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From Quimper city, take direction Audierne (main road D784). Make the 1 hour drive and pass the Goyen river, let the small harbour of Audierne on your left and stay on the upward-going road D784, toward the "Pointe du Raz" (Raz point, which means Current Point in breton language).
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
- Rips / undertow
One of the most powerful and fastest waves of the whole Brittany region (and hollow if you add an offshore wind). Some of the HEAVIEST CURRENTS, too. Apart from that, the main danger of the place is a single big rock which could be underwater at high tide: it is about 50 meters before the cliff of Van point (North side).
The take off is the fastest part of the wave (except when it tubes): do not forget the wax !
One other tip : the name of the spot means Bay of Dead Men because the breton legend says that the Death (the Ankou) comes here by boat once a year to take the dead people toward the Other World.
...And french common-saying states: "Who sees Sein sees his end". Boating around here is not about yachting. See what i mean ?
I can add that Baie de Trepasse is very tubey at low tide and much
mellower at high tide. Something for everyone.
The place is known all around and it can get crowded, especially on weekends or holidays... and especially on smallest swells: all you have to do is wait for some no-beginners conditions.
2 meters swell is a good reference.
Thought, crowd remain really mellow most of the time: just don't snake the wrong person too many times...
If possible, come here during the weekdays and before the wind raises (morning).
Though, the place is pretty nice and you usually can see the sandbar under your feet when you're surfing a wave.
I worked at Audierne for 4 winter months and used to surf the Bay each morning: i sometimes got tubed in a windless fog where i could'nt see the beach from the peak... and i was alone.
Also, the only time in my life where i put on a helmet in the water was here, because i was (again) alone and the waves were 2.5 meters high.
By Anonymous , 02-09-2008
Don't get much better. - Wednesday 27th August 08. Unbelievable!!! Looked mainly blown out due to an unforecast but annoying onshore, but double overhead sets on the rocks delivered probably the best sponging session for 3 years. A totally mental stacked up right-hander just at and around high tide. Man, lost for words, Sucky sections, barrels, tricks to die for. Aerials on just about every ride. Truly magnifique. The french bodyboarding mag was filming two word class spongers and I just helped myself. Stunning location. Stunning bay. Awesome lefts. Oh yes!
By Anonymous , 12-09-2007
Merci - Just had a summer month 'doing' the whole of Britanny. Surfing's certainly taking off, but it's still far less crowded than the Biscay spots and the South West UK which has gone mental with idiots on thrusters who can't surf. Anyway, over a three week period around the Bay d'Audierne in late August, this was by far the most consistent spot. Great sponging waves from low tide reared-up beachies to a formidable right hand shorey on the right of the bay at high tide (just watch for rocks). A bit like a mini version of Watergate in Cornwall, if there's a ripple, this place will pick it up. Get in early (or late) to beat the smallish crowds, but well worth the trek out west. Magnifique.
By G , 26-12-2006
be careful - good waves but when the swell is big, be careful, some sections are very powerful and it is difficult to access behind the wave.
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