Les Conches/Bud Bud Guide

About Les Conches/Bud Bud

The golden stretch of beachbreaks between Longville and La Tranche is a little snap shot of what Les Landes to the south offers. Dune backed peaks varying from mellow and crusiey to hollow and punchy, depending on the banks, accessed via a series of those classic beach cuts throughs on the edge of the pines that let you know you're in France. Les Conches can get busy as there's a big car park nearby, but can be a good indicator for what's happening at the rest of the Longville beaches. Works through the tides, high can often be more walling. Heading south towards Bud Bud the banks pick up more swell, serving up greater consistency and punch per inch. Further south La Terriere has a good vibe and often good banks plus beach parking. In huge swells and higher tides La Pointe du Grouin (Le Phare) can offer up some fun long rights.

Source: Les Conches/Bud Bud Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Les Conches offers something for everyone, especially in smaller swells, Bud Bud can get hollow and heavy - better left to more experienced surfers.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive on main peaks, especially when good but fairly easy to seek out less crowded waves along this stretch.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Popular. There's a big campsite and carpark close to Les Conches which contributes to the crowds as does the consistency of the waves on offer.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

A quality, consistent often powerful stretch of beachbreak, picking up more swell and power to the south.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Can get rippy when big.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Good, the water often looks green and cloudy.

Additional Information

Hazards

Rips when big.

Access

There's a big beachside carpark at Les Conches which contributes to crowds... walk along the beach or through the pines to explore south.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard, bodysurfing

Seabed

Sandbanks

Best Season

September - February is the most consistent time here.. early Autumn the water and air temps are still warm then, as winter kicks in the size and power of swell does too.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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