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If you want to try your hand at surfing but do not want to commit to a full week or you just can not spare the time, this retreat is perfectly made for you! Your surfing experience with Feral Surf Camps will forever be a fond memory because they have carefully selected the best location to ensure you visit one of the best and least crowded spots along the French coast.
You will be accommodated in tipi village. In this retreat, you will need to provide your own sleeping bag. All their tipi accommodation at the surf camp is fitted with real carpets, beds, plug sockets, and funky lighting, creating a hotel room feeling. You will not find another surf camp offering such high standards. To ensure that you get great value for money and a chance to enjoy nature's bounty, Feral Surf Tours will be staying in specially designed tipi’s, amongst the sand dunes and pine forests only 50 meters from the beach.
The surf camp fits for either two or four people, if you are a couple and would like private twin tipi as your accommodation, please let them know during the booking process. Camp capacity is limited to 15 guests to maintain their high standards and allowing their staff to get to know each guest individually. Their camp is fully equipped with hot shower and toilet facilities.
Feral Surf Camps location has been carefully selected to ensure you visit one of the best and least crowded spots along the French coast, all so your surfing experience with them will forever be a fond memory. Feral has the very best learner-specific boards and equipment for all their guests which will not let you down while you take on the waves. They can also supply more advanced boards for the enthusiastic new surfer.
All of their instructors are fully accredited surf coaches with the International Surf Association and hold current Surf Life Saving GB beach lifeguard qualifications. All of their lessons are run with a ratio of one coach to eight students, the perfect ratio for you guys having fun and their coaches to educate you properly. For advanced surfers that have left their board at home, they have a range of boards long or short to keep you entertained!
They also provide a large range of wetsuits from petit to grand (that is French) to fit all sizes. It is also possible to bring your own board, however, they can not accept liability for any damage to personal boards or wet-suits. Surf lessons are not available on your arrival or departure day.
This retreat takes place in Le Pin Sec. Le Pin Sec is one of France's best kept secrets, hidden and surrounded by the beautiful pine forests and sand dunes. It offers many uncrowded peaks and a short walk to the north or south, peaks with no one on them at all. The west coast of France gets battered by Atlantic swells all year round, it is very rare that there will be little or no surf. On good off shore days high and low tide, it can provide some epic hollow barrels.
France's most famous waves lie in the south west, this 200 plus kilometers of beach contains world-class surf spots and the famous trench which bisects the continental shelf, delivering Atlantic power straight onto the beach. As you travel south the water warms and the surf becomes more consistent, with the west facing coastline offering the greatest consistency.
France has some of the best beach breaks in the world and is a mecca for all aspiring surfers out there looking to score perfect waves! With a little luck, you could be surfing green beach break barrels or solid rock shelf peaks, couple that with fine wine, gorgeous women, hundreds of years of history and architecture, and you have got the potential for the surf trip of a lifetime.
The west coast of France can be split into three main surfing areas, which are South Brittany's coast (furthest north), the coast of light (Cote de Lumiere) which stretches from Brittany down to La Rochelle and Poitou-Charente, and then the silver coast (Gironde (Lacanau), Landes (Hossegor), and the Basque Country (Biarritz), meeting with Spain in the south.
The silver coast has surf spot, after surf spot, after surf spot. If the swell is good, the entire coast lights up. This really is the area to head for with some ultra hollow consistent beach breaks to pound all day. The quality of the waves here is so good due to the funnel shape of the bay of Biscay, channelling the waves in to the eager surfers, and it is there where they find the infamous Feral Surf Tipi village.
An hour away by train is the beautiful French city of Bordeaux. If you fancy a break from the surf and sand, then head to Bordeaux for the day to visit historical places, frequent the shops, meander your way along the riverside, or dine in a beautiful restaurant. Bordeaux is a very cultural city with lots to see and do. On your free time, you can visit Lac d'Hourtin. It is France's largest natural fresh water lake with a surface area of 6,600 hectares and is situated just 10 minutes from the surf camp.
It is an ideal location for chilling out, sailing, windsurfing, or getting out on a stand up paddles board (SUP). On lazy afternoons, you like to take lunch there, set up some beach volleyball, and just hang out. It is a great spot to cycle to with bespoke cycle paths meandering their way through the forest to the lake from the surf camp and great cycle paths circling the lake itself. Lac d'Hourtin is a must see during your stay.
You will be served daily meals. All your meals are inclusive during your stay at the Feral Surf Camp. Each morning at 08:00, breakfast is served as a buffet including tea, coffee, fruit juices, cereal, croissant, pan au chocolate, and fruit. At lunch, you will have a choice of baguettes, tortilla wraps or cous-cous salads to choose from, and dependent on the day’s activities.
These will either be pre-made for you by their team or presented as a buffet at lunchtime for you to create your own feast. You can then enjoy this on the beach or back at the surf camp.These are an altogether different feast back at the camp, every night you will see a different theme to include Mexican, Italian, India, barbecue, and many more.
Their very own surf camp chef will lovingly prepare, cook, and serve the meals at 19:30 each evening. There is no skimping on quality or flavor, so you stay healthy and energized for the next day's surf. Feral surf tour caters for anyone with specific dietary requirements, veggie's, vego's, and allergies. There are also a number of bars and restaurants on site and in the surrounding area should you choose to eat and drink away from camp some nights.
For the experienced horse riders staying at the surf camp amongst you, if you fancy something a little different to your normal hacks at home, the local riding center offers riding sessions through the pine forests, dunes, and down to the beach, allowing you to hack along the coast line. Fun for both the rider and their steed.
Great for if the surfer is not playing ball one morning or afternoon, or for large groups, you can release some stress and gain some probably un-wanted bruises, and try your hand at becoming rambo in the local pine forest.
During the peak months of July and August, Montalivet holds daily morning markets, a typical French market where everything is on offer here from clothing to a massive array of food and wine including freshly caught oysters. It is a great way to indulge in a little French culture and get the taste buds flowing in the morning.
Wednesday evenings, you can see Hourtin Plage buzz with life, holding an evening street market with your standard stall and street performers. It is always a nice way to un-wind after a day’s surfing.
For those staying at the surf camp looking for real adventure and adrenaline, rushes tandem skydives can be booked. Just 10 minutes up the road in Soulac, their crazy Dutch friends run a tandem skydiving centre. Jumping from 14,000 feet, you can fall free through the skies above the ocean and beach which can be a real once in a lifetime experience.
Every Thursday afternoon, their surf camp guests will have the option of joining them very own wine tasting session at a local Chateau in the Medoc, Bordeaux region. Learn how the wine making process is undertaken, a little history behind French wine, how to spot a good vintage, and taste different flavors amongst the wine in one of the worlds most famous and historic wine regions!
Yoga sessions can be booked once you have arrived at the camp. The relation between yoga and surfing is like the union of the moon and the sun or the tides and the swell. They both work wonderfully together in order to calm and balance your mind and body after a strenuous day of paddling and surfing.
Yoga compliments surfing in many ways, it helps you to improve your balance and posture, improve flexibility and muscle strength (especially core, arms, and leg muscles), sharpen your mental focus to prevent injuries and chronic pain in neck, shoulders, hips, lower back, and knees, calm the adrenaline rush after a vigorous activity like surfing, deeply relax the body and nervous system, activate the natural self-healing mechanism, and detoxifying the body.
Since you spend some time paddling and waiting for a wave, you can focus and keep alert through a few simple yoga techniques. Your yoga practice will help you when you need that extra paddle to get into the next wave, or to regain energy between sets, or even to calm yourself after a wipeout. The yoga classes with be instructed by Johanna. Johanna teaches alignment orientated yoga that includes flowing elements which are closely related to a pop up on a surfboard.
There is no better way to stretch out these aching muscles after a long day of paddling whilst enjoying the sundown. Lessons are vary from gentle to more dynamic and are suitable for anyone (beginners and advanced) who is looking to benefit their surfing skills.
Following a gentle warm up, you begin to lengthen the body. With the flow of your breath, you release pressure to rebalance the body. The flow of prana (breath) energy helps you to stay focused and go deeper into the yoga postures and experience your true self, like you do when catching a wave and feel the power of the ocean. Yoga is the ultimate form of balance, bringing peace and harmony into many aspects of your life with continuous practice.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). Feral Surf Tours will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
Please book your ticket to Lesparre, Medoc station. Feral Surf Tours will pick you up from the train station. The pick-up is included in the price. Arrivals and departures by train are available every day.