Hossegor, land of the surfer and cyclist

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.

Joe making his way to the beach with board under arm

Joe making his way to the beach with board under arm

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.

358_44461815165_3481_n

Yep, that’s Kelly Slater, fighting off the hoards of autograph hunters as he wins his round

358_44461900165_801_n

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.

Enjoying the sunset and a glass of vino on Capbreton beach

Enjoying the sunset and a glass of vino on Capbreton beach

Good times in Dicks Sand Bar

Good times in Dicks Sand Bar

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.

All ages enjoy the surfing

All ages enjoy the surfing

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s