La Madrague Spot Guide

About La Madrague

From Les Cavaliers' barrels at the north end to VVF's wedging lefts at the south end and all the various peaks in between, Anglet is one of the most consistent spots in Southwest France. While almost never as big as Hossegor, it's also not as wind-sensitive. Les Cavaliers can hold a NW wind. While VVF's stays relatively clean in a SW, Hossegor blows out if the wind even thinks about blowing W. You can check most of the whole stretch from the top of the hill just north of Biarritz -- pick your peak.

Source: La Madrague Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

At the really obvious peaks, sure, but you can walk, can't you?

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Rippable jetty wedges.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Average most days but can be a lot of work when it is pumping.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Often polluted.

Additional Information




There are parking lots and access points up and down the beach. For a less crowded peak, try parking in one of the residential areas and walking over the dunes.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, gun



Best Season

October-February but gets good year-round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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