ALL SEE­ING EYE

HOP ON BOARD FOR A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE SURF SPOTS

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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.

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