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La Palue break guidePhoto by: Nick Russill

La Palue Surf Guide

La Palue in Brittany is an exposed beach break that has reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the west southwest. Waves at La Palue break both left and right. Best around high tide. It's often crowded here. Hazards include rips / crowds.

La Palue Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
9.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing La Palue:

The best conditions reported for surf at La Palue occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing La Palue with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 32% of the time in March while 63% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% 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).

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Interactive La Palue 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 La Palue is Guipavas (Brest) Airport (BES) in France, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to La Palue is Pluguffan (Quimper) Airport (UIP), also in France, 38 km (24 miles) away.

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La Palue Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 2 February 2023, 12:56 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on cross-

Swell History at La Palue

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

Wind History at La Palue

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

La Palue Reviews:

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Based on 8 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Mike C from France
“As a relative beginner (but surfing regularly in this area for a little under a year now), I find La Palue a difficult break more often than not. The beach is very popular with experienced surfers though and by all accounts offers the most exciting surfing in the area, when the conditions are right.

The west-facing beach picks up any and every Atlantic swell, and so there's usually something to surf unless conditions are totally flat or blown out. The waves vary markedly dependent on the state of tide: in my (beginner's) opinion they're best not long after low tide as it starts to push in again. At this point, if there's a decent swell hitting the outer edge of the sandbar, there are consistent waves that break left and right, depending on conditions.

Towards high tide the waves are breaking over sands that(as one local described it to me) are a bit of a "minefield", throwing up inconsistent waves that close out quickly and steeply. Particularly when the coefficient is high (Spring tides), there is a nasty undertow, hence the beach being closed to swimmers.

There is a car park at the top of the cliff where you'll find a lot of camper-vans in the high season, and for smaller vehicles there are more small car parking areas further down a rough track towards the beach. There are no cafes or bars near the beach, but Morgat is not far away which has the usual amenities.”

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