As our fourth visit to the region of Hossegor, Capbreton and Seignosse we knew something of what to expect. In fact the original seed for our Atlantic travels began here two years ago. We realised a two week holiday just isn't enough time to get decent waves and that camping in a tent can suck in stormy weather. Our van life aspirations were born; this time we wouldn't miss out.
Hossegor is surf saturated, it has the European HQs for Billabong and Ripcurl while also hosting WSL competitions. It has the largest surf outlet retail park I've ever seen. Surf shops are like grocery stores around here. Even the eateries top the range of rad with a health conscious streak. SushiStop with its pro surfer hall of fame and Le Surfing with spicy beef salads tastier than London's trendy Vietnamese restaurants. It's easy to burn cash here.
With the waves came rainy storms and days of limited activity, thankfully the Sourceo spa in Dax kept us fresh. Spa's usually just dial up your temperature in eerie dark sweaty rooms but to our delight, this one had mini rapids, a bubble volcano and a cornucopia of waterfalls. A worthy stop off although not the town itself.
Our week here went fast, the waves were generally crowded and littered with beginners but Duncan still scored a memorable day of surfing at Capbreton 15/9. We met fellow camper surf friends and had something new to do each day, no doubt there will be a fifth visit.