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Surfing in the Vendée
Vendée is recognized as one of the finest destinations in France
for those who love to ride the waves and a round of the world
championships is regularly held at La Tranche sur Mer. The long fetch of
the Atlantic rollers together with gentle sloping beaches, the varied
breaks and the long hours of sunshine make the Vendee ideal. It doesn't
matter whether you are a seasoned surfer or a raw novice, the plethora
of different breaks and surfing conditions along the 146 kilometres of
coastline means that there is somewhere to suit all comers. For those
who enjoy the long board then the variety of breaks are best around la
Tranche, la Terrier and les Conches in the south, and la Tranchet near
les Sables d'Olonne and la Sauveterre further north in the Vendée. For
the exponents of the short board or body board then most beaches will
have some useable surf, though if you want the best then the beaches
mentioned for the long boarding are equally good for this type of
surfing. A word of warning if you intend surfing the rocky shoreline of
the beaches around Cayola just south of les Sables d'Olonne, or off of
the rocks just north of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, great care and a
helmet are advised.
Surf Schools; There are several surf schools in the Vendee where
beginners can obtain instructions and these are ideal for children and
Vendee Surf Schools. Veillon Beach, Talmont st.Hilaire.
Inside Surf School. Les Conches Beach. Longville-sur-mer.
Manu Surf School, Les Conches
SafeZone. Plage de Rocher,Longville-sur-Mer.
Octopus Surfing School. Les Granges.
Koa Surf School. La Terrier. La Tranche-sur-Mer
Ohana Surf School. Beaches Sauveterre, St.Hilaire de Riez.
Lezard Surf School. Plages des Dunes. Bretignolles
There are several surf shops that cater for ones surfing needs, there is a particularly good one at Les Conches, the Manu surf shop next to the BUD Cafe.
Other surf shops include;
Bahia surf Shop 42 rue Ramparts, Les Sables d'Olonne.
Mantawaii, 18 rue de l'Ocean, Brem sur Mer.
Atlantic Lezard, 10 ave de la Plage,Bretignolles sur mer.
La Palmier, 14, rue du Pertuis Breton, La Tranche-s-Mer.
Nova Fun, 52 Ave Victor Hugo. Tel. 02 51 27 42 90.
Sail & Board Shop, 12, Route de la Roche-sur-Yon. Tel. 02 51 30 36 02
The sport of Kite surfing is also popular on several beaches.
The Wannasurf website gives detailed information of those who want to get the best out of their surfing on all the Vendée Beaches
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