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Cap Gris Nez Surf Guide

Cap Gris Nez in Nord - Pas de Calais is a beach and reef break that has unreliable waves. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Works best in offshore winds from the south. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Watch out for rips and rocks, currents, cliffs.

Cap Gris Nez Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
19.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cap Gris Nez:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cap Gris Nez occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Cap Gris Nez (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cap Gris Nez with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 0% of the time in January while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 78% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cap Gris Nez Location Map

Interactive Cap Gris Nez surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Cap Gris Nez is Calais Dunkerque Airport (CQF) in France, 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cap Gris Nez is Le Touquet Paris Plage Airport (LTQ), also in France, 40 km (25 miles) away.

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Cap Gris Nez Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 14:41 Local Time
Wednesday 17
Wave (m)
Period (s) 6 6 4 5
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross-

Swell History at Cap Gris Nez

Surf stats for Cap Gris Nez, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Cap Gris Nez

Wind stats for Cap Gris Nez, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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