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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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 Palplanche

Gabon

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By car right up to Cap lopez, Village des Togolais and then you go through the village and there you are.

English (Translate this text in English): By car right up to Cap lopez, Village des Togolais and then you go through the village and there you are.

English (Translate this text in English): By car right up to Cap lopez, Village des Togolais and then you go through the village and there you are.

English (Translate this text in English): By car right up to Cap lopez, Village des Togolais and then you go through the village and there you are.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Palle Planche

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionLeft

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest

Good wind directionNorthEast

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

Best tide positionLow tide only

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
- Localism
- Sharks
- Nudist colony (France only!)

 Additional Information

Come with several boards, because when it gets big, there is only 50 to 70 cm of water depth from the wave and the bottom bed, as you can break your board very easily. More over you can not buy any surf equipement(no surfshop). Also respect a lot the locals.
Venez

English (Translate this text in English): Come with several boards, because when it gets big, there is only 50 to 70 cm of water depth from the wave and the bottom bed, as you can break your board very easily. More over you can not buy any surf equipement(no surfshop). Also respect a lot the locals.<br />Venez

English (Translate this text in English): Come with several boards, because when it gets big, there is only 50 to 70 cm of water depth from the wave and the bottom bed, as you can break your board very easily. More over you can not buy any surf equipement(no surfshop). Also respect a lot the locals.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Venez

English (Translate this text in English): Come with several boards, because when it gets big, there is only 50 to 70 cm of water depth from the wave and the bottom bed, as you can break your board very easily. More over you can not buy any surf equipement(no surfshop). Also respect a lot the locals.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Venez

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By Anonymous , 21-02-2007

no worries - Alec, you don't need to worry about people overcrowding this spot. Gabon is the most expensive country in the world to fly to and the waves are fickle. I'm sure palplanche is a bomb spot those few days a year when you get those big W/WSW swells, but chances are traveling surfers wont catch those swells. I was in Gabon last august and I didnt meet a single traveling surfer. I love Gabon, but I wouldnt travel back there just for the surfing. now the fishing on the other hand . . .

By Golden Oil Boys in Gabon , 07-06-2006

You French Vampires are mere... - Le monde ne doivent etre 'agreeable' avous just en fait vous etes 'local'. Etes-vous Africain? Au contraire, mon frere, vous etes un homme blanche de France qui a colonize cet part du monde, et maintenant vous voulez respect du monde. Palplanche est un ville de petrol construit d'argent des hommes riche et etranger comme vous-meme. C'est un endroit pour les gens qui vivre sur l'argent des parents ou le petrol d'Afrique. Et maintenant vous demandez le respect du monde? Pourquoi? Vos vagues sont tres petite le pluspart d'anneee et votre mode du exploiter Afrique pour ses riches est tellement un sujet de ridicule. Votre pays (France) ont fait des negotiations avec Saddam Hussein pour petrol pendant sa son petrol etait interdit par le UN. Vos citoyens sont rapide a critiqent le USA, mais leurs mains sont sale avec de huile du Mid-East et Afrique aussie.

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