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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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 Le Pin Sec

France, Gironde

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 45° 16.109' N
Longitude: 1° 9.976' W

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When you get off the boat at Soulac, after crossing the gironde river,or from Bordeaux, head for Hourtin, Le Pin Sec is sign-posted on the way, its only about 15 mins north of Hourtin.

English (Translate this text in English): When you get off the boat at Soulac, after crossing the gironde river,or from Bordeaux, head for Hourtin, Le Pin Sec is sign-posted on the way, its only about 15 mins north of Hourtin.

English (Translate this text in English): When you get off the boat at Soulac, after crossing the gironde river,or from Bordeaux, head for Hourtin, Le Pin Sec is sign-posted on the way, its only about 15 mins north of Hourtin.

English (Translate this text in English): When you get off the boat at Soulac, after crossing the gironde river,or from Bordeaux, head for Hourtin, Le Pin Sec is sign-posted on the way, its only about 15 mins north of Hourtin.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

The spot is just over the dunes from this campsite, right on the beach. If you see some bunkers burried in the sand then you know you're at the right place!

English (Translate this text in English): The spot is just over the dunes from this campsite, right on the beach. If you see some bunkers burried in the sand then you know you're at the right place!

English (Translate this text in English): The spot is just over the dunes from this campsite, right on the beach. If you see some bunkers burried in the sand then you know you're at the right place!

English (Translate this text in English): The spot is just over the dunes from this campsite, right on the beach. If you see some bunkers burried in the sand then you know you're at the right place!

Atmosphere

We stopped off at Le Pin Sec on the way down to Lacanau, for the first session of the trip. Looked about 2-3ft from the dune, was actually more like 5ft, and then some when the tide dropped! Considering this was mid-august, I thought the place was pretty sick. Not one person in sight until about mid-day, all learners, so many peaks....mmmmmmmmmmmm.

English (Translate this text in English): We stopped off at Le Pin Sec on the way down to Lacanau, for the first session of the trip. Looked about 2-3ft from the dune, was actually more like 5ft, and then some when the tide dropped! Considering this was mid-august, I thought the place was pretty sick. Not one person in sight until about mid-day, all learners, so many peaks....mmmmmmmmmmmm.

English (Translate this text in English): We stopped off at Le Pin Sec on the way down to Lacanau, for the first session of the trip. Looked about 2-3ft from the dune, was actually more like 5ft, and then some when the tide dropped! Considering this was mid-august, I thought the place was pretty sick. Not one person in sight until about mid-day, all learners, so many peaks....mmmmmmmmmmmm.

English (Translate this text in English): We stopped off at Le Pin Sec on the way down to Lacanau, for the first session of the trip. Looked about 2-3ft from the dune, was actually more like 5ft, and then some when the tide dropped! Considering this was mid-august, I thought the place was pretty sick. Not one person in sight until about mid-day, all learners, so many peaks....mmmmmmmmmmmm.

General

Uncrowded for sure, I surfed it with a friend, never once talked to anyone else, nobody about! let alone get hassled for a wave. Loads of food places on the dune, and 2 cafe's. Look north, nobody, look south, nobody, sweet.

English (Translate this text in English): Uncrowded for sure, I surfed it with a friend, never once talked to anyone else, nobody about! let alone get hassled for a wave. Loads of food places on the dune, and 2 cafe's. Look north, nobody, look south, nobody, sweet.

English (Translate this text in English): Uncrowded for sure, I surfed it with a friend, never once talked to anyone else, nobody about! let alone get hassled for a wave. Loads of food places on the dune, and 2 cafe's. Look north, nobody, look south, nobody, sweet.

English (Translate this text in English): Uncrowded for sure, I surfed it with a friend, never once talked to anyone else, nobody about! let alone get hassled for a wave. Loads of food places on the dune, and 2 cafe's. Look north, nobody, look south, nobody, sweet.

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Le Pin Sec
By yann
Jan 4, 2013
Disappointed - Sometimes every elements are here but it doesn't mean a good session. Long swell but too long (13s period), no wind. I went to Le grand Crohot and found perfect waves but they were unsurfable: the peak moved too much and it seem impossible to c
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Le Pin Sec
By yann
Sep 20, 2012
Crowded - First session since a long time. No sandbanks along the coast except here:  it's crowded. The locals are angry... I got good waves but my balance is still very very bad...
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Le Pin Sec
By yann
Oct 13, 2009
Power on my head ! - Ouch: 1.5m, 12 s period... we went to the north  and found some really powerful waves. It was in fact a big shorebreak which opened from time to time. I get tubes and mutant waves (larger than high...). It was a hard but fun session.
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Le Pin Sec
By yann
Jan 11, 2009
Good and hollow - I went to Le Porge but it was only a big close-out . I checked to the south and to the north: nothing, the period of the swell was too long. I went to Le Pin Sec. It was a good option. I have surfed a strange bowl. it was a left which started
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Le Pin Sec
By yann
Dec 7, 2008
Good - Haaa; After 3 weeks of no surf, tempest and so on, I got a really fun session. The swell was 2.5m yesterday and juste drop down at 1.2m. We found funny waves, pretty long and easy to take. I surfed 33 waves !!!! VIDEO YOU TUBE &nbs
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By Anonymous , 19-02-2009

Lovely place, lovely people - I got very nice memories of that place. Just found it on google earth. Been there several times when I was a little younger (now about 30 :-)).
I'm not a surfer but I met some of you. Without me n my friends speaking french too good or them english we had a very nice time communicating by laughing ;-) Thanks 4 that!
The camping site was always simple (toilets) but cheap, never any problems with the neighbours. The nights we used to sit at a fire in the dunes (don't know if that's still possible) playing guitar, drinking, having fun, great times and nice people there!

Greetings from Germany, don't drown!

By Anonymous , 24-04-2008

beginner - hohoho
i love PIN SEC it is so a lovely place and i nice spot -i think so- i learned surfing last year at pin sec and we had such a good time with the teacher (nice guy) so now i tried to surf more- (i go to canary this winter yeah for surf lessons!)this summer i will comme back to the pin sec..see you there. tomtom

By René (Dutch Surf Experience) , 18-10-2007

Amen! - That's the spirit...
Lovely to see it's still pumpin' at PS. Can't wait to get back there next summer. And hopefully the sand bars will be as exceptionally good as they were this year. I (and some with me, Sven for instance) will never forget the early morning session on BIG Sunday in the beginning of august! Blazing offshore wind, huge waves and perfectly clean. No crowds at all, since it was really big:-)
Yeah, want to have an onther go!!

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