France’s Atlantic coast is a surfer’s paradise, and of all the destinations available, Hossegor is undoubtedly the most popular. This town in the Landes region offers exceptional surfing conditions, with impressive, consistent waves that attract professionals from all over the world. If you’re planning a surftrip to Hossegor, here are a few tips to help you organise your stay.
Find out about the best times to surf in Hossegor
First of all, it’s essential to choose the right time to go to Hossegor. Surfing conditions vary according to the season, and certain times of the year are better than others for taking full advantage of the waves.
Spring and autumn: the best times for experienced surfers
For experienced surfers, spring and autumn are the ideal times to surf in Hossegor. The waves are generally bigger and more powerful than in summer, offering a unique spectacle and experience. April, May, September and October are particularly recommended.
Summer: a great season for beginners and families
If you’re a beginner or if you want to go on a family surfing trip, then summer is a more suitable time. The waves are smaller and less powerful during this season, so you can learn to surf in complete safety. What’s more, the pleasant temperatures and the many activities on offer in the area make Hossegor an ideal destination for a summer holiday.
Choosing the right type of accommodation for your needs
Hossegor offers a wide choice of accommodation to suit all budgets and all types of traveller. Here are a few options to consider:
- Les hôtels : de nombreuses enseignes sont présentes à Hossegor, allant du simple établissement 2 étoiles aux hôtels haut de gamme avec spa et piscine.
- Campsites: if you prefer to be closer to nature, there are several campsites available around Hossegor. Some even have special areas for surfers.
- Les locations saisonnières : louer un appartement ou une maison peut être une solution intéressante, surtout si vous voyagez en groupe ou en famille.
- Surf camps: these accommodation options for surfers generally offer professional supervision and a friendly atmosphere.: these accommodation options for surfers generally offer professional supervision and a friendly atmosphere. It’s the ideal way to perfect your technique while benefiting from the experience of other enthusiasts.
- Travelling by van: if you’re travelling by van, unfortunately you won’t be welcome at the seaside, where car parks are off-limits. That said, if you drive 5 minutes inland, you’ll find places to sleep in peace and quiet, especially towards Seignosse.
The right equipment for surfing in Hossegor
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, it’s important to be well equipped before setting off on your surfing trip to Hossegor. Here are a few essential elements:
- Surfboard: choose a board suited to your level and the wave conditions you’ll encounter. If you don’t want to carry your own equipment, you can hire a surfboard in Seignosse via our school.
- Wetsuits: even if the water temperatures are generally pleasant in Hossegor, a wetsuit is recommended to protect you from the cold and from rubbing against the board. Choose a model suited to the season and the length of your sessions.
- Accessories: don’t forget to take your leash (the cord that attaches the board to your ankle), wax and strong sun cream with you.
Familiarise yourself with Hossegor’s surf spots
Hossegor is renowned for its many surf spots offering quality waves. Here are some of the most famous:
- La Gravière: this legendary spot offers impressive tubular waves, suitable for experienced surfers.
- Les Culs Nus: located between La Gravière and Les Estagnots, this spot is renowned for its power and tubes. It is also suitable for experienced surfers.
- Les Estagnots: this beach offers waves that are more accessible for beginners, but still interesting for intermediate surfers. This is where you’ll find our surf school in Seignosse.
- La Nord: in summer, this beach doesn’t offer many waves, but in winter it’s an excellent spot for big waves without putting yourself in danger.
- La Sud: a beach that works well at low tide. A retreat spot that produces smaller waves than elsewhere. There are many surf schools here.
To make the most of your surfing trip to Hossegor, don’t hesitate to ask the locals or surf schools for information about the spots best suited to your level and the current conditions.