Summer has arrived and to celebrate that, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the best surf camps in France for teenagers and twenty somethings. Surf camps are a great way to ride waves and learn how to ride waves, and you will also meet a lot of like-minded people.
Most surf camps in France are concentrated in the Landes and the Basque region, located in the Southwest of France at the Bay of Biscay. I want to start with a warning: the ocean can be very dangerous, always check the conditions, ask the locals and inform yourself what to do in problem situations.
Brunotti Beach Camp – Vieux-Boucau
Mainly Dutch youth goes here. The camp is situated very close to the beach at a camping in Vieux-Boucau. The dinners that are offered by the staff are great, but almost all of the surfboards are soft boards. Bring your hardtop if you want to ride one. The ocean can be especially dangerous here, but you will have a great time in the water if you pay attention to when the conditions are good. Nightlife is fun in Vieux-Boucau, according to my experiences. www.brunotti.com/beachcamp/boeken.html
SurfBlend – Moliets
SurfBlend offers various surfcamps in Europe and one in Bali, Indonesia. I have a special bonding with Moliets because that is the place where I caught my first waves. The company offers different kinds of lodging and more. Nightlife in Moliets is quite fun, with different kinds of venues and a lot of people from the surf camps. There is L’Open, a place with life music that I recommend. http://www.surfblend.com/en/searchbook
Breakloose – Mimizan
Mimizan is a place that feels more like a mediterranean party town with waves in some ways. The people are still cool, though, and a variety of surf camps are being hosted in Mimizan. I remember the waves as good to practice surfing in summer and you will not be bored during the night. www.breakloose.com
O’Neill – Mimizan
The second camp in Mimizan, which is much bigger compared with the Breakloose camp. The crowd is mainly late Dutch high schoolers and early students. They have a lot of activities and bonding within the camp.
Nomad Surfers – Hossegor
The surf camp in Hossegor by the international company Nomad surfers seems to be a perfect solution if you prefer a small scale and improve your surfing abilities during your stay. Hossegor is known as a more advanced and expert spot: a lot of official championships are being held here, and the town feels like a cosmopolitan surf town if you walk through it. Nomad Surfers limit their number of guests at 13 per stay so you have an idea of what the size of the camp is. http://www.nomadsurfers.com/destination/europe/france/hossegor-surfcamp/
Come back soon because we are working on a sheet what to think about when booking a surf camp!