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.
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.
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.
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.