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 Fourchon

USA, Gulf Coast, Louisiana

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
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Latitude: 29° 5.203' N
Longitude: 90° 13.324' W

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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).
Take Hwy 308 or 1 south towards Grand Isle[308 is faster has fewer lights and cops]308 ends in Galliano so cross the draw bridge ,go left and stay on 1 until hwy 3090[I believe] or look for "Port of Fourchon" sign.Turn right and follow the road to the beach..hopefully the bridge is still up.You may need a 4X4 to get down to the jetties at Bayou LaFouche.Best break is about 50-100 yds east of the 3 sets of jetties. If it's really big,waves will break inside the channel along the jetties.Don't park too close to the water as a rising tide may claim your vehicle.
check out globalsurfers.com for more info and some old pics

English (Translate this text in English): 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).
Take Hwy 308 or 1 south towards Grand Isle[308 is faster has fewer lights and cops]308 ends in Galliano so cross the draw bridge ,go left and stay on 1 until hwy 3090[I believe] or look for "Port of Fourchon" sign.Turn right and follow the road to the beach..hopefully the bridge is still up.You may need a 4X4 to get down to the jetties at Bayou LaFouche.Best break is about 50-100 yds east of the 3 sets of jetties. If it's really big,waves will break inside the channel along the jetties.Don't park too close to the water as a rising tide may claim your vehicle.
check out globalsurfers.com for more info and some old pics

English (Translate this text in English): 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).
Take Hwy 308 or 1 south towards Grand Isle[308 is faster has fewer lights and cops]308 ends in Galliano so cross the draw bridge ,go left and stay on 1 until hwy 3090[I believe] or look for "Port of Fourchon" sign.Turn right and follow the road to the beach..hopefully the bridge is still up.You may need a 4X4 to get down to the jetties at Bayou LaFouche.Best break is about 50-100 yds east of the 3 sets of jetties. If it's really big,waves will break inside the channel along the jetties.Don't park too close to the water as a rising tide may claim your vehicle.
check out globalsurfers.com for more info and some old pics

English (Translate this text in English): 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).
Take Hwy 308 or 1 south towards Grand Isle[308 is faster has fewer lights and cops]308 ends in Galliano so cross the draw bridge ,go left and stay on 1 until hwy 3090[I believe] or look for "Port of Fourchon" sign.Turn right and follow the road to the beach..hopefully the bridge is still up.You may need a 4X4 to get down to the jetties at Bayou LaFouche.Best break is about 50-100 yds east of the 3 sets of jetties. If it's really big,waves will break inside the channel along the jetties.Don't park too close to the water as a rising tide may claim your vehicle.
check out globalsurfers.com for more info and some old pics

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

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Week crowdEmpty

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- Rocks
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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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

Atmosphere

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

General

I think it is fun. It is never crowded. At the most 20 people out there. Here are some helpful websites.
Buoys: wavcis.csi.lsu.edu/

WaterTemps: www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/boatandbeach/?from=FL

Forcast: www.navo.navy.mil/LIBRARY/Metoc/Caribbean/Gulf+of+Mexico/MODELS/SWAPS/MS+Bight+-+Sig+Wav+Ht+and+Dir+Series/index.html

Forcast: http://www.surfinfo.com/html/gulfwave.html

English (Translate this text in English): I think it is fun. It is never crowded. At the most 20 people out there. Here are some helpful websites.<br />Buoys: wavcis.csi.lsu.edu/<br /><br />WaterTemps: www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/boatandbeach/?from=FL<br /><br />Forcast: www.navo.navy.mil/LIBRARY/Metoc/Caribbean/Gulf+of+Mexico/MODELS/SWAPS/MS+Bight+-+Sig+Wav+Ht+and+Dir+Series/index.html<br /><br />Forcast: http://www.surfinfo.com/html/gulfwave.html

English (Translate this text in English): I think it is fun. It is never crowded. At the most 20 people out there. Here are some helpful websites.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Buoys: wavcis.csi.lsu.edu&#47;&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;WaterTemps: www.weather.com&#47;outlook&#47;recreation&#47;boatandbeach&#47;?from=FL&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Forcast: www.navo.navy.mil&#47;LIBRARY&#47;Metoc&#47;Caribbean&#47;Gulf+of+Mexico&#47;MODELS&#47;SWAPS&#47;MS+Bight+-+Sig+Wav+Ht+and+Dir+Series&#47;index.html&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Forcast: http:&#47;&#47;www.surfinfo.com&#47;html&#47;gulfwave.html

English (Translate this text in English): I think it is fun. It is never crowded. At the most 20 people out there. Here are some helpful websites.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Buoys: wavcis.csi.lsu.edu&amp;#47;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;WaterTemps: www.weather.com&amp;#47;outlook&amp;#47;recreation&amp;#47;boatandbeach&amp;#47;?from=FL&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Forcast: www.navo.navy.mil&amp;#47;LIBRARY&amp;#47;Metoc&amp;#47;Caribbean&amp;#47;Gulf+of+Mexico&amp;#47;MODELS&amp;#47;SWAPS&amp;#47;MS+Bight+-+Sig+Wav+Ht+and+Dir+Series&amp;#47;index.html&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Forcast: http:&amp;#47;&amp;#47;www.surfinfo.com&amp;#47;html&amp;#47;gulfwave.html

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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.

Jeff

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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?

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