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The spot of San Pere Pescador, in Costa Brava, Spain, is quite famous (a round of the PWA has just been held here). It is placed in correspondence with a huge bay with orientation to the East, with a white, deep and infinite, sandy beach. We checked the spot with Tramontana wind, which blows side shore, here, and we thought that the good reputation is deserved.

Windsurf spot reviews: San Pere Pescador (Spain)

We checked two access points to the great beach that faces Gulf of Roses. The first is at the portion of the beach called "Playa de la Devesa Cortal", near the famous camping La Balene Alegre. The second entrance is at the stretch of beach called "Playa Can Sopa".

 

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As far as the first concerns, if you are not customers of the camping La Balene Alegre, or of the close one "Las Dunas", access to the beach in this area is not very easy, and, frankly, we would not recommend coming here. However, if you want, 400 meters past the entrance of the campsite Le Balene Alegre, you can leave the road the runs along the campsites, and turn left (southerly direction) in a small paved road (see map). At the end of the paved road (just after one hundred meters), turning left at 90 degrees, you can take the dirt road that runs along the border of the camp, and reach the beach spot. The road is narrow, and it offers (on the side towards the camp) only few places available for car parking, towards the end, close to the beach. The spaces are narrow, and maneuver to get back is problematic (otherwise, you can drive in reverse). Probably, out of season, you can also consider access to the beach from here, but in summer we that is not an easy access. At this stretch of beach, there is the Club Mistral Golfe de Roses, where you can take lessons or rent windsurfing equipment. In the waterwind webcams section, you can find those at the spot.

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Certainly more convenient to put your rig together, to park and access to the beach, is the spot located at Playa Can Sopa. To get there, coming from the inner land (we have arrived here from France), once past the center of San Pere, you have to take the street called Carrer de Josep Taradellas. Arriving at the end of the road, near the coastal dunes, there is ample parking (dirt yard).

 

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You can assemble your rig and board here near the car, and then bring the equipment (possibly board and sail disjointed, if heavy) near to the shore, for about a hundred meters. Seeing you, lifeguards may recommend you, as happened to us, to pay attention to the swimmers in the water. However, the beach is free and huge and the people disperse (at least, so it is in June; conditions in August must be checked).

 

 

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The day we tried the spot, windifinder predicted 15 knots, while in reality there were 30 kts.... of north side shore wind, an easy to overpass shore break, while off shore (200 meters from the shore) waves evaluated between 1,5 and 2 meters were grown, nice to surf on the way back. In short, conditions are not suitable for beginners, but not particularly demanding. However, we recommend a good knowledge of waterstart (which is a fundamental maneuver, anyway, that any serious surfer should learn from the beginning).

 

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In the afternoon, the wind goes decreasing (even the north wind - Tramontana). At 17, we tried to go out with a 4.7 and a 110 liters, managing to get planing only for half an hour.

The exposure of the spot should also make it suitable for sessions with South/South East winds, and perhaps with the east, with probable formation of waves, but we did not try these conditions. The west probably enters gusty, coming from inland.

 

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In June, on Saturday, the spot was not particularly crowded with surfers, although twenty sails in water at least are always guaranteed, that disperse, however, in the immense bay.

 

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Another interesting feature of this spot is that it is located near (90 km - 1 hour drive) to the area of ​​Leucate in France, where there is an infinite number of spot (see reviews spot). Therefore, as we did, you can position your base in France, and if you feel like trying less flat water conditions, in a day, you can come to San Pere. In the area, you have also the wave spots of Port de la Selva or Pals, that we have not tried.

The great campig-sites on the coast of this area are small cities, with everything you need. San Pere, in the inland, is a rather small village. For those who want to find a bit of animation, they have to go to the cities to the north of the Gulf of Roses (eg. Empuriabrava, Roses).

 

Aloha, Fabio Muriano

 

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Here below, a video of San Pere spot.  

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