Best travel time
From May to the end of October, France is an ideal destination for your surfing holiday. In the summer months, between June and the end of August, the southern French climate creates a great mix of sunny, hot temperatures during the day and milder, more refreshing temperatures at night. May, September and October are a little cooler than midsummer, but these months offer empty beaches, waves and good swells. The very mild winters and the long, warm summers already show a subtropical-Mediterranean influence. Between June and August there is an average of nine to eleven hours of sunshine a day.
Air & water temperature
The air temperature on the west coast of France is between 23 and 27 degrees in the summer months and the water temperature is a comfortable 21 and 24 degrees.
Due to the changing influence of the Gulf Stream, which can also cool you down, it is advisable to wear a wetsuit on your surfing holiday. In principle, it is advisable to put on a wetsuit with a thickness of 2/2 mm or 3/2 mm. Of course, the surf guides at our surf camps in France know best which neoprene to wear and will be happy to advise you. On particularly hot days you can even surf in a bikini or board shorts on the west coast of France, but you'd better put on a lycra to protect yourself from sunburn and abrasions.
Not only French, but also many German-speaking surfers are attracted to the Atlantic coast for surfing, because from May to October France is a great place to ride waves and learn to surf. Here are some of the surf spots on the southwest coast of France:
The beach break at Moliets Plage is ideal for learning to surf! The 24+ Surf Camp Moliets is also located there. In the white water you will learn the take off and the basics before heading into the green waves. The sandbars do move, but once laid they can create nice little barrels.
Seignosse & Hossegor
with plenty of amazing surf spots around and right next to Hossegor it is called the magic triangle! Here are some of the best waves in France and it is no wonder that most pro Surfers do live and surf right here. Therefore we also do have the Surf Camp Seignosse and the Premium Surf Lodge France exactly in this area. One of the most iconic Surf Contest is held in Hossegor every year. The Quik Pro France. The surf level in the Area is mind blowing and just fun to watch.
The popular stretch of beach Le Penon lies at the north end of Hossegor and offers epic left and right waves for surfing in France. Even if the swell isn't right, you can rely on the sandbars in Le Penon, which still produce left and right waves. The beach break can be divided into various sections and offers something for every surfing level. This surf spot works best at low and mid tide.
Beside surfing the wide beaches, that are interrupted through little stone piers, are just amazing and invite to stroll and sunbath. Throughout the villages there are many nice bars, shops, cafes and little clubs to discover. You can cruise along the coast easily by bike or with a longboard skateboard. Between the village of Capbreton and Hossegor floats the river Boudigau. There's a nice little harbour within as well. In the south of Capbreton you will already find the beautiful town of Biarritz where surfing started within Europe.
Côte Des Basque The surf spot Côte Des Basques in Biarritz is the birthplace of surfing in France. More than 50 years ago, Europe's first surfing scene emerged here. The wave at the upper, northern end of the wide bay, which is protected from the north wind, is particularly popular with longboarders. One peak is just off the channel under the waterfront and another just a few paddle strokes south. However, the elongated beach break offers plenty more left and right waves, so that everyone can surf here even in summer. In summer and with less swell, this well-known surf spot is ideal for beginners. Grande Plage The surf spot Grand Plage is the city break of the cultural city of Biarritz and is lively at any time of the day due to its central location. The beach is characterized by its south-facing, imposing rocks, which not only characterize it visually, but also ensure that good sandbanks are formed here and there is wind protection from the south/southeast. This beach break, which has right and left waves, is best surfed at low and mid tide. A special feature of the Grand Plage is the nocturnal lighting that extends from the promenade to the sea. It's not as bright as day in the water, but one or the other night session is definitely possible.
There is just so much to explore in the southwest of France!
You need a passport or identity card to enter France. Children's entries in a parent's passport are no longer valid as of 06/26/2012. Every child needs its own identity document.
Arrival by bus (Moliets & Seignosse)
Traveling by coach is already included in the price at the 24+ Surf Camp Moliets and at the Surf Camp Seignosse in the high season. Together with our bus company, we drive to many different cities in Germany and Switzerland.
If you choose the train, please make sure to book early, because you absolutely need a reservation for the trip to Dax.
The journey takes about 14 hours from southern Germany (pure driving time without breaks). Tolls are payable on the French motorways. It is advisable to start the journey together with friends or to offer a ride.
The requirements of individual airlines often differ from those of the state and must therefore be obtained from the airline itself. The nearest airports to our surf camps in France are Bordeaux (BOD) and Biarritz (BIQ). If you fly to France with your surfboard to surf, you should pay attention to the individual surfboard baggage fees and regulations. With Easyjet, you can take your board with you there and back for 100 euros (around 50 euros per leg), with a maximum weight of 32 kg. Ryanair not only offers cheap flights, but also the transport of standard board bags. For the transport of large sports luggage, you have to calculate 50 euros for the return flight, with a maximum weight of 20 kg. With Eurowings you can take your surfboard with you on short and medium-haul flights for the price of 50 euros per leg and for 100 euros per leg on long-haul flights.
If you also want to take your dog or cat with you on the plane to surf in France, you will need a pet passport and proof that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. Dogs are welcome in our 24+ Surf Camp Moliets.
Here are a few tips to ensure that your surfing holiday in France with Puresurfcamps is a complete success:
Surfing, or rather surfing, has a long history in France. So it's no wonder that the French Atlantic coast is the destination of surfers from all over the world. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced surfer, everyone will find the right wave in France. The French Atlantic coast consists mainly of wide sandy beaches, so-called beach breaks, which are ideal for surfing for beginners. But there are also reef breaks and point breaks for experienced surfers. The long, west-facing coastline delivers consistent waves, making surf trips in France possible all year round. A surfing holiday in France can be many things: a trip to the coast by bus, a week in a surf camp or a stay in a luxurious surf house. When surfing in France you can camp in nature or you can visit us!
Puresurfcamps offers and mediates a wide range of accommodation, surf camps and surf schools on the French Atlantic coast, in the area around Biarritz and Hossegor. For many German surfers, surfing started in a surf camp in France. A surf camp is the ideal way to learn to surf cheaply and safely while meeting lots of people and seeing more than just the beach.
We at Puresurfcamps meet the highest quality standards with our worldwide surf camps and partner camps in France and guarantee you a really perfect surfing holiday. So let's learn to surf at a surf camp in France. Because only in the very special surf camps in France can you learn to surf with real surf pros. Because surfing is not defined solely by strength, technique and experience. No, the mental aspect in particular plays a major role in surfing. That's why it makes a lot of sense to attend a surf course in a surf camp to learn how to surf safely and quickly.
The surf course does not cost much more than renting the equipment and teaches the important safety rules and the basics of surfing. The surf school and the surf instructor guarantee you ideal equipment and learning conditions. The most popular region for surfing is the southern French Atlantic coast in the area around Biarritz and Hossegor. Our Puresurfcamps and partnersurfcamps are located here!
Our high-end surf camp on the French Atlantic coast. Do you want a sports-focused surf holiday in a high-quality surf camp? Then you should definitely take a closer look at our 24+ Surf Camp in Moliets.
We offer you high-quality accommodation in our newly renovated mobile homes. The entire surf camp is furnished in a very modern style. When it comes to food, we attach great importance to local and rich ingredients. You don't have to worry about food, because in the 24+ surf camp you get two meals a day with us and you can prepare yourself a packed lunch at breakfast. The camp is located directly behind the dune and offers you and your friends the perfect retreat.
In the common area you can exchange ideas with the other guests or regenerate yourself after the surf session. If you still want to strengthen yourself for the next surf session, you can work on your mobility, balance and endurance in our outdoor gym. We have various devices and a personal trainer available for you on site.
The surf courses in the 24+ camp are more sport-focused. In our 13 hour course you will learn all the important basics to learn to surf in one week. Your success is our motivation. That's why we offer you a video analysis in addition to theory and practical lessons. Here we film all course participants of a surf session and analyze your individual movements in order to improve you as quickly as possible. The high standard in the 24+ camp is perfect for all adults who want to spend a unique surfing holiday with like-minded people.
The Surf Camp Seignosse is located directly on the beach and is run in a hostel style. The house is detached with a large garden and its own café on the ground floor. The surf spot "Estagnots" is located directly below the "Plage des Bourdaines" and above Hossegor with its world-famous waves "La Graviere" and "La Nord".
Many well-known European surfers live in this area and international surfing pros often visit the French surfing Mecca. The waves break over the sandy beach, which is why the spots are also great for beginners.
Yoga is included 3 times a week and is practiced in your own garden, in the pine forest directly behind the house or on the beach, which is actually right in front of the house. In the residential area around Estagnots there are a lot of cool scene bars, which also host extremely good parties in summer.
In addition to the beautiful property, the surf house includes a well-equipped studio kitchen, a cozy living room, 2 shared rooms and 3 double rooms. Two types of surf courses are offered, which are conducted by licensed and experienced surf instructors. In addition, you can book special surf guiding, provided you are already safe on the surfboard. Breakfast is included in the price. Once a week we organize a BBQ Surfboard Night, where we philosophize about all the interesting questions about lifestyle surfing with local surfers and shapers over a cold drink and delicious barbecue. On all other evenings you can cook together or try out the restaurants and bistros in the neighborhood. On the ground floor you can always get something delicious to eat in one of the two restaurants.
The Premium Surf Lodge France fulfills the dreams of every surfer! This surf lodge is beautifully situated in the middle of Hossegor, the hotspot for surfing in France. A detached, large property with a heated pool, garden, cozy terrace, large BBQ and located in the middle of nature.
A beautiful lake is located directly behind the lodge. There are several world-class surf spots in the vicinity, just 10 minutes from the Surflodge. In addition to the world-famous waves of Hossegor, you can also get to Capbreton very quickly, which is extremely well protected by its bays and can also absorb larger swells well.
Directly below is the beautiful coastal town of Biarritz. The lodge is extremely luxurious and newly renovated. From the outside, the house appears in the typical French farmhouse style, inside you can expect a stylish and cozy interior. The surf lodge has a fully equipped eat-in kitchen, both the suites and the double rooms have their own bathrooms with toilets. We offer surf courses for all levels and the surf equipment is freely available to guests of the lodge. In the morning you will be welcomed with a rich breakfast, which is included. Dinner can be booked or you can try the numerous restaurants in the area. Our culinary highlight is the Surf BBQ Party. We invite our friends and well-known shapers Mark Phipps & Phil Grace, who live just around the corner. If we have aroused your interest, come by directly or take a closer look at what awaits you. Just click on the link and we hope to see you very soon!
We are particularly proud of our new camping lodges at our Family Surf Camp Biscarrosse. Here you live in a large tent with separate bedrooms, so that the parents can enjoy some togetherness on vacation. The new surf camp in Biscarrosse is located in the middle of an idyllic pine forest and, with only 10 residential units, offers a very family atmosphere for all members.
We work with highly trained surf instructors who will look after you or your children during surfing lessons and provide high-quality surfing equipment. With us you can choose whether you want to take the surf courses with the whole family or whether the children should take the surf courses separately from their parents.
In the cozy surf camp we have a kids playground where we have prepared a lot of handicraft equipment, children's books and other toys for the little ones. In the community area, children as well as adults can exchange ideas with each other. Come and have the best time of your life with the whole family!