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Latitude: 42° 56.292' N
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When travelling along the A9 motorway péage, take junction 40. After about 2km, turn right onto the D429 for the train station. About 100m after the train station, there's a sharp bend to the right and at the end of the bend, there's a lane "Chemin de Pitchinos", go down that lane. At any junctions, keep left until you cross over the entrance to the lagoon, then take the first right and you're on the beach. Don't be put of if the road is terrible qualithy!
Distance to a city Take a car
Access time Long walk (>30 mn)
Easy to find? Hard to find
Public access? Public access
Special access No access issues
Alternative name Leucate, La Franqui
Spot quality Good
Kite/wind? Good for KiteSurf, Good for WindSurf
Style Freestyle, Freeride, Bump & Jump, Long distance
Week crowd Few surfers
Week-end crowd Crowded
Water quality Clean
Tide No tide dependency
Gear-Shop, Repair-Shop, Rental, School, Rescue
Type Venturi wind
Force Strong ( > 25 knots)
Main dir. East
Best dir. West
Best dir. relative Onshore
Period From September to June
There's often a very strong and gusty east wind created by a natural venturi of the mountains. This wind is offshore so you'll often have to go to the lagoon at La Palme. Dispite the gusty wind and small waves, this remains one of the most popular places to kite in the region
It has a large flat beach which you can drive on, landboard, kitebuggy, and camp etc without disturbing anyone. Watch out for the nudist beach further north, dispite any preconceptions you may have, they aren't full of supermodels playing volleyball!
This place hosts the Mondial du Vent & you can often see pro kiters training here.
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