France Surf Spots

Hossegor: the famous beach breaks of Aquitaine

France enjoys a temperate climate. There's alpine temperature in the highest mountains, but the oceanic and Mediterranean temperature prevail.

The country has warm summers and cold winters, like many of the Western European nations. The mean temperature in France is between of 13ºC, considering all different regions.

France is one of the best surf destinations in the world. French surfers have the opportunity to catch waves in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. In the Southwestern coastline, you can find the European surf industry headquarters. It's the Aquitaine region.

In France, the best surf spots are located in the Atlantic coast. The Basque Coast offers great waves. Parlementia, Lafitenia and Belharra can deliver giant bombs, in special days.

If you head North, you get to the heart of French surfing: the Anglet/Biarritz area. Here, look for Les Cavaliers, Côte des Basques and the Grande Plage.

Hossegor is another great surfing region. Les Culs Nuls, La Gravière, La Nord, La Sud and Capbreton offer great waves and splendind background scenarios.

After Landes, you get to the Gironde surf spots where you should try the tidal bore river wave of Les Mascarets. Drive to the coast and experience a true classic: Lacanau, one of Europe's most consistent surf spot.

In the Central region of Vendée, there are several uncrowded surf spots, but L'Embarcadère is a classic pick.

Up in the North, the Finistère region has consistent and powerful surf. As you head to The Channel region, Yport, Calais and Cap Gris-Nez are the best surf spots.

Finally, in the Mediterranean coast, the best wave peaks are located in Canet Plage, Gruissan, Carnon, Galiote and St. Laurent du Var.

Visit the Fédération Française de Surf and the Fédération Française de Voile websites.

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