The French Basque coast focusses swell out of the Atlantic along a deep water trench that almost points directly at the reef break Belharra. Situated as it is at ST Jean De Luz, where France meets Spain, it gets impressive swell and thus when monster surf is forecasted it is one of the go-to places in Europe.
Its position tucked in the corner of The Bay of Biscay also means it is usually fairly calm from a wind point of view which is essential.
Belharra gets seriously big, but whilst it has huge size, it doesn’t have the colossal tube rides that others on this list have. This makes it a serious challenge, and with serious consequences, just not quite as heavy as some of the other contenders on this list.