Le Santocha Spot Guide

About Le Santocha

Just south of Hossegor on the other side of the river, Capbreton is another town built to entertain the thousands of tourists who flock to southwest France in the summer. The main wave, made famous in the early '90s by Tom Curren and the Rip Curl folks, is La Piste. A close-to-shore barrel, it breaks within spitting distance of a few World War II German bunkers.

Though the harbor jetty blocks some of the northwest swell that hits Hossegor, La Piste is all about shorebreak barrels. When it's on, you will be surfing with crowds. And because the wave is so close to shore, the crowd is packed together and can go into a glazed-over tube lust that transcends language. South of La Piste lay a few other tide-sensitive peaks if you don't feel like dealing.

Source: Le Santocha Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Other than a few confused-looking outsiders, the locals are pretty intense and packed together.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Yes. Put it this way, if you wanted to shoot a Rip Curl Search ad at La Piste these days, you're gonna need some serious Photoshop.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

Lined up right off a jetty.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

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

Water Quality

Dirty

Clean Dirty

Often polluted.

Additional Information

Hazards

Buried bunkers, outrunning the barrel.

Access

Wind around the harbor, park by the old folks home and walk a little south.

Bring Your

Shortboard, gun

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

October-February but gets good year-round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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