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Why Biarritz is an Absolute Must for Surfers

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Updated: 27 June 2017
Well known for its dreamy beaches and its nice surfing spots as well, Biarritz is the undisputed epicenter of surfing in France. So surfers who plan on heading to France, here are some of the reasons why Biarritz should be at the top of anyone’s places-to-surf bucket list.

It’s the Birthplace of Surf in Europe

Biarritz became a popular surfing spot while the movie The Sun Also Rises (based on an Ernest Hemmingway novel) was filmed. The first few surfers attempting to ride the waves at the Cote des Basques beach were foreigners, but the locals quickly adopted the sport. Today, surf is fully integrated as part of the region’s culture.

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It’s a Great Place to Start Surfing

Don’t be cocky; those who have never tried surfing should take some classes first use surfing material matching abilities, not fantasies. The good news is that Biarritz is a great place to start because there are a lot of large beaches where beginners can take lessons while observing more-experienced surfers. The Jo Moraiz Surf School or Hastea Surf School Biarritz are great places to start.

Experienced Surfers Will For Sure Find Their Sweet Spot

Whether in Biarritz’s Grande Plage, Cote des Basques’ beaches, or head to the cities around, the Basque region is a surfing haven and surfers come from all over the world.

Legendary Surfers Go There

For decades now, Biarritz has become a place where some of the biggest international-surfing competitions take place and where surfing enthusiasts can cross path with legendary surfers such as Laird Hamilton or three-time world champion Tom Curren. In fact, Biarritz recently hosted the 2017 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games. Those visiting in July, stop by the International Surf Film Festival in Anglet.

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