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First you go like you are going to Grand Isle. Then you take a right at the sportsman paradise cornerstore which is after you go through Leeville. You stay on this road until you go over a bridge then you take a right.This road takes you to the beach.The first break is right thereb(barges). Another break is to the right all the way down the beach(rock jetty).
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast, East
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
The best surf is usually at the end. Sometimes it gets too blown out and I just go to to the state park at the end of Grand Isle(pier).Its a lot cleaner at the pier. Parking is 2$. About parking on the beach at Fourchon. Make sure the tide cant come up and drag your car out to sea.
The best time you want to look for is when a front is coming and it is pulling air out of the south. You want to be there right after the front passes. We do get some hurricane ground swells, occasionally.
I think it is fun. It is never crowded. At the most 20 people out there. Here are some helpful websites.
By Anonymous , 05-01-2011
Fourchon and Elmer's Island beaches closed - Just wanted to let everyone know, i took a trip down to the fourchon/grand isle area last weekend (12/31/10). This was my first time surfing in Louisiana waters. was especially excited to finally try Fourchon, as i heard it has the best breaks. unfortunately, just before the little bridge you cross to get on the island, there are 2 full-time security guards in a guard booth, stopping regular joe shmos like myself from setting foot on the island. You have to have a specific reason to get on the island. They said it's been closed to public access since the oil spill and will remain closed (in their opinions) for AT LEAST another year. Fourchon is a private island. Half the island is owned by a group of lawyers, and the other half by a big corporation. They are currently in legal battle with BP to make sure they clean every drop of oil off of the beach (which is a good thing), but in the mean time, nobody will be allowed access until this happens.
So, i then drove to the road that takes you to elmer's island, and it was also closed and gaurded by 2 full-time security guards.
Naturally, being the last location left, i continued to grand isle. Turns out, grand isle is the only place in area that has beach access open to the public. That being said, the only area that is technically open is the very western tip of the island, where the jetty and inlet are located. rideable break too!! though it was big and blown out when i was there, the jetty creates a nice, flat, gradual bottom contour where waves break relatively consistently. If i had stayed a couple days till the front passed, i'm almost totally sure that this spot would have been going off with an offshore wind.
If anybody hears of Fourchon or Elmers Island opening back up, it would be great if you could let us know. Likewise, i'll do the same if i hear anything.
By carsbybigd , 26-05-2010
AC360 - Was watching Anderson Cooper on CNN last night May 25 and saw that he was standing on the beach at Fourchon.Lots of oil washing ashore.It also showed BP's chairman walking along the beach with about 50 camera men.I know getting the oil off the beach is important,but did anyone happen to notice the large jetties/breakwalls [running parallell to the beach]about 100yds out in the surf?They are probably covered in oil as well and as long as the waves keep coming in it will wash off more oil to the beach.Grand Isle is also covered on both sides,not to mention all the marshy area's around the West side of the river delta. This is gonna be very costly.
By Frank Dupuy , 15-02-2010
Frank Dupuy - I used to surf Grand Isle, and Fouchon before there a road access. We would paddle through the canals to the beach. We caught some big waves there. That was a long time ago. I just moved back to Louisiana after living in California for 30 years. Are there any old guys still surfing?