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A guide to surfing in Anglet

Anglet is one of the most famous city surf spots in Europe and if you’re lucky you’ll surf one of the best waves of your life.

With a total of 11 fine sandy beaches stretching over 4.5 km, you’re almost guaranteed to find a wave in Anglet. Every spot has its own characteristics and with a bit of observation, you’ll soon find the ideal break for your surfing style.

La Barre, at Anglet’s northern end is a great spot to head to when everywhere else is too big. Just south of there, Les Cavaliers often kicks up a nice A-frame peak with a pleasantly consistent left and right when there’s swell. Further south again you’ll reach Le Club, a legendary Anglet spot, and Les Sables d’Or, which when the conditions are right can generate hollow barrels that can rival those in Hossegor.

Anglet Surf Forecast

Anglet, Le Club surf forecast – surf report and surfing conditions for the next 3 days with swell components including wave height, wave direction and wave period, wind direction and weather forecast.

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Anglet Surf Spots

1. La Barre

Spot type: Beach. Offshore wind: Easterly. Bottom type: Sand. Best tide: Low to Mid.
Wave size: 1 to 3 m. Swell direction: West, North Lat Long: 43.526016, -1.524301.

Stormy day at La Barre, Anglet
Stormy day at La Barre, Anglet | © Flickr – LLDW

Guillaume’s take:

La Barre is the spot to head to when it’s big and onshore and elsewhere along the beach is saturated. Thanks to the two closely spaced groins, the waves are often smaller and cleaner which allows for a fun session when everywhere else in Anglet is big and blown out.

2. Les Cavaliers

Spot type: Beach. Offshore wind: Easterly. Bottom type: Sand. Best tide: Mid tide.
Wave size: 1 to 3 m. Swell direction: West, North Lat Long: 43.523060, -1.525739.

Huge one at Les Cavaliers, Anglet
Huge one at Les Cavaliers, Anglet | © Flickr – Laurent Guérin

Guillaume’s take:

The ever-shifting sandbanks at Les Cavaliers make this quite a fickle wave and it doesn’t work all year. But, when the conditions are right and the banks are playing ball, you can get some perfect 2.5 to 3 metre waves. The spot gets crowded when it’s good and the wave can be pretty punchy, but the current generated by the groin provides a welcome helping hand to get you back to the peak.

3. L’Océan

Spot type: Beach. Offshore wind: Easterly. Bottom type: Sand. Best tide: Mid tide.
Wave size: 0.5 to 2.8 m. Swell direction: West, North Lat Long: 43.515094, -1.531725.

Riding a nice left at L'Océan, Anglet
Riding a nice left at L’Océan, Anglet | © Flickr – Laurent Guérin

Guillaume’s take:

L’Océan can serve up a perfect peak when the conditions are right. This spot is often quieter than beaches further south and it’s not unusual to get some great waves to yourself.

4. Marinella

Spot type: Beach. Offshore wind: Easterly. Bottom type: Sand. Best tide: Mid tide.
Wave size: 0.5 to 2.5 m. Swell direction: West, North Lat Long: 43.504589, -1.539450.

Good right at Marinella, Anglet
Good right at Marinella, Anglet | © Flickr – Laurent Guerin

Guillaume’s take:

Often less crowded than neighbouring Sables d’Or, you can surf some very nice lefts or rights depending on the shape of the sandbanks. Watch out though, the wave has a tendancy to closeout quickly when the swell builds.

5. Les Sables d’or

Spot type: Beach. Offshore wind: Easterly. Bottom type: Sand. Best tide: Mid tide.
Wave size: 0.5 to 2.7 m. Swell direction: West, North Lat Long: 43.504383, -1.539420.

Surf session at Les Sables d'Or, Anglet
Surf session at Les Sables d’Or, Anglet | © Flickr – Laurent Guerin

Guillaume’s take:

Les Sables d’Or is one of Anglet’s best breaks with decent rights and lefts and even some barrels on the right day. The spot has the advantage that it can be surfed on almost any tide, and that’s one of the reasons why it’s so crowded. Having said that, if you can pic your time of day, there’s lots of opportunities to get in the water when there aren’t too many people at the peak.

6. Le Club

Spot type: Beach. Offshore wind: Easterly. Bottom type: Sand. Best tide: Mid tide.
Wave size: 0.5 to 2.7 m. Swell direction: West, North Lat Long: 43.501550, -1.542403.

In the shade at Le Club, Anglet
Guillaume Nicolas gets into the shade at Le Club, Anglet | © Alexandre Gréleaud

Guillaume’s take:

Le Club is probably Anglet’s best known surf spot. And for good reason. On big days, you can ride powerful barreling lefts. But you need to be patient, you’ll rarely be on your own in the water. Surf with respect for the locals and you’ll have a good session.

7. Le VVF

Spot type: Beach, Reef. Offshore wind: Easterly. Bottom type: Sand and Rocks. Best tide: Mid to High.
Wave size: 0.8 to 2.5 m. Swell direction: West, North Lat Long: 43.497783, -1.544871.

View over the VVF
View over the VVF | © Flickr – Laurent Pelleray

Guillaume’s take:

VVF works in lots of different conditions. In big swell, you can find a clean wave here because the lighthouse shelters the spot, which makes it surfable even when the waves are over 2 metres. Watch out for the rock groins to the north and south of the beach which can be dangerous when the current’s strong, but can also kick up some nice waves.

Please leave a comment below if you need specific advice for your surf trip to Anglet, or if you have any recommendations to help us improve this guide. Happy holidays!

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