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Does France have the best sandbanks on the planet???? #2864884
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Could be. At low tide you can see mushroom shaped sandbars on the beaches. Not sure what causes them, but they are facelick beer


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Topless beaches are a fine garnish on a quality beachie.

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Yes, always amazed how good it gets. Only fly in the ointment is the huge tides.

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Originally Posted By: acnjusa
Topless beaches are a fine garnish on a quality beachie.
plus French munchies to snack on before and after. might be the perfect beachbreak.


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Originally Posted By: mundus
Yes, always amazed how good it gets. Only fly in the ointment is the huge tides.


Huge tides are part of what makes the bars so good.


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12 feet of change in 6 hours means you might not even get a chance at a good one.

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It looks earily similar to Newport beach breaks.

But I recon it's better more often then here?


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Originally Posted By: Duffy
Originally Posted By: mundus
Yes, always amazed how good it gets. Only fly in the ointment is the huge tides.


Huge tides are part of what makes the bars so good.


This.

High Tide or Low Tide???

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Pretty much all there is from Biarritz North to Bordeaux and above. Drove a bunch of it. Somewhere there is a good sandbar.

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I've seen videos of WWII Spitfires landing on those beaches at low tide.

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Originally Posted By: mundus
Yes, always amazed how good it gets. Only fly in the ointment is the huge tides.


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Originally Posted By: Leaverite
I've seen videos of WWII Spitfires landing on those beaches at low tide.


that was one of the better scenes from Dunkirk

that area is so beautiful

what a great way of life. the bay of biscay guys are so much more
tightly dialed on tide, wind, swell, and weather in general. they deal
with much tighter windows and have to play smart.



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Epic beach breaks. So fun!! One of the best places for a Fall early Winter surf trip there is.

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Originally Posted By: npsp
Epic beach breaks. So fun!! One of the best places for a Fall early Winter surf trip there is.


What is the probability of skunkage?

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Originally Posted By: Duffy
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Yes, always amazed how good it gets. Only fly in the ointment is the huge tides.


Huge tides are part of what makes the bars so good.

Think so? New England has some massive tide changes and the sandbars (for the most part) are pathetic.

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Originally Posted By: manbearpig
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Yes, always amazed how good it gets. Only fly in the ointment is the huge tides.


Huge tides are part of what makes the bars so good.

Think so? New England has some massive tide changes and the sandbars (for the most part) are pathetic.


Tidal swings are just one of the factors but a major one I would guess. Just take a look of Google Earth Sat images and follow the coast north. The sand banks are boner inducing.

You also have multiple jetties in that area, a deep underwater canyon leading right into that area, and a very large jetty near Bayonne that's going to hold a lot of sand. Also Arachon Bay to the north.

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Jetties help big time for sure.

But even those situations in NE the big tide swings just flatten out all the beaches and keep them fairly shallow for a long ways. This isnt always the case though; but generally it is.

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One must also consider the important effects of offshore canyons.

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The tide swings in North Florida are about 6ft or so most days, and down in Sebastian/Palm Beach, the tide swings are more like 2.5

The waves tend to be steeper and thumpier down there, and they have a shorter, steeper beach, and North Florida tends to have more of a flat, broad beach, with softer waves. The flip side is, the steep beach often has no inside bar/bank and the sandbar floods easily, especially considering how rarely it's above chest-shoulder high.

I read something in a surf mag years ago that Napoleon or someone modified a river's course and that this played a role.

Also casa_mugrienta, I asked at length about these beachbreaks at another beachbreak. Consensus seemed to be that there is more current in France, the tide swings are hard to nail the exact time, and it's subject to feast or famine temperate latitude weather issues and crowding. Expensive and car required. Obviously the blown out day side opportunities in France, well, yeah.

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There is cheap real estate in France.

A lot of the workers are fleeing the countryside to look for work.

Living in the french country side sounds like?


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Originally Posted By: Autoprax
Living in the french country side sounds like?


It sounds like it's for people with so much money they can pull Amber Heard in their 50s.

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Headed there in two weeks. Stoked!!!


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Originally Posted By: npsp
Epic beach breaks. So fun!! One of the best places for a Fall early Winter surf trip there is.


plus un

also the variety of swell exposure and breaks from Anglet to Mundaka is ridiculous

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Originally Posted By: Bonzer5Fin
Headed there in two weeks. Stoked!!!


it was better yesterday...er, you should have been there October 9 or April 2018.

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Originally Posted By: Sharkbiscuit
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Living in the french country side sounds like?


It sounds like it's for people with so much money they can pull Amber Heard in their 50s.


My pad won't be as nice as Amber's.

Think: corner of the barn.

As long as I have wifi so I can still post here.


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Originally Posted By: manbearpig
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Yes, always amazed how good it gets. Only fly in the ointment is the huge tides.


Huge tides are part of what makes the bars so good.

Think so? New England has some massive tide changes and the sandbars (for the most part) are pathetic.


Part of....


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Originally Posted By: manbearpig
Jetties help big time for sure.

But even those situations in NE the big tide swings just flatten out all the beaches and keep them fairly shallow for a long ways. This isnt always the case though; but generally it is.


Long flat spells will do that....


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My point on the tide is that it makes the magic banks short lived.

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I think the closest analogy to SW France is Monterey Bay from Marina to La Selva. You have a deep offshore canyon and wide open beach. However, you can pretty well predict whether Monterey Bay will be good if you know swell and wind direction.

I dont think the NE US is the same because of the continental shelf. Tend to be shorter period swells.

France is kind of like Monterey Bay, just 100x longer, but less predictable. A peak can work for 20 minutes, then start closing out. Or you'll be surfing 50 meters off the beach, then it starts breaking 200 meters further out.

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Originally Posted By: Peter1
I think the closest analogy to SW France is Monterey Bay from Marina to La Selva. You have a deep offshore canyon and wide open beach. However, you can pretty well predict whether Monterey Bay will be good if you know swell and wind direction.

I dont think the NE US is the same because of the continental shelf. Tend to be shorter period swells.

France is kind of like Monterey Bay, just 100x longer, but less predictable. A peak can work for 20 minutes, then start closing out. Or you'll be surfing 50 meters off the beach, then it starts breaking 200 meters further out.

I see your point in regards to aspect and off shore bathymetry, but I don't think the actual sandbars are a fair comparison shrug I realize you live in France and have more on the ground experience with that area than most here, but I don't think the sandbars in Marina or Aptos look anything like Le Penon shrug


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Originally Posted By: grapedrink
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I think the closest analogy to SW France is Monterey Bay from Marina to La Selva. You have a deep offshore canyon and wide open beach. However, you can pretty well predict whether Monterey Bay will be good if you know swell and wind direction.

I dont think the NE US is the same because of the continental shelf. Tend to be shorter period swells.

France is kind of like Monterey Bay, just 100x longer, but less predictable. A peak can work for 20 minutes, then start closing out. Or you'll be surfing 50 meters off the beach, then it starts breaking 200 meters further out.

I see your point in regards to aspect and off shore bathymetry, but I don't think the actual sandbars are a fair comparison shrug I realize you live in France and have more on the ground experience with that area than most here, but I don't think the sandbars in Marina or Aptos look anything like Le Penon shrug


There is always a couple of months that are ridiculously good. Sand points for miles.

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Originally Posted By: beerbelly
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I think the closest analogy to SW France is Monterey Bay from Marina to La Selva. You have a deep offshore canyon and wide open beach. However, you can pretty well predict whether Monterey Bay will be good if you know swell and wind direction.

I dont think the NE US is the same because of the continental shelf. Tend to be shorter period swells.

France is kind of like Monterey Bay, just 100x longer, but less predictable. A peak can work for 20 minutes, then start closing out. Or you'll be surfing 50 meters off the beach, then it starts breaking 200 meters further out.

I see your point in regards to aspect and off shore bathymetry, but I don't think the actual sandbars are a fair comparison shrug I realize you live in France and have more on the ground experience with that area than most here, but I don't think the sandbars in Marina or Aptos look anything like Le Penon shrug


There is always a couple of months that are ridiculously good. Sand points for miles.


Is early December in that span or no?

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Depends on storms. December is usually stormy. Feb and March are usually the call.

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Depends on storms. December is usually stormy. Feb and March are usually the call.

Makes sense, but maybe France has more consistent sandbars on a year round basis because of more rainfall shrug


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The best sandbars are caused by underground aquifers. Always was my theory until a friends mom who works in that field backed me up. Every year the same bars reappear and break the same.

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Originally Posted By: beerbelly
Depends on storms. December is usually stormy. Feb and March are usually the call.

Makes sense, but maybe France has more consistent sandbars on a year round basis because of more rainfall shrug


Was thinking the same thing. Year round rain is good for sandbars.

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Originally Posted By: bird.
Originally Posted By: grapedrink
Originally Posted By: beerbelly
Depends on storms. December is usually stormy. Feb and March are usually the call.

Makes sense, but maybe France has more consistent sandbars on a year round basis because of more rainfall shrug


Was thinking the same thing. Year round rain is good for sandbars.


Yeah but a good stretch of 20 foot swell kinda rearranges things. Luckily that happens here .

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Originally Posted By: mundus
Yes, always amazed how good it gets. Only fly in the ointment is the huge tides.


Huge tides are part of what makes the bars so good.


If you think Biscay has huge tides, you've never seen Cornwall tides.

25-50ft tides and sandbars are nowhere near as good as Hossegor.

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Originally Posted By: FecalFace
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Yes, always amazed how good it gets. Only fly in the ointment is the huge tides.


Huge tides are part of what makes the bars so good.


If you think Biscay has huge tides, you've never seen Cornwall tides.

25-50ft tides and sandbars are nowhere near as good as Hossegor.





he isn't wrong as he said it's part of what makes them good.

I have yet to see better sandbanks in my 32 years of surfing and in 25 countries I've surfed, some of them behave more like reefbreaks when they are on.


Like a blind man at an orgie, I was gonna have to feel my way around.
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I keep thinking this thread is about those fresh baguette sandwiches you can grab after work for 2-3 euro with some cured meat and cheese.

So good! I get 2-3, stuff my pockets and Im set for the walk/metro back home.

What a country!

Would love to hear more about offshore canyons and the effect on a sand bank. Particular stretch in SD comes to mind here...

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