Biarritz Grande Plage Spot Guide

About Biarritz Grande Plage

A chic stretch of sand in downtown Biarritz, this can indeed be a Grande Plage. In clean, medium sized swells the beach can produce excellent, walling, occasionally hollow waves, especially at lower tides - the rocky outcrops to the south and swirling currents helping to sculpt consistent banks fought over by the large, local crew. It can of course also churn out slow, fat rollers – such is the beachbreak roll of the dice. Works through the tides but mid to low is best, the southern casino end is usually busiest but the beach can hold a crowd.

Source: Biarritz Grande Plage Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Best left to more experienced surfers as the swell and crowds ratchet up.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Hard charging, competitive local crew.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Busy, the southern end by the casino is usually the most hotly contested

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Downtown Biarritz beachie serving up fun, quality, punchy peaks. Beginners are better off round the headland at Cote des Basques.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

As the swell kicks in, so does the rip.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Good

Additional Information

Hazards

Crowds, rips and heavy when big.

Access

This is downtown Biarritz so parking is super tricky and can be expensive.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard

Seabed

Sandbanks

Best Season

September - March is the most consistent. Summer can be out of control busy on the beach and in the city.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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