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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.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Fun
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
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
- Rips / undertow
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!
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.
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.
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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