you do not want to be on the inside when a big set rolls in!! Generally best for a couple of hours after mid-tide, the wave becomes inconsistant and shallow on the inside at low tide.

Atmosphere

Rarely crowded, it is a very peaceful spot with beautiful rugged scenery.

English (Translate this text in English): Rarely crowded, it is a very peaceful spot with beautiful rugged scenery.

English (Translate this text in English): Rarely crowded, it is a very peaceful spot with beautiful rugged scenery.

English (Translate this text in English): Rarely crowded, it is a very peaceful spot with beautiful rugged scenery.

General

Local opinion on this spot is mixed, some believe it is over-rating and just basically a heavy drop. Others, including myself, are of the opinion that when firing this spot can be epic and provides a unique opportunity to experience waves with power rarely found on Guernsey. Unfortunately these days only occur a few times year!

English (Translate this text in English): Local opinion on this spot is mixed, some believe it is over-rating and just basically a heavy drop. Others, including myself, are of the opinion that when firing this spot can be epic and provides a unique opportunity to experience waves with power rarely found on Guernsey. Unfortunately these days only occur a few times year!

English (Translate this text in English): Local opinion on this spot is mixed, some believe it is over-rating and just basically a heavy drop. Others, including myself, are of the opinion that when firing this spot can be epic and provides a unique opportunity to experience waves with power rarely found on Guernsey. Unfortunately these days only occur a few times year!

English (Translate this text in English): Local opinion on this spot is mixed, some believe it is over-rating and just basically a heavy drop. Others, including myself, are of the opinion that when firing this spot can be epic and provides a unique opportunity to experience waves with power rarely found on Guernsey. Unfortunately these days only occur a few times year!

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By not so thanks , 13-05-2005

idiots - i'd say its rather more like 2ft, unless youve been snorting magical cows! coool maan

By anonymous , 18-12-2002

donkies - about 3-4 you inbred fools.

By Mr. Ed , 13-11-2002

that big... - That is no more than a 5 foot wave, mabe 10 foot on the face, no more no less...

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