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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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 France

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France has some of the best beach breaks in the world and a lot of various spots (reef, rivermouth,etc..). The nightlife is pretty hot and the wine destroies your legs for the morning session. you just can't say you surf if you don't pass on summer in France in your life.
Location: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain
Geographic coordinates: 46 00 N, 2 00 E
Coastline: 3,427 km
Climate: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral
Terrain: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east
Natural hazards: flooding; avalanches
Currency: euro (EUR)

Location: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain.
Geographic coordinates: 46° 0' N, 2° 0' E
Coastline km: 3,427 Km km
Climate: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral
Terrain: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east
Elevation: lowest point: Rhone River delta -2 m highest point: Mont Blanc 4,807 m
Natural hazards: flooding; avalanches; midwinter windstorms; drought; forest fires in south near the Mediterranean
Currency: Euro
Population: 60,424,213 (July 2004 est.)
Languages: French 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)
Capital: Paris
Divisions: 22 regions (regions, singular - region); Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comte, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Rhone-Alpes note: metropolitan France is divided into 22 regions (including the "territorial collectivity" of Corse or Corsica) and is subdivided into 96 departments; see separate entries for the overseas departments (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion) and the overseas territorial collectivities (Mayotte, Saint Pierre and Miquelon)

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Normandy 51 0
Brittanny North 50 0
Brittany South 47 0
Vendee 23 0
Charente Maritime 24 0
Gironde 33 0
Landes 27 0
Basque Country 30 0
Mediterranean 63 0
Corsica 22 0
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 Last surf sessions

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Soustons - Plage de l'océan
By yann
Apr 21, 2014
Solid - After a breakfas, I came back but went through the forest a little south. I found 2 waves : a punchy left and a long right. I surfed the punchy left only 30min because the tide getiing low, the current was too strong to stay at the peak. then I sur
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Soustons - Plage de l'océan
By yann
Apr 21, 2014
Good surprise - At the sunshine, I was alone : waves were bigger than expected. And the wind was offshore. The wave started with a bowl when there was a long long right wall. I stayed alone for one hour. I got fast rights and I have done long turns. So good ! That
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Soustons - Plage de l'océan
By yann
Apr 20, 2014
Just for few waves - Forecasts were not good. So I just waited for the wind to fall. Waves were small. But it was good to sur. Nothing special.
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Le pelican mort
By yann
Apr 12, 2014
Fail - Waves were not as good as expected : mellow waves with some good sections. I didn't have the good board (too thin). I tried Dahomey's board : the JS kingpin (5'8", 19'1/4, 2 1/4 flat deck). it was very good : I have done an aer
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Le Truc Vert
By yann
Apr 10, 2014
Commitment - With Tibok and Dahomey, it was low tide but we found the famous spot all for ourself. So we took plenty of waves. I used my 6'2". When there is no current, it's an easy board and I got several bombs. A A frame (size doubled) on a shall
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Trip: annual week in brittany
By Pisco23
From Jul 3, 2011 to Jul 8, 2011
staying with friends, sun, rain tarrot and some surfing
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Trip: Carcans 2010
By Pepito
From Jun 11, 2010 to Sep 11, 2010

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Trip: Advancing
By Mathrim
From Jul 9, 2010 to Jul 16, 2010

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Trip: week in Brittany
By Pisco23
From Jul 3, 2010 to Jul 10, 2010
A week in beautiful Ile Tudy and some visits to la Torche
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Trip: Gateau Basque
By herwig
From Jun 18, 2010 to Jul 6, 2010
From Bayonne to Bilbao and back again we had very different weeks. First there was a good swell but 3-4bf wind from north direction botched the lineup, then there was next to no wind but with the wind the swell disappeared, too. Finally we hat 3 mete
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By valtherat , 06-07-2013

Places to stay - Can anyone recommend a good and cheap place to stay along south coast of france...Arcachon to Biarritz ...know it's a long stretch but planning to spend a couple of weeks along this coast. Tx

By Ruben00 , 05-04-2013

Hossegor info - Hi there, I'm looking for information about Hossegor spot and quality of waves.. I sign in a contest by Jeep but I don't know anything about Hossegor..there will be pro surfer with me and if they choose me I want to be able to surf well.
Can someone help me?

By ocean gypsy surf , 25-07-2011

Surfboard hire nr Hossegor - Hi
if you need to hire a performance surfboard from Biarritz to Hossegor check out
www.oceangypsysurf.com

We're just waiting for the on-shore winds to let up!!

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