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La Côte Basque Surfing

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The ?Côte Basque? shares many characteristics with the north-facing Spanish coast and is blessed with some decent submarine geology. Slabs of reef dot the coast, focusing some of the most organised and unadulterated swell trains into scary, big wave arenas. There are also coves, headlands and a series of jetties in Anglet, offering wind protection unseen on the beaches to the north. This short coastline curves from the exposed WNW-facing spots of Anglet to the sheltered, northerly aspect of the beginners? beach at Hendaye, creating cross/ offshore conditions when winter south-westerlies blow. Famous reefs like Guéthary and Lafitenia attract the crowds from far and wide, especially when the beaches are maxed out or onshore. Furthermore, with huge 4m+ spring tidal ranges, the window of opportunity becomes compressed for many spots, adding to the density of surfers in the line-up. The Côte Basque is now recognised as the big-wave venue on mainland Europe since the 2002 discovery and subsequent towing-in at the bombora reef Belharra. Avalanche also handles huge swells, entertaining a dedicated local crew of chargers who usually prefer to paddle-in. Flexibility in aspect and wave type suggests that the Côte Basque is a year- round surf destination. From the summer beachies in Anglet to the winter reefs around Guéthary, there is always something to ride and there is always someone to ride it, regardless of the season.
+ Good variety of consistent waves
+ Uncrowded off-season line-ups
+ Cultural interests Cultural interests
- Wet climate year round
- Pollution and crowds in July-August
- Cold water in winter
- Expensive
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Erretegia Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 315° 5mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 8
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W - N South Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Guethary (Avalanche) Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 315° 5mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 30+
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W - N South Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Les Alcyons Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 315° 5mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 15
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NW - N South Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Parlementia Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 315° 5mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Rock Ledge 18
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W - N Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Erromardie Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 315° 5mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef and Sand 8
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W - N South Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Bidart Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 315° 5mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 8
1
W - N South Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Sainte-Barbe Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 315° 5mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pier, Groyne or Jetty Uneven Reef and Sand 15
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NW - N Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Ciboure Socoa Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 315° 5mph Sunny No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 8
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NW - N South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Belharra Perdun 7ft 14secs 315° 5mph Sunny No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Rock Ledge 30+
15
W - N South Easterly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Hendaye Plage Star Star Star Star Star 7ft 14secs 315° 5mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
1
W - N Southerly All Tides