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Title: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: RecSuppa on February 09, 2010, 07:11:27 AM
Hi guys,

There will be no surf trip for me this year, since I'll have to go to Europe for business, sometime between April and June.

So I was thinking about taking a three or four days interval in southern France, in some place where I can rent SUBs and surf some waves. The idea is to spend some time and have fun in the water, more than catching the right swell at the right place, right time... So I would rather go to an average but constant spot, with nice cafes and hotels nearby (I'm going with my wife who's also a cheff, so there's gotta be some fun for her too)

If you have any tips or directions, they'll be more than welcome.

Thanks a lot,

RecSuppa
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: colas on February 09, 2010, 10:07:21 PM
Your best bet for consistency will be near Biarritz. Just post in the forum at http://standuppaddle.site-forums.com/stand-up-paddle-f1/ (http://standuppaddle.site-forums.com/stand-up-paddle-f1/) (you can post in english), lots of local SUPers (and shop owners) will be able to help you.

I am on the French Riviera: warm and scenic but waves are elusive, you have to hunt them.
 
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: RecSuppa on February 10, 2010, 08:09:32 AM
Thanks a lot, Colas!

I've checked the forum, but unfortunately, I don't speak french and can't understand much of it. :-\

I'll post there later (in english) to see if I can get more info about the SUP in Biarritz area.

Thanks again and have a great SUP!

RecSuppa.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: linter on February 10, 2010, 01:22:37 PM
Where are those Gong guys located?

In any event, here's a link to their English-language forum.  Maybe post your question there.

http://www.gongsup.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=11&sid=d180ca7d6adb8302019bca2fb2a08927 (http://www.gongsup.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=11&sid=d180ca7d6adb8302019bca2fb2a08927)
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: viatormundi on May 29, 2017, 12:25:41 PM
Hi all,
I am planning a trip to Biarritz end of June. Which beaches would be suitable for SUP surfing? Any tips?

thx
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: clay on May 30, 2017, 04:20:39 PM
Hi,

I only prone surfed when I went.  I really enjoyed Biarritz and there were a couple SUS out at the time. Up the coast was getting hammered with swell and onshore winds, and Biarritz was sunny offshore and beautiful.  The beach breaks looked pretty heavy and challenging on a SUP.

San Sebastian down the coast is Spain is a pretty mellow beach break that seemed SUP friendly.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: viatormundi on May 31, 2017, 01:16:12 PM
Thx Clay,

I will take my SUP board with me and try some beaches I guess. Yes, San Sebastian is nice but we will skip it this time. It is a challenge to find a good priced lodging there.

Colas in the seabreeze forum gave me this information.

"
I would avoid the beaches in the Biarritz city, too crowded.
Basically, you have 4 options, from south to north:
- Hendaye beach, at the spanish border, a sheltered spot in case of wind or big swells, very relaxed and friendly
- Bidart https://surfermap.com/item/guide-surf-spot-bidart-plage-centrale/ not SUP hostile, unlike the famous lafitenia and guethary spots
- Anglet, the beach breaks between "La chambre d'amour" and the Adour estuary
- The beach breaks at Seignosse and up north till Bordeaux, much less crowded, but not surfable if waves bigger than 2.5m or onshore winds (that blow every afternoon), but no rocks, and clean water."

Hi,

I only prone surfed when I went.  I really enjoyed Biarritz and there were a couple SUS out at the time. Up the coast was getting hammered with swell and onshore winds, and Biarritz was sunny offshore and beautiful.  The beach breaks looked pretty heavy and challenging on a SUP.

San Sebastian down the coast is Spain is a pretty mellow beach break that seemed SUP friendly.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: APPST_Paddle on April 09, 2018, 07:02:39 AM
Reviving this thread, as I'm thinking of taking a similar trip through southern France/Spain in a year or so. SUP surfing - a rental would be great so I don't have to trek across the Atlantic and through Paris with a SUP.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: APPST_Paddle on February 11, 2019, 09:44:05 AM
Still looking for SUP surf rental/hire info in southern France. Looking to go with the wife for a few weeks late September/early October.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: surfinJ on February 12, 2019, 12:13:44 AM
The only sup specific shop that comes to mind has closed.  That said there are many surf shops renting boards so I would google the area you’re interested in and start inquiring. I’m sure someone around here is renting as it is quite a surf tourism zone. Good luck and drop a line when you’re here.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: APPST_Paddle on February 12, 2019, 02:59:19 AM
The only sup specific shop that comes to mind has closed.  That said there are many surf shops renting boards so I would google the area you’re interested in and start inquiring. I’m sure someone around here is renting as it is quite a surf tourism zone. Good luck and drop a line when you’re here.

Thanks - any decent kiting there? I know there is in southern France, but I'd rather ride waves. I'm mainly interested in renting a SUP, I haven't proned in years. I'm not certain as to where we are going yet, I thought we would basically hire a car and drive from Paris down the coast through Biarritz into Spain.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: surfinJ on February 12, 2019, 04:24:01 AM
Mostly the corner down here in the Southwest is a low wind region.  Kites are a rare sight and there are no schools reflecting that.  Up towards Bordeaux or the Mediterranean coast are where the kiters have the wind.

For the sup rental I meant from a general surf shop where I’m sure they will have some. Check the towns of hossegor, capbreton or bidart.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: APPST_Paddle on February 13, 2019, 03:59:35 AM
One last question (well, maybe) - if I have a choice between say late August/early September and mid-October. Which would be better in terms of crowds, waves, etc.

I'm guessing October, less crowded, etc. probably just have to deal with a 3/2 wetsuit hopefully (which I will bring).

Unfortunately, that's the same time we have usually pretty decent waves here, but that's when the wife can go.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: surfinJ on February 13, 2019, 09:26:10 AM
October for sure. The summer is mediocre waves with mega crowds and Sept brings on the offshores, groundswells. By Oct the top surf season is in full swing with the Quik Pro in the beginning of the month. Most days the swell is running about 6’ meaning all the spots will be working. And though it’s still warm a 3/2 will be handy in the chilly mornings.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: APPST_Paddle on May 31, 2019, 09:18:06 AM
Reviving this thread, flights booked (very cheapily might I add - $430 for upgraded seats on the front row of economy) - October 6 - 18. Probably 4 or 5 days in Paris/northern France, the rest of the time is wide open. Would like to train to Biarritz and then explore from there, maybe go to Spain as well.

Any suggestions/board hire, etc. would be welcomed.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: surfinJ on May 31, 2019, 01:28:22 PM
You are showing up outside of the main tourist season, but full on for the surf tourist season.  Some lineups will have crowds but lodging should be easy. 

You will need a car when you arrive as a spot you could install at and walk to board rentals and a walk to the breaks will leave you stuck with prone rentals and crowded water. 

If on a budget then doing just that will be fine.  Weather and water are still warm and the predominant off shores will ensure the beauty.

Search for a place to stay near "la Côte Basque" in Biarritz.  Plenty of prone and maybe sup rentals right on the beach.  The village of Bidart should have a similar setup.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: IslandRob on June 04, 2019, 08:17:31 PM
Heading to San Sebastian, Spain in late June-early July. Would love to surf SUP but looks like prone surfing is MUCH more popular. Crowds in the summer at main beach looks pretty crazy too. I saw some some delivery options for SUP/surfboards online and reached out to them (http://surfrentalsansebastian.com). They seem like a decent option. 

Anyone have any other resources? Worst-case I just plan to ask around for SUPs at the rentals/schools at Zurriola beach and figure it out when I get there.

-R
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: surfinJ on June 04, 2019, 10:54:56 PM
Unless just an easy surf in the city is enough, you will need wheels.  Zurriola is an average beach break with many surf schools.  The area is dotted with points and reefs.

Don't miss the evening tapas bars in the old part of the city.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: supthecreek on June 05, 2019, 03:48:21 AM
I found this SUP rental spot in Biarritz.

What a great town, you'll love it!
I spent 3 months living two blocks from la Grande Plage, in 1972.
Surfed a lot of great spots without crowds back then.

https://www.location-surf-biarritz.fr/
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: surfinJ on June 05, 2019, 04:34:52 AM
I checked it out, only inflatable for the SUPs.  And not in walking distance any beaches.  The are lots of surf schools down at the beach that usually have quite a selection of boards.  Probably your best bet.

And from the Grand plage that Rick mentions, Côte Basque a ten minute walk south, or just 5 min north by car to the miles of beaches in Anglet you will find plenty of surf.
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: APPST_Paddle on June 12, 2019, 09:01:20 AM
I checked it out, only inflatable for the SUPs.  And not in walking distance any beaches.  The are lots of surf schools down at the beach that usually have quite a selection of boards.  Probably your best bet.

And from the Grand plage that Rick mentions, Côte Basque a ten minute walk south, or just 5 min north by car to the miles of beaches in Anglet you will find plenty of surf.

Yeah, I looked for quite a bit, contacted Gong, etc. I think we are going to head to Greece (Santorini or Rhodes) and I may get some kiting in, if not, no big deal. We will tour around France some, but not the extended trip down into Spain (next trip).
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: surfinJ on June 12, 2019, 09:11:13 AM
If you come through here and there are waves we might be able to meet up for a surf.  I’ll have a board you can use.

Safe travels.
Check this out on Santorini 
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/06/12/travel/traveling-europe-summer-crowds.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
Title: Re: SUP in Southern France - Any tips on destinations?
Post by: eastbound on June 12, 2019, 10:46:44 AM
then there's skiathos, which i enjoyed--tho that was 30 yrs ago!