The Landes region is very popular with surfers, and for good reason: its beaches offer some of the best waves in Europe for this exhilarating sport. If you’re looking for an ideal destination for your next surfing holiday, discover what the Landes region has to offer.
The advantages of the Landes coastline for surfing
The 106 kilometers of coastline between Biscarrosse and Hossegor offer a multitude of quality surf spots, suitable for all levels. The diversity of beaches and swell conditions means surfers can enjoy their passion to the full, according to their skills and desires. What’s more, the presence of numerous surf clubs and schools facilitates access to this discipline for beginners and experienced surfers alike.
A generous swell
Thanks to its geographical location, the Landes coast enjoys a regular, powerful swell all year round. The best times to enjoy excellent surfing conditions are spring and autumn, while in summer the waves are more suitable for beginners. Watch out in winter, though, when Atlantic storms can generate impressive waves for experienced surfers.
Beaches as far as the eye can see
The Landes region boasts some of Europe’s finest sandy beaches, ideal for surfing. These include Hossegor, Capbreton and Seignosse, which are particularly renowned for the quality of their waves. However, there are many other lesser-known spots that are just as interesting for surfers in search of thrills and exceptional scenery.
The best surf spots in the Landes
With so many surf spots to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to put your board. Here is a selection of the best places to surf in the Landes:
- Hossegor: considered Europe’s surfing capital, this seaside resort offers several world-renowned spots, including La Gravière, Les Culs Nus and La Nord.
- Seignosse: with its long beaches bordered by dunes and pine forests, this commune is a real paradise for surfers. The main spots are Les Estagnots, where our school is located, Le Penon and Les Bourdaines.
- Capbreton: located just south of Hossegor, it offers several breaks suitable for all levels, including La Piste, Le Prevent and Santocha.
- Mimizan: this spot is ideal for beginners and intermediate surfers, with its gentle, regular waves. Lespecier beach, a little further north, also offers a pleasant setting for surfing.
- Biscarrosse: this seaside resort boasts several beaches suitable for surfing, including La Sud and Le Grand Crohot, which offer quality waves without being too crowded.
Precautions to take when surfing in the Landes
To make the most of your surfing experience in the Landes, it is essential to follow certain safety rules:
- Check the weather forecast and swell conditions before heading out to a spot. For that, you have sites like Surf Report.
- Find out more about the characteristics of the spot (seabed, currents, tides) on our website.
- Never surf alone, especially if you’re a beginner or on an unfamiliar spot.
- Observe safety instructions and designated areas for various water sports (swimming, surfing, bodyboarding).
- Choose equipment adapted to your level and surf conditions (board, wetsuit, leash).
Surfing in the Landes is a not-to-be-missed experience for all surfing and thrill-seekers. With their exceptional waves, unspoilt natural setting and friendly atmosphere, the Landes spots promise unforgettable holidays on France’s Atlantic coast.
Our surf school in Seignosse
Our surf school in Seignosse is located on the beach of Les Estagnots and welcomes you from May to September. Run by a team of passionate professionals, our school offers courses for all ages and levels, from beginner to expert. It offers a progressive, personalized approach to learning to surf, in a friendly, relaxed and safe environment.
At Esta Surf School, every student is the center of attention. Thanks to small group sizes, our certified instructors are able to monitor each apprentice surfer individually, for optimum supervision.
What’s more, we offer a complete experience: in addition to surfing lessons, you’ll receive advice on equipment selection, weather and sea conditions analysis, and discovery of the region’s different spots. We can also help you comply with safety regulations and the surfer’s code of conduct, to ensure that you enjoy your surfing experience in an environmentally-friendly way.
A course with us is the assurance of a unique experience, rich in emotions, discoveries and progress. Whether you’re a surfing enthusiast looking to hone your technique, a beginner eager to embark on an adventure, or a family looking to share unforgettable moments, Esta Surf School is the surf school for you in Seignosse. Come and join us, and let the waves carry you along!