Surfing in France

Surfing in France

Surfing is one of the most popular sports nowadays and France provides a lot of opportunities for surfers.

Regions to surf in France

French surfing regions can be split into three main areas. There’s the Mediterranean coast in the south east where surf waves are small, often non-existent, so this is a great opportunity for beginners. Next is the North facing coast stretching from Brest in North Brittany right through the Normandy Coast to Belgium. The surf is better the closer to the North West tip, there are some nice reef breaks waiting for you to discover them. The further east you go the worse the wave gets. This area receives the same swells as the south coast of England.

The West, Atlantic facing coast is a place where the action is and this coast is for the true professionals.

The west coast of France

The west coast of France can again be split into 3 main surfing areas – South Brittany’s coast (furthest north), the Coast of Light (Cote de Lumiere) which stretches from Brittany down to La Rochelle and Poitou-Charente and then the Silver Coast (Gironde (Lacanau), Landes (Hossegor), and the Basque Country (Biarritz).

Brittany has plenty of large waves and has some mean reef breaks to suit the more experienced surfer. There are plenty of spots to keep away from the crowds and a large variety of wave types to suit every surfer.

The Coast of Light

The Coast of Light offers a wide variety of waves. It has some great waves for summer surfers and is generally less crowded that the Silver Coast surf spots. There are also plenty of surf school options for anyone wanting to learn to surf.

The Silver Coast has a lot of surf spots. The quality of the waves here is so good due to the funnel shape of the Bay of Biscay – channeling the waves in to the eager surfers. The pick of the waves can be found around Hossegor and Biarritz — be prepared for the crowds in the summer.
Those wanting big waves spots should go to some well-known places as Belharra and Guethary. Both can handle 5 meter swells.


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