Because of the sea breeze effect at Le Phare and the cleaner wind, it is often the case that folk in La Tranche will have had a pretty poor day whereas a day at Le Phare has been excellent.
Le Phare is frequented by the local French guys who are very friendly. Pierry, the owner of Funtoys, is the local kiteboard shaper and has a wealth of experience. Originally a windsurfer he spends the winters in Tarifa and the summer in La Tranche. Call into the shop for advice on the best spots to sail but you will need a bit of French language.
Over the years La Tranche has been host to many national and international events with one of the most spectacular being the annual ‘Raid’ when over 200 windsurfers race the 10 miles to the Isle de Re.
As a family we have been going to La Tranche for many years. The swimming pool is 50yds one way, the town centre 400yds another and the beach 100yds the other way, and Le Phare two miles round the corner – ideal!
The Tourists were…
Paul & Rich Hoey
Paul: I’m an education adviser for Norfolk County Council responsible for Outdoor Education and a number of community sport projects whilst Rich is a Sports Development Officer in Suffolk. We generally sail at Hunstanton or Wells but Rich will also sail other wave spots. I reckon he has a problem sailing in a straight line, he calls it freestyle but in reality it’s his way of not acknowledging I’m faster. Truth is I’m rubbish but it’s all about having a great time!