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.
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Surfing in Punta de Lobos, Pichilemu, O'Higgins Chile
However, the main reason why most people visit the city is because of the big wave surfing conditions, offered in Punta de Lobos beach. The beach is widely known for its dark sand and the world class wave quality, one of the best in Chile.
With very consistent wind frequency and wind direction blowing from the south and southeast, this spot turns up to be a perfect place for big wave surfers. The size of the swell starts working at less than 1 m/3 ft and holds up to 5 m/16 ft and over. The point break wave has left direction and is fast and hollow while the bottom of the sea is sandy with a few rocks.
The weather conditions are ideal during winter months. Perfect for experienced and professional surfers only, this beach is an amazing playground, offering lots of excitement and fun. Punta de Lobos beach is home to many national surfing competitions as well as the Quicksilver international big wave contest.
Prepare yourself to enjoy a strong, powerful wave, considered to be the best surfing destination in Latin America. In order to enter the break, you have to demonstrate perfect timing otherwise strong waves can throw you against big rocks. Keep in mind that there are heavy currents and the water is cold all year round.
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