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Surfing in Aytré Lopette Beach, La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes France

Type and direction of the wave:
Reef-rocky / Right
Best swell direction:
W
Best wind direction:
E, NE
Best tide position:
Mid and high tide
La Rochelle is the capital of the Charente – Maritime department. It is a port city connected to the Île de Ré with a 2.9 km / 1.8 mi long bridge that was completed on May 19th, 1988. The harbor opens to a protected strait, the Pertuis d'Antioche. La Rochelle is situated in western France and is seaport on the Bay of Biscay which is a part of the Atlantic Ocean.

La Rochelle is a port city in the vicinity of many beaches where many sea sports can be performed. One of them which is very popular in the area, is surfing!!! The ideal place to practice it is at Aytré – Lopette Beach. The beach is situated between La baie d’aytré and the Minimes harbor.

It is very easy to find the location as it is at a very short distance from the city. The beach is appropriate for surfers of all levels of ability, with a sloppy wave quality which sometimes can break. The type of the wave is reef – rocky and it comes from the right. The bottom of the sea is beautiful with corals, sharp rocks etc.  Power of the wave is fun and in its normal length is from 50 to 150 m / 164 to 492 ft while on good days it reaches up from 150 to 300 m / 492 to 984 ft. The swell direction in its optimum form comes from the west and the wind’s direction comes from the east, northeast.

Swell size starts at 2 – 2.5 m / 6 – 8 ft and holds up to 1+ m / 3+ ft. The best tide position is mid and high tide and the tide movements is raising tide. It is a rather empty beach with a few surfers but you should bear in mind that is a nudist colony. The beach is also called the Gas Chamber, however, it can’t be compared to the Hawaiian spot though.

Sometimes works and sometimes works very well and then comes a real right point break small but long. It is a perfect spot for learning or training. So if you are in right time in the right place, you will definitely enjoy the ride. You can go with friends and have fun by just showing off some of your tricks.

When it is huge outside this is only thing that works in this region. Keep in mind that there a lot of rocks so you should pay extra attention.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Nantes
84.8 miles/136 km, 1 hour 40 minutes
Head southwest on Rue de la Commune to Pl. de l'Hôtel de ville, turn right at Pl. de l'Hôtel de ville, make a 180 degree turn, speed camera in 200 m, take the first turn left to stay on Pl. de l'Hôtel de ville, take the first turn right into Rue Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque (Speed camera in 200 m) take the 2nd turning right into Rue de Strasbourg, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit towards Cours John Kennedy, go through 1 roundabout, continue along Av. Carnot, continue along Avenue Jean-Claude-Bonduelle/Av. Jean Claude Bonduelle, go through 1 roundabout, continue to Bd Général de Gaulle, continue towards Pont Georges Clemenceau, continue to Bd Emile Gabory, go through 1 roundabout, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit to Bd de Vendée, go through 1 roundabout, continue along A83 (Road with controlled tolls) take exit 7 for E3 to La Rochelle / Sainte-Hermine / Luçon, continue straight, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit to E3, go through 2 roundabouts, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit towards D10A, go through 1 roundabout, continue to D9, go through 1 roundabout, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit to D10, at the roundabout, take the 4th exit to D9, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit to Rue de la Liberté/D9, continue to follow the D9, go through 2 roundabouts, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the ramp N11 to La Rochelle / Rochefort, enter the N11, continue to Bd André Sautel, slight right to Bd de Cognehors, at the roundabout, take the 4th exit to Av. des Cordeliers, turn right into Rue Alcide d'Orbigny, turn left into Rue du Cordouan, continue along Rue Passage du Minage, continue along Rue Saint-Yon.
BY CAR FROM Bordeaux
116.1 miles/188 km, 1 hour 52 minutes
Head west to Rue Elisée Reclus (Road restricted) turn left into Rue Elisée Reclus, take the first turning right into Pl. Rohan, turn left at Pl. Pey Berland / Place Pey-Berland, continue to Cours d'Alsace Lorraine, turn left at the Quai Richelieu, turn right into Rue de la Porte Cailhau, turn right onto Quai Richelieu, continue along Quai des Salinières, continue along Quai de la Grave, continue along Quai de la Monnaie, continue along Quai Sainte-Croix, slight left to A631, continue straight on A631 (signs for Arcachon / Bayonne / Toulouse / Aéroport Merignac / Bègles / Villenave-d 'Ornon) keep left at the fork, follow signs for E5/E70/Paris and enter the E70/N230, continue to follow the N230, keep left at the fork, follow signs for A10/E5/Paris/E606 and enter the A10/E5 (Road with controlled toll) keep right, follow signs for La Rochelle / Rochefort, with controlled toll road, continue to E602, take the exit toward D937/La Rochelle-Gare/Aytré-Centre/Vieux-Port/Port des Minimes, enter the Av. du Général de Gaulle, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit to Av. du Commandant Lisiack, go through 1 roundabout, continue along Av. Roger Salengro, continue along Rue Emile Normandin, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit to Av. Jean Moulin, go through 1 roundabout, continue towards Pont Jean Moulin, continue along Quai Maubec, turn right into Rue Villeneuve, turn left into Rue Gambetta, turn left into Rue Passage du Minage, continue along Rue Saint-Yon.
BY AIR
La Rochelle Airport,
2.1 miles/4.6 km
BY TRAIN

Take a train from anywhere in France and disembark at La Rochelle central station.

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