SURF – Jimmy Lenormand’s advices

Very beautiful destination for surfing, the Islands of Guadeloupe are bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Result: beautiful waves for all levels. Jimmy Normand grew up in the suburbs of Paris, he moved to Guadeloupe at the age of 12 and never left as he was seduced by the islands. Today he gives us precious advice.

by Aurélien Brusini


BEGINNER ” The Helleux spot in Sainte-Anne is easy
access, the waves are accessible without much
Rowing and gently sloping. I’m taking
also my first time clients in Port Louis, the
Souffleur beach, the waves are still there.
smooth and long, the pleasant conditions…
not to mention the turquoise blue water. »

MEDIUM ” I also recommend the Helleux beach.
When the waves are bigger, this spot
ravishes the means and sometimes the experts. All
depends on the conditions. I like the beach.
from Petit-Havre to Gosier or from Anse to La
Gourde, Pointe des Châteaux in Saint-François,
there are lefts and rights. »

CONFIRMED ” Without hesitation I would say Le Moule, the spot of
Damencourt, by far the most popular on the Atlantic side.
And the spot of Anse-Bertrand, beach of
At the Chapel, the waves are often more
hollow, faster, with less water on the
rocks and welcome more swell with a
access a little harder. »

by Aurélien Brusini


Short and wide board with tail
is the ideal partner for surfing the waves.
small waves. Usually surfed in
Twin Fin: two lateral daggerboards, it allows
an easy glide and can be surfed in all types of
conditions. Both handy and bulky,
it combines all the advantages of a big board:
easy start on the wave and buoyancy on the
soft parts and without speed, and a large
manoeuvrability for the execution of the manoeuvres.

The most famous, the one that Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning…
and all the pros use it in competition.
It’s short, narrow and allows you to achieve the
the most radical maneuvers. Most often
surfing in Thruser (3 daggerboards) or Quattro
(4 daggerboards), this board is reserved for the surfers.
with a minimum of technique. To be excluded
for beginners

Board more tolerant than shortboard
that allows certain maneuvers. More malleable
to the oar, it is a board adapted
to intermediate-level surfers. It’s a
a good mix between the radicality of a
shortboard and the comfort of a mini-malibu.

Only “fat surfing”. This type of
boards is reserved for expert surfers,
who want to challenge the XXL waves.

Beginner’s paradise. Here the emphasis is on
on stability. Probably the most
easy to surf. Of course, it has its limits in terms of
maneuvers, but if you’re an occasional surfer
and just want to take advantage of the
soft summer waves, it’s perfect.

Large board, often aesthetic, it reminds
the history of surfing because it was the first time
to have been built in the ’60s. Called
also Malibu, it allows you to slide in and out of the
sweetness. What’s the catch? These boards are heavy,
difficult to manoeuvre and complicated to
Row. On the other hand, they allow you to
take the waves before anyone else, make
small steps on the nose and enjoy long
moments on the same wave.

by Aurélien Brusini

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