1 Médoc Marathon, 9th September
Dubbed ‘The Longest Marathon in the World’ this odyssey across the vineyards of the Medoc is not forthe faint-hearted. Not only are runners obliged to indulge in fine foods and drink copious amounts of fine wine, making 23 indulgent pit-stops during the course of the race, but they do all this in costume. Oh, and did I mention, there’s a late-night pasta-party and drinking session the night before! Are they superhuman? www.marathondumedoc.com
2 The Ocean Climax Festival in Cenon, 8th-10th September
A music festival mobilising against the degradation of the world’s oceans. Big crowds of up to 8000 will descend on Parc Palmer for 3 days of music and sporting displays, plus the chance to engage with leading NGOS and climate change activists. This year’s line-up has still not been announced, but last year Air and
De La Soul headlined. Last year’s sporting spectacles included BMX and Bike-polo displays!
Parc Palmer, Cenon www.oceanclimax.fr
3 Agora Biennale, September 15th-25th
A cultural event exploring Bordeaux’s ambitious and multi-faceted urban renewal which began in 1995. Taking in urban planning and architecture, theatre, photography and literature, Agora is also a forum for debate around urban development.
Hangar 14, 14, quai des Chartrons www.agorabordeaux.fr
4 Riding the ultimate wave - on a river! 22nd September
In 2015, a youtube video of 77 surfers, kayakers and jet-skiers all riding the same low, continuously rolling wave went viral. A tidal bore or mascaret, formed when a wide river, The Gironde splits off into two narrower rivers, the Garonne and the Dordogne. The bottleneck, and the changeable tides on these rivers, creates a wave which can be surfed for hours. Just up river from Bordeaux, between Libourne and St. Pardon, surfers convene on a shallow spot in the river to wait for the wave. Because the change of the tide sets it in motion, they can anticipate the exact second to hop onto their boards! This natural phenomenon takes place every Spring and Autumn Equinox, the latter falls on the 22nd September. www.standupjournal.com