The Guéthary terrace gives the best view of this Sunset-like right with a shifting peak and short shoulder that holds up to 6m faces on a clean, NW swell. The outside bombora style reef is quite deep, so the peak draws up a lot of water and only invites those on large, long, voluminous boards to get in early. There is also an attractive left off the peak, which rumbles back across the inner reef, sometimes walling up steeply or else sectioning and closing out. On small to moderate days, faster rights break over this shallower reef shelf that entice the shortboarders, but eventually the sets off the west peak will punish with a circuit via the inside then the channel. Can be some fun, steeper, inside runners for the less gun happy and the wide playing field does give everybody a chance. Paddle out from the harbour to avoid the rock slalom at lower tides.
Always deceptively bigger than it appears and it’s always crowded with the longboard and pintail gun locals, who dominate the peak by knowing it backwards, plus a whole flotilla of others from groms and surf schools to granddads. Parking fills up quickly down Chemin Barognenia and the small car parks at the top or in town. Toilets, showers and a nice cafe in front of the break.