JW's photo of Biarritz Grande Plage

Guethery - swell from Hurricane Gordon

Average rating of 4.16 from 31 votes

Biarritz Grande Plage

Spot Location: France > France > Biarritz Grande Plage

Date Taken: 23rd September 2006. 13617 page views since 13th October 2007.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
8ft 12s 297.76°     20
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JW Feb 25, 2010 Rating: 2

Newbs is correct - its classed as Biarritz cause was the nearest spot name at the time of submitting the photo. It says Guethery in the caption. It's not part of a magazine sequence - I took it myself.

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Newbs Mar 3, 2009 Rating: 21

firstly its classed as biaritz cause that is the nearest spot name, magic seaweed doesnt seem to recognise Bidart as a place so it goes to the nearest big city, secondly of my trips to France this place absolutely goes off, had it this big maybe a little bigger once and it was cutback central, some of the longest waves Ive ever had, you could nearly surf through the channel and into the harbour that day, sick surf a heller long paddle out but worth it when you get there, even whens its only just overhead.

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SurfBuds Apr 20, 2009 Rating: 1

I surfed this place for 2 full fall-winter season and I'll have to say it does get epic, but rare are the days when you get a really good vertical wall after the initial take off. I've been out alone a few times when it's triple overhead and cloudy... It's almost impossible at that size not to get caught if you're going to catch some waves. The worst is eating it at the take off on the first wave of a set, or to miss it and get the rest of it on your head. But even going under one well prepared with a few good breath can be pretty impressive!! You really have to know how to relax here.

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jonjonsan Feb 25, 2009 Rating: 26

I'm not sure why it says Biarritz but this is not Biarritz at all. It's taken from a sequence on surf-report dot com, a french surfing web site. It's actually Guethary on a really good day. Usually the waves stay quite mushy but occasionaly there's a hollow bowl in the take-off zone and it gets very powerful.