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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 31 0
Mediterranean 64 0
Corsica 22 0
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Le Gurp
De yann
20 oct. 2014
Tubular lefts - This morning : the buoy was  3m, 11s. At low tide, waves were small and hollow (1.20m). We waited a little with Dahomey. With the incoming tide, waves became bigger : a tubular 1.50m sometimes  2mon the best. Dahomey has taken ple
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Le Gurp
De yann
18 oct. 2014
Power brown waves - Angry Locals, Angry Waves : it was a good session. Waves were difficult to catch but it was a good seson though and I was happy to sur. The point was I could have take my 6'4" but the peak was moving a lot so my 6'8" was a go
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Le pelican mort
De yann
18 oct. 2014
My Own Guiness Book - What a session ! I got 52 waves.... Ok it doesn't matter in fact. But it was so much fun ! Waves were small but punchy and tubular.   The session started slowly in the fog. Waves were powerless and Tibok started to pertub my surf
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Le pelican mort
De yann
28 sept. 2014
P-E-R-F-E-C-T - The swell has increased since the day before. A first group of surfers stayed en the hight tide peak (I was there) and the second group went up north. I just got perfect waves : a A frame peak, fast but not too much, hollow but always makeable ! A
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Le pelican mort
De yann
27 sept. 2014
4 Hours of fun - Early in the morning, early in the water  with the "grilled bread team". We started on a high tide peak. I got powerful waves end good lefts (with tubes). Then a second wave, a right, started to work. I have to came back as it turned
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Trip: Anglet, France - 40th Anniversary
By herwig
From Jun 19, 2014 to Jul 2, 2014
In 1974 at the age of 20 four fullgrown landlubbers drove down to s/w France on a VW Bug with 34HP. It took us two days to make the 1500kms from Germany to the Basque County. This trip changed my life completely!  So, 40 ye
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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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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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