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HOP ON BOARD FOR A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE SURF SPOTS
Hossegor is arguably the best stretch of beach break in Europe. Sure Portugal gives it a run for its money, but on sheer variety from gravelly kegs of doom to hundred metre point style setups the ever-changing banks of Les Landes rule. They're also the most popular destination for British surfers needing some sun and sand shoved where the sun don't shine.
1. La Graviere. The most famous wave in Hoss’ and the arena of dreams when on. The fearsome shore break barrels break boards and bones. Fun as hell at three-foot, testing for the world's best at eight.
2. Les Cul Nuls. Translates as ‘Bare Bums’ and you can swerve unsightly old man todgers as you'll be more interested in the waves. This zone is often home to the Quik/roxy Pro, as it was this year.
3. Les Estagnots / Bourdaines /Penon. The car park scene of all of our youths. Estagnots can be home too long epic banks and van parties that go on longer than the residents would like.
4. The Lake. Tranquil, good for SUP and home to an oyster farm the famous pond is now controversial. It's being dredged to desilt it, which makes sense, but the gunge will be pumped out at Capbreton closing the southside beaches for the whole winter.
5. More sand. The beach stretches uninterrupted, save the odd small river, for a hundred miles from here to Lacanau up by Bordeaux. Messanges, Vieux Boucou, Mimizan and more can all be epic on their day.
6. The Centrale. Home to the legendary Rock Food, Dick's Sand Bar and Coolin this is party central and where to score the 'all your meals in one go’ sandwich Americane, in essence, burger and chips in a baguette. A late eve lifesaver.
7. Capbreton. Out of shot to the south lies Prevent, Santocha and the legendary La Piste. Picking up less swell than the north side Cap is your destination when Hoss' is too big, or it's hell on shore. The town beaches are rampy and fun. When it's mega clean the La Piste stretch’s draining funnels are some of the finest in Europe.