South Western France

Bonjour girls, wish you were here!

My journey was from Basel, Switzerland, where my aunt and cousin Julian live. It was high time my 19 year old cousin learn to surf. I had been talking about it since he was 8. His mother was weary to send him to California because “You can check in any time you like but you can never leave.“ Since I was visiting, I thought Pays Basque month of September, you can’t go wrong really.

First we stayed a couple of nights in Paris my post grad stomping ground. One night in Biarritz to see the Cité de l’Ocean museum. Only the waves were so captivating we ended up watching surfers in real life instead of in photos or film at the museum.

The train pulled into the St. Vincent de Tyrosse station where we were greeted by Sebastien and the Natural Surf Lodge

van (10% discount if you arrive via train). We were delighted. This is a cozy, green, eco-friendly, low carbon footprint lodge & spa. Julian and I shared a quaint and super clean room. There were guests from Paris, other parts of France, Canada, US, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands.

Up and out for a surf first thing in the AM. The forecast was for 2-3 meter waves meaning 9-12’. Wet suits and boards are provided, off we went in the hands of the owners Cliare and Stéphan. Both experienced and knowledgeable surfers. They had a beginners and int./advanced group.

Yoga, and massages are offered after surfing. Some of the guests had their own cars so we’d explore the Spanish boarder or small towns Hossegor and Siegnosse.

The waves the first day were large. So big 3 meters, we ended up surfing inside a port, a beautiful port called St. John de Luz. That’s where I rode a brand new board, made and imported from Hawaii and promptly broke it after a dismount in a shallow rocky area. Bummer!

The next five day we had a blast many languages spoken, fun meals, gorgeous full moon. Did I mention they have a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and tree house where they give massages? This was my first ever surf camp, I loved it and had a blast!


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