Les Cavaliers Spot Guide

About Les Cavaliers

Cavaliers is one of the Cote Basque's premier beachbreaks. Primed to convert any westerly swell, the banks here regularly produce a grinding A-frame with hollow, fast lefts and rights. The quality is probably due to its proximity to the rivermouth and the fact that this stretch of sand, continuing for five kilometers south to VVF Anglet, has been compartmentalized into bite sized beaches, conveniently segmented by sandbar-marshalling breakwaters. Cavaliers sits next to the site of the now defunct wave of La Barre, just to the south of the mouth of the river Adour. One of the first French waves to come to international fame, it was destroyed by the construction of a concrete block jetty.

Source: Les Cavaliers Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Cavaliers is a really compressed peak, with enough good surfers who know each other to remind you you're a visitor.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Skilled local crew.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

Rippable beachbreak peaks.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

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

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Moderate

Additional Information

Hazards

Rip Currents.

Access

Simple.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

October-February but rideable year-round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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