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Pointe de La Torche

Pointe de La Torche

Plomeur - Finistèrre - Bretagne, France

Windsurf

Pointe de La Torche is one of the best windsurf spots in Brittany, France. Until the mid-nineties, various international competitions were held there. One of these being the Windsurf World Cup in 1986 for which there were radical conditions. Legendary riders like Robby Naish, Patrice Belbeoc’h, Robert Territehau and others have sailed there for many years. In 2014, La Torche returned to the world stage with the celebration of an event of the Gran Slam PWA World Tour La Torche in October with the wave and slalom disciplines.

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It is in the Bay of Audierne, in Plomeur, in the southwest of Finistèrre, a peninsula which is very exposed to the waves and the strong battering winds from the Atlantic Ocean. The Qimper Cornouaille Airport is just 25 kilometres away from Plomeur, 30 minutes by car along the D785 through the typical French countryside until you reach the coast. It’s a large nature reserve where you can find wild nature long white sandy beaches, dunes and cliffs. Its characteristic rocky headland which goes out to sea is known as the ‘tip of the torch’ and is where the spot’s name originates. With rough weather and storms the waves are very big, the currents are very strong, above all in the zone where the rocks are, so it becomes quite dangerous. This current is known by the locals as L’ascenceur as it drags you out to the waves where the surf zone is. It’s important that you don’t try to swim against the current to go back to the shore, use the waves to get back instead. If you have drifted, the best option is to go back to the shore and walk back to the spot. The waves break into lefts and rights, the rights are shorter and the lefts are quite long thanks to the reef.

The best time to sail there with waves and radical conditions is from September until April, but during the rest of the year the conditions are very good, from June to August it is usually flat, making it perfect for slalom and freestyle. The windsurf and kitesurf zone is to the left and surf to the right. It’s not a beach for beginners and there are many tourists during the summer. In the summer there can be hundreds of windsurfers, kitesurfers, surfers, bodyboarders and SUPs, so it’s important to respect the locals and the rules.

Conditions

The optimal conditions in La Torche are with side shore winds from S - SE and WSW - E swell which brings fairly consistent waves regardless of the tide, which is usually mid to high. It goes back onshore with the S - SW winds which are most common throughout the whole year. Wind from the W is totally onshore and quite gusty and side shore winds from the N bring perfect big waves.

If the wind is SE component you can also sail at Pors Carn beach, in the bay, where the swell is usually W - SW and the waves are hollower and inconsistent, extending over a reef 200 metres from the beach. The Pors Carn bay is divided into three areas: with mid tide, there will be hollow barrels near to the rocks, to the left you'll find a righthander with WSW wind and you'll find the reef which was mentioned earlier in the middle of the bay.
Optimal Conditions
  • Type
    Waves, Freestyle and Slalom
  • Wind
    S - SE
  • Tide
    Mid to High
  • Swell
    W - SW
  • Bottom
    San and rock
  • Size
    2 to 16 ft
  • Time of year
    From September to April
Suggested Spots
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