Inspired by my latest post about the bike-friendly streets of Budapest I thought I’d share a few old memories from the beautiful and achingly cool beach town Hossegor in South West France.
Surfers out there will already be aware that Hossegor is the European destination for a summer of surf, music and wine. Every year the Quicksilver Pro world tour lands for a week usually towards the end of September (dependant on wave height) and the town is transformed from laid-back surfer hang out to a mecca for some of the world’s most prolific surfing names, not to mention a host of incredible up and coming bands – the first year we went in 2008 a fresh-faced Ben Howard performed in a tiny bar on the edge of a near-defunct skate park.
Returning three years in a row we were never disappointed by the acts the competition put on, the surf films shown at dusk accompanied by a beer in the main square and the all-too-cool DJ sets put held inside the towns modestly sized Quicksilver shop.
What made these holiday’s year-on-year the best however, was that we never once needed a car to get around. Each year we stayed in Capbreton, a small village 20 minutes South of Hossegor centre, and every year we hired bikes to get us around, it seemed very much to be the thing to do, it was cheap, and the bikes each came with a basket on the front-perfectly pitched to hold our barrels of 5 Euro red wine.
As a little memory jog for those fortunate to have experienced Hossegor and the cycling opportunities at this time of year, here’s a little snapshot, plus a lovely video of Ben Howard, because he is pretty amazing.