Element Called Water
Beautiful, relaxed surf camp in tranquil setting, located a few kms from Hossegor providing various accommodation options.
LowPressure Stormrider Surf Guide says
Landes, France, Europe
The wide River Gironde divides the rocky coastline of northern France from the endless sands of Europe’s longest beach to the south. Encompassing the départments of Gironde and Landes, the region of Aquitaine stretches in a straight line of sable from Pointe de Grave at the mouth of the Gironde to the long jetty at Boucau, flanking the mouth of the river Adour. This “beach” is on an unrivalled scale, and while each coastal town has its own wave variation, these 230 sandy kilometres represent the best beachbreak barrels in Europe. Bordeaux surfers frequent the waves found at the end of irregular access roads through the pine forests including the consistent and earliest French pro contest venue of Lacanau. Long stretches of beach remain unridden as crowds stay close to the towns and car parks even in summer, when a 20min walk could be rewarded. South of the Basin d’Arcachon, the same applies down to Vieux-Boucau where crowds begin to increase along with the wave size. The southern part of Landes benefits from the deep submarine canyon that cuts through the continental shelf of the Bay of Biscay, pointing directly at the town of Hossegor. Known as the “Fosse de Capbreton” this swell-focusing trench (or ‘gouf’) is the reason that Hossegor has forged a reputation for being one of the best beachbreaks on the planet. Up to 3m, Hossegor’s beaches deliver exceptionally powerful, perfect peaks, often very close to shore and invariably hollow. When conditions conspire, spitting barrels can be spied far into the distance in either direction, spreading groups of surfers away from the main access points. On the downside, currents and longshore drift can be brutal, sandbars are constantly shifting, paddling-out channels are scarce at size, tidal ranges are large and wind protection is almost non-existent. However none of these factors have deterred the ever-growing crowds of riders and surf companies that call Hossegor home, helped by the fact that this corner of Europe’s Atlantic coast has the warmest water temps, allowing up to four months of rubberless surfing. Southern Landes is close to being a year-round destination, although big, cold beachbreaks at La Nord or smaller, crowded Capbreton are not everyone’s idea of fun. Summer and autumn are the pick as the W-NW winds are at their lightest and the weather and water at their warmest.
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