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It was pump­ing the day be­fore the Quik Pro started … #stan­dard

The clos­est world-class surf spot to us lot, aside from our gems at home obvs, are the leg­endary sand-blast­ing kegs of Hossegor. It is an es­sen­tial trip for us all. Whether you en­joy the mel­low long banks in Seignosse, the quick pits of Cap­bre­ton or the im­pres­sive arena that is La Graviere it’s some­where you’ve got to go.

Hossegor is a proper surf town, and for a brief win­dow in the early au­tumn, af­ter the sum­mer masses have fin­ished tan­ning their todgers, it is all surf­ing. Well, un­til the Quik Pro ends at least when the town pretty much shuts up shop. Sure it’s busy in the wa­ter when the pros are in town, but as soon as they sod off to Por­tu­gal, you’ve got the place to your­self, well, apart from the lo­cals and a few dozen like-minded van dwellers.

As an au­tumn mis­sion, it's just the per­fect daily pace in ideal weather. It’s a lit­tle bit fresh first thing but soon warms to a nice low 20s. The stan­dard day con­sists of a quick brekkie cof­fee and a pain au choc. Surf check. Jump in if it’s pump­ing. Sec­ond break­fast of cof­fee and an­other pas­try. Maybe an­other quick surf be­fore the on­shore comes up. Lunch, not pas­try based, odds on a cheese and ham baguette. Then the arvo is yours. Maybe an on­shore surf. Per­haps an­other pas­try and cof­fee. Just pos­si­bly eat­ing a whole wheel of cheese. Or just chill­ing in a cafe. Waxed for cof­fee. Cafe de Paris to watch the world go by. Or Coolin if you fancy an ale. Hell, you’re on holi­bobs, day­time drink­ing is okay. Evening tends to be a healthy feed at Lou­vine then some not healthy and, ad­mit­tedly, not cheap beers and much fun. And re­peat.

Life’s too short not to have some Hoss’ in your life*

*Of course if you want the place to your­self and mega pump­ing surf then go in Jan­uary. Good luck with find­ing any­where open to eat and drink apart from Le­clerc though.

Lit­er­ally the day be­fore the Quik Pro wait­ing pe­riod kicked off this was the scene at La Graviere... Kolohe Andino was the man of the morn­ing. WORDS AND PHO­TOS BY SHARPY (UN­LESS OTH­ER­WISE CRED­ITED)

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