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Etretat ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 1.7

Overall: 3.2

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Etretat Surf Guide

Etretat in Normandy is an exposed reef break that usually has waves, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. A reef breaks left. Best around mid tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Beware of rocks / crowds / pollution.

Etretat Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
10.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Etretat:

The best conditions reported for surf at Etretat occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Etretat 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 54% of the time in January while 18% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 28% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
54%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
18%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
28%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Etretat Location Map

Interactive Etretat 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 Etretat is Octeville (Le Havre) Airport (LEH) in France, 21 km (13 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Etretat is St Gatien (Deauville) Airport (DOL), also in France, 38 km (24 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Etretat Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 9 May 2021, 22:20 Local Time
SunMonday 10
11PM2AM5AM8AM
Wave (m) 0.7
WNW
0.7
WNW
0.7
WNW
0.7
WNW
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h) 20
WSW 15
SSE 25
SSW 35
SSW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
off off

Swell History at Etretat

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

Wind History at Etretat

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Etretat. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    14km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    20km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    24km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Etretat: