Les Culs Nus Spot Guide

About Les Culs Nus

This long stretch of scalloped golden sand has earned a reputation as the best beachbreak in Europe, and one of the best in the world, for its tubes. Thick, meaty shorebreak barrels that'll leave you picking sand out of various orifices for weeks after a solid session. There's a huge trench offshore, not unlike Black's in San Diego, so the swell gets focused on the few miles of sand that make up Hossegor. But the tides in France are extreme (they can vary by 20 feet) and the sandbank that you surf in the morning will probably be a closeout shorepound by lunch. It's also prone to Atlantic flat spells.

Source: Les Culs Nus Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

The locals surf well and know each other. If they don't know you, bring a healthy dose of humility and respect.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Crowded and cosmopolitan; bigger beachbreak generally keeps 'em down though.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

World Class beachbreak tubes when it is on.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

A lot of work when it is pumping.

Water Quality

Dirty

Clean Dirty

Can be very poor.

Additional Information

Hazards

Poundings, strong sideshore currents.

Access

Parking lot at Les Estagnots or park on the road in front of the peak of your choice. Stick to one of the many access trails, though -- the dunes are fragile ecosystems.

Bring Your

Shortboard, gun

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

October-February

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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