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Extending in the southwestern corner of France, from Bordeaux to the Pyrenees mountains and the Spanish border, Aquitaine enjoys superb surfing conditions along its 160 miles of Atlantic Ocean coast. On the southern reaches of the Silver Coast, Hossegor is Europe’s surf Mecca and a world famous spot annual venue of the WCT Quiksilver Pro, while a short drive further south on the Basque Coast lies Biarritz, a reputed 19th century seaside resort and cradle of surf in Europe.
At the heart of this legendary surf region, Hossegor has what is arguably Europe’s most consistent waves. Right on Hossegor Golf Club’s fairways, Hossegor Surf Houseoffers the perfect surf retreat in town, with a genuine surfing lifestyle that welcomes beginners and seasoned traveling surfers alike. Surf options at the house range form bed & breakfast to inclusive surfcamps with lessons for beginners and surf guidingand coaching at the highest level for the experienced surfer.
The Surf House
The Surf School is located on the famous beach and surf spot of Les Bourdaines, in Hossegor. Open to all and ideal for the intermediate and advanced surfers who want to improve or polish their technique while surfing Hossegor’s world famous waves. Instructors are BSA (British Surf Association) qualified coaches and approved lifeguards, besides being competent and well-travelled surfers. They are passionate about their sports, respect their roles as surf guides and live the surfing lifestyle to the full.
Head coach Kevin has 20 years of surfing experience and has been coaching South African National surfers. The school’s objectives are to teach you to surf quickly, efficiently and safely, while providing an insight and understanding of every aspect of surfing ... as well as having as much fun as possible on this amazing spot !
The school supplies 6’, 7’ and 9’ soft foam surfboards for beginners, and a selection of custom made boards for intermediate and advanced surfers. Wetsuits are of the best quality to keep you warm in all conditions.
Silver Coast Surf
France’s Silver Coast is dotted with a string of fabulous surf spots such as Lacanau, Arcachon, Biscarosse, Capbreton, Boucau and Hossegor, annual venue of the WCT Quiksilver Pro. Extending form the Gironde to the Adour estuary, this almost straight ruler on the Atlantic boasts 160 miles of uninterrupted sandy beach, ideal for surfing and bordered by dunes and pine forests. From Easter to All Saint's Day, the coast has the best potential for surf, with good unridden barrels and the steadiest swell anywhere in Europe.
The surfing quality of the wave is due to the depth and funnel shape of the Bay of Biscay, that rises abruptly in front of the coast, and the numerous small rivers and stream mouths dotting its length shaping good sand breaks. Due to the changing winds and the huge tidal range, the waves can evolve with incredible speed. The sandbars orientation favor rights, while lefts tend to be very hollow because of the consistent North to South undertow. But the good sandbars can be destroyed by the winter storms and the main surfing problem is the lack of shelter when the sea gets rough.
There are waves all year round. Even during the summer when these are small, the area around Hossegor is exposed to the swell which makes surfing possible almost every day. All these spots are beach breaks, so it’s safe to walk within hitting rocks, and waves can break right or left. They are exposed to the same offshore winds: East, Southeast and Northeast.
Most famous spots:
Les Casernes: Can be ridden until 2m-2m50 (6-7ft) according to sandbars. Some long rides. Works all tides.
Le Prevent: Can be ridden until 2m-2m50 (6-7ft). Breaks between jetties. Catches less swell than Seignosse or Hossegor. Hollow and short waves. Best at mid tide
La Piste: Can be ridden until 2.5m-3m (7-8ft.) Best at mid tide. Be careful with the blockhaus from WW II ...
Le Penon: Can be ridden until 2m-2m50 (6-7ft) according to sandbars. Works all tides. Some very long rides. The sandbars use to be improved by a small wooden jetty.
La Sud: Starts at 2m (6 ft) on the over spot. Works only at low tide
Les Bourdaines: Can be ridden until 2m-2m50 (6-7ft) according to sandbars. Some long rides. Works all tides
L’Agréou: Can be ridden until 2m-2m50 (6-7ft) according to the sandbars . Some long rides. Works all tides
SURFCAMPS & SURFARIS
- Accommodation at the Surfhouse
- Use of bikes
- Daily Transport to the beach
- Video analysis sessions
- Surfboards, wetsuits, leashes and rashvest provided on request
- Use of the physical training area and yoga mats
- Wifi internet connection available
The Surfing Experience
For beginner surfers
including same as above +
- 7 Nights Surfhouse accommodation
- 5 Days surf tuition with BSA level 1 instructor
- Foam surfboards
The Ultimate Experience
For experienced surfers
include same as above +
- 7 Nights Surfhouse accommodation
- 5 Days professional coaching and surf guidance
BED & BREAKFAST
- 7 Nights Surfhouse accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- NO airport or train station transfers included
Bed & Breakfast
For the Bed & Breakfast 2 nights min/pers*
From October to June 90 EUR
From July to September 99 EUR
BSA Qualified surf instructors and approved lifeguards
Surfboard and wetsuit
Tuition in English and French
Each session lasts 2 hours
The Surf Experience (3 Sessions over 3 days) = 100 EUR pp
The Ultimate Experience (5 Sessions over 3-5 days) = 160 EUR pp
Private Coaching (3 hours “one to one” professional coaching) = 250 EUR pp
Extending in the southwestern corner of France from the Gironde Estuary - near Bordeaux, to the Pyrenees and the Spanish border, Aquitaine has a very varied landscape and cultural background. A former Roman province, the destiny of Aquitaine would be tied to the English crown for over three centuries - the legendary English King Richard "the Lion-Heart" spent most if his life here with his wife Eleonor of Aquitaine. Natural landscapes range from Perigord's forests and groves, to the famous Bordeaux wine growing region, the extensive Landes forest, the miles long sandy beaches of the Silver Coast, and the green pastures of Bearn and the Basque Country in the Pyrenees mountain range. Aquitaine's Perigord region is known as "the cradle of humanity" for its many prehistoric sites, shelters and caves with engravings and paintings from the Cro-Magnon era, some 20.000 years ago. The most famous one are the Lascaux Caves.
Silver Coast & Landes
Extending from the Gironde estuary - near Bordeaux, to the Adour estuary - near Biarritz, the Côte d'Argent (Silver Coast) is a top surfing destination as well as a protected stretch of pristine coastline bordered by the huge pine forests of the Landes. Its shore is formed by a 160 mile long beach only interrupted by the string of tidal lakes doting the coast. At the heart of the coast, Arcachon is a turn of the century seaside resort located on the major tidal lake of the coast - a favourite windsurfing spot. This seaside resort is reputed for its oysters and the Dune du Pyla, Europe's highest sand dunes culminating at 118 metres and perfect to try some sand boarding. Behind this sand bar and stretching inland from the Atlantic coast, the forest of the Landes (Moors) is a vast expense of pines, cork oaks, broom and heather. Late French President Mitterand favourite retreat, this region was once a sandy and marshy area, unhealthy and unfit for farming. But in the 18th century and under the leadership of Napoleon, the area was planted with pine trees to drain the soil and stop the progression of the sand dunes, creating one of the largest and richest forest in Europe. A perfect place for hiking, biking and riding.
Nestling amidst the emerald pine forest of the Landes, caressed by the ocean breeze, lined with endless fine sandy beaches and a 250 hectare tidal lake, Hossegor reflects the image of an old traditional seaside resort. Hossegor is situated in the heart of a region where nature rhymes with culture all year round, a place which lives on the rhythm of events, Classical music festival, Harley Davidson festival, golf competitions, WCT surf championship, European kite festival, Enduro on the beach and Pelote Basque Open, plus a summer season in full swing where music of all types drifts across the evening air. The atmosphere in the Pubs, Piano bars, Cafes, Restaurants and Disco's are as in the rest of the South of France, very friendly but with a definite surfing atmosphere.
Southern Atlantic climate, with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers.
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23 Sep 2008, 10:57
11 Sep 2008, 09:51
Thanks a lot and have a great day!
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