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From Lacanau to Cordouan, surfing has been the most popular activity over the past few years. It is a way of life, depending only on the tides and the waves. Your holiday will be based around surfing lessons and courses, equipment rental and the Surf Shop. Just take your board and find the best surf spot in Carcans Plage, Hourtin Plage, Montalivet-les-Bains or Soulac-sur-Mer.
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Médoc Atlantique has become one of the most popular surfing destinations, with its 120 km of beaches, it really is heaven on earth for wave lovers. You will not be able to resist the waves here... On your stomach, standing or on your knees, this will be your dream holiday and the opportunity to be at one with your board. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced surfer, come and enjoy the thrills the ocean has to offer! Médoc Atlantique is the home of around fifty surf schools if you want to learn how to surf or just improve your skills.
Find out about all the surf schools in the destination
Surfing, a way of life!GO WITH THE FLOW OF THE TIDE...
The typical image of a surfer is salty hair, sun cream on their face and barefoot! When surfing you take the time to enjoy the weather and the waves. Here you will find the best times for surfing, best places to go, away from the summer crowds and the most relaxing spots. We love the village of Carcans Plage, Hourtin Plage, Le Gurp and Le Pin Sec where you can really feel that surfing is a local passion.
Let's talk surfing!The surfer's dictionary
To be able to speak like a pro, here are some essential surfer terms!
- Barrel: a curved wave in which surfers can go tube-riding.
- Line up: area where the surfer waits for a wave.
- Off shore: wind causing the waves to break more slowly and cleanly
- Peak: take-off point where the wave starts to roll out
- Series: a group of waves which arrive quite close together
- Shore break: Waves which break on the beach
- Leash: a cord which attaches the surfer to the board; worn around the ankle with a Velcro strap.
- Wax: spread onto the board so it isn't slippy
The Caraïbos Lacanau Pro EventThe surfing event not to be missed!
The famous "Lacanau Pro" started in 1979 and was the first professional surfing competition to be held in France. Still today, surfing professionals get together here to challenge each other in the second round of the Championship Tour. Famous surfers such as Tom Curren, Martin Potter, Damien Hardman, Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina have competed here.
Find out about the Lacanau Pro
Do you want more?
In Médoc Atlantique there is a large choice of activities, come and take a look!