Welcome to surfers
Home to the best beach breaks on the continent, it is no coincidence that the Landes Atlantique Sud became the heart of European surfing. From Moliets in the north to Labenne in the south, the 30-km-long stretch receives the full force of the Bay of Biscay’s generous swell… With sand banks modelled and remodelled by winter storms and equinox tides sculpting the waves on good days… Welcome, surfers!
Spots for all levels
The Moliets, Messanges, Vieux-Boucau, Soustons and Labenne spots, with their long, regular waves, are perfect for beginners. Seignosse, Hossegor and Capbreton are undeniably the Mecca for surfers, and are world-famous for their beach breaks, considered as some of the best on the Atlantic coast. Every year, the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro, important stages of the Surf World Series, are actually held in Hossegor. The resort is even home to the headquarters of the French Surfing Federation.
BUT ALSO …
Far from the ocean’s rollers, nestled between the sand dunes and forests, huge calm lakes and waterways offer stand-up paddleboarding aficionados a completely different experience, that of total and silent immersion in bountiful nature.
Finally, every Easter weekend in Soorts-Hossegor, the factory outlets that supply some of the biggest clothing brands – Billabong, Oxbow, Rip Curl, Quiksilver – organise a huge clearance sale, attracting crowds from all of the Aquitaine region, and even Spain.