Le Petit MinouEdit Spot
Really nice place place to surf, waves usually are fast enough to have fun and you could get tubed, too. But, as i said, COME AT DAWN ! This is also a nice place to have a walk, because you can nearly circle one half of the bay of Brest. Check the swell as soon as it gets over 1 meter SW or 1.5 NW. During heavy (winter) swells (from 5+ meters), park the car where indicated and walk along the cliff, toward the lightouse of "Le grand Minou" (white+red stripes). A secret spot (called "Le grand Minou") lies there, just down the lighthouse. It's a right pointbreak. Get down by a very, very tiny path, down the cliff. Especially under a rainshower or with wet ground ACCESS IS DANGEROUS.
BONUS : if there's no surf at the Petit Minou, take a walk on the right of the cliff (about 30 minutes northward)... you could get across two secret spots that work only at low tide. These ones are more challenging...
This spot is crowded, over crowded and over-over-crowded! Get there by dawn (ah! the 6AM low tides...)and whatever you do : AVOID WEEK ENDS AND HOLIDAYS. Since this is the main spot of Brest area, the atmosphere can easily becomes a surf-city vibe : nervous, outrageous and fuc%!ng competitive. If you don't like to shout when you take a wave, don't come here (and shouting does not mean nobody will snake you, indeed).
Access is also possible by bus (check from city center of Brest) or by boat (from wherever you want). When you look at the place from the parking lot, just in front of you, there is a rocky point : swell breaks on it as a lefthander wave. Further on the right, it is sand bottom and sand bar-like waves (rights and lefts). On the left, beyond the rocky point, there is another spot called "Les moules": both direction waves but lefts are safer. This one is SHALLOW and POSSIBLY DANGEROUS! Get on Les moules by paddling past the rocky point and get close to the cliff. The end of the wave is even more SHALLOW and ROCKY.
From Brest city, take direction Locmaria-Plouzané (main road D789). Make the 20 minutes drive and turn left at the roadsign "Plage et phare du Minou".Then you have to follow a countryside road which goes down (southward). Keep on that road without looking at the crossroads and stop when you get on a parking lot, just after a little hotel called "Hôtel du Minou" (owned by surfers from local and well-known brand Kana Beach).
Park the car and look outside : it's there, all for you and probably the thousands of others that are already there!
|Walk||Instant access (<5 min)|
|Direction||Right and left|
|Bottom||Sandy with rock|
|Power||Fast, Ordinary, Fun|
|Normal length||Short (<50m)|
|Good day length||Normal (50 to 150m)|
|Wind direction||North, NorthWest, East, NorthEast|
|Swell direction||West, SouthWest|
|Swell size||3ft-5ft - 8ft+|
|Tide||Low tide only|
|Tide movement||Rising and falling tides|
Rips / undertow, Rocks, Localism
0.80 miles away
|Frequency:||Regular (100 days/year)|
1.19 miles away
|Direction:||Right and left|
|Frequency:||Sometimes breaks (50 days/year)|
2.52 miles away
|Direction:||Right and left|