Victoria is the second-smallest state of Australia. It borders with New South Wales to the north and Tasman Sea to the east. The unique combination of spectacular coastline, pristine beaches, numerous national parks, dense forests and mountains attract visitors all year long and offer a plethora of activities to sport lovers. Melbourne, Victoria's capital and one of the most populous cities in Australia, lies on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay.
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Surfing in Chef de Baie, La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes France
In the north of La Rochelle and near the industrial area, it lies a beautiful beach. Chef De Baie is the perfect place for surfing. It is almost right in the city, at a very short distance from the downtown. It is very easy to find and is publicly accessed. The spot is a good spot for surfing with sloppy wave that sometimes break, becoming suitable for all levels of surfers.
Type of the wave is beach break and it comes from both directions, right and left. The bottom of the sea is sandy with rocks. Power of the wave is fun and its length varies. In normal days it is short up to 50 m /164 ft long and in good days it reaches up to 150 m /492 ft long.
The optimum swell direction comes from northwest, west, southwest and south and the best wind direction is north, southeast, east and northeast. Swell size starts at 3 – 3.5 m / 10 – 12 ft. Generally it is not a very crowded beach with just a few surfers around.
The beach is great for surfing but you should be very careful and take all precautions, like a whole body uniform, due to the pollution from the nearby industrial area. Besides that, it is a lovely place near the city to surf.