Shaking off our hangovers & surfing amazing French waves


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Us being tourists
Yet again another hung-over morning found us (4 mates that road tripped 14,000 miles across Europe) lying in bed itching to get back in the water and surf. Being in San Sebastian without any swell, we somehow simultaneously nursed our throbbing heads whilst driving to France to score some more amazing waves. One of the breaks we surfed was out of this world amazing. So truly incredible it has even earned its place in my top 5 surf spots in the entire world!

First stop in France was Biarritz, where everybody (mostly Europeans and backpackers) flocks to for their holidays. Arriving in the evening we parked up by the beach and woke up the next morning to 3-4ft clean waves, perfect! Heading out the crowd became slightly denser as the morning progressed. Though there were not a lot of great surfers in the line ups, the level of surfing was slightly increased compared to Portugal.
The waves were super fun, some great rights but even better lefts providing 3-4 turn waves all the way into the shore (waves breaking right to the sand). I got talking to one guy I met in the water who surfs France a

A busy beach in Biarritz, France

lot from season to season. He suggested we head to a placed called Capbretonjust south of Hossegor where the surf wouldn’t disappoint.

After our surf the following morning, we set the GPS to Capbreton to see if this guy knew what he was talking about. And boy did he ever! Once we rocked up and walked over the dunes, there it was, absolutely pumping (really good).

Being quite a distance from the water we noticed all sorts of concrete blocks/shapes scattered along the beach. They seemed to be planted on obscure angles with half on the sand and half in the water.
The next day when we were surfing, one of the boys spoke to a local who informed us these are not just concrete blocks but World War II bunkersfrom back in the 1940’S.
They had been built up on the cliff where we looked down from (watching the surf) to protect the shores of France. As the years passed the weather and tides took its toll on the cliff and it slowly erodedleaving these bunkers strewn along the beach.

WWII Bunkers in Capbreton
It was like something out of an artistic surf movie. Perfect waveswith the most amazing back drop of graffiti covered World War II ornamentshalf exposed from the sand and water as the waves broke upon them.
After a few days of surfing amazing waves in Capbreton we thought we should check out Hossegor (another famous break also once on the surfing WCT). To our surprise Hossegor was fairly averageas the tide was high, making the wave’s fat (full –which means not being able to break) and only breaking hard on the shore.
Not the greatest surfing conditions, but with that we briefly walked the stretch of beach before feasting for lunch. After which, we decided heading back to Capbreton would be best for our last surf before the dreaded time came on the next day to sell out boards and move on.
Graffiti art on the bunkers
It was a bit sad knowing it was our last surf for a while and we surfed until our arms could no longer paddle. Selling the boards was inevitable because there was no need for them on the next leg of the trip and they would only be a hindrance in the already crowded van.
However selling the boards proved to be harder than expected, even lowering our price to 40 Euro at every shop we tried. We got onto one guy who wanted to learn (to surf) and brought one of the boards for 15 Euro. He also called his mate who surfs to ask him if he wanted our other 3. So the mate happily took them off our hands for a mere 90 Euro.
Capbreton, France
He was stoked, he just got the bargain of the year, no make that the century! We were left gutted by the fact that our boards had to be sold for next to nothing.
Oh well with that slight downfall we couldn’t mope in despair as we had another 12 amazing countries in Europe to road trip through, Yaaaay!!
Where is your favourite surf spot in Europe?

 

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