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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Wind 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.
Nonetheless, surfing is not the only sport that can be practiced on these iconic waves. Over the past few years, a few daring and very experienced windsurfers have managed to ride the huge waves with great success. They have made an impact in the windsurfing community world wide and now Punta de Lobos gained the reputation of being a thrilling destination for extreme windsurfing.
The weather conditions are ideal during winter months. Chile offers some of the largest swells on the planet. The exposed reef offers very consistent surf and the best wind direction is when coming from the south, southeast. The size of the swell starts working at less than 1 m/3 ft and holds up to 5 m/16 ft and over.
Prepare yourself to enjoy a strong, powerful wave, high winds and pure big wave windsurfing adrenaline. 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 rocks and the water is very cold all year round.
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