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Vanthrax Surf Guide

Vanthrax in La Cote Basque is a fairly exposed reef break that only works once in a while. Summer in particular tends to be flat. The best wind direction is from the west southwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the west northwest. Best around low tide when the tide is falling. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of - Rips / undertow - Rocks - Localism.

Vanthrax Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Vanthrax:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Vanthrax 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 48% of the time in January while 27% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 25% 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 Vanthrax Location Map

Interactive Vanthrax 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 Vanthrax is San Sebastian Airport (EAS) in Spain, 4 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Vanthrax is Anglet (Biarritz-bayonne) Airport (BIQ) in France, 21 km (13 miles) away.

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Vanthrax Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 30 November 2022, 00:51 Local Time
TueWednesday 30
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Vanthrax

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

Wind History at Vanthrax

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

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