The wide River Gironde divedes the rocky coastline of northern France from the endless sands of Europe´s longest beach to the south.The South Atlantic Coast has spot after spot after spot. If the swell is good the entire coast lights up. Perfect conditions to learn surfing for beginners and advanced surfers!
Famous reefs like Guéthary and Belharra or beachbreaks like Hossegor are year-round surf destinations. The southern part of Landes benefits from the deep submarine canyon that cuts through the continantel shelf of the Bay of Biscay, pointing directly at the town of Hossegor. Known as the "Fosse de Capreton" this swell-focusing trench is the reason that Hossegor has forged a reputation for beeing one of the best beachbreaks on the planet.
South West France has become one of the premier surfing locations in Europe, with a series of world class beach breaks such as La Gravière, La Nord, Capbreton, La Piste and Seignosse. It supports a thriving nightlife through the summer, centred at the world famous Dicks Sand Bar and Rock Food on La Plage Centrale in Hossegor. This area holds the Quiksilver Pro France contest every year in September/Octobre.
There is so much to see on day trips – the Pays Basque (Basque Country) to the south includes elegant Biarritz; the old fishing port St Jean de Luz, Bayonne and over the border into Basque Spain to San Sebastian.
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