As France's most famous and popular surf town, Hossegor is known for its relentless, hollow and fast barrels at La Graviere. Snapped boards are not a rarity here. Each year at the beginning of October, Hossegor and the surrounding towns Capbreton and Seignosse make up one stop of the WSL world tour. With waves often breaking close to shore, Hossegor is a great place to watch pro surfers do their thing. So if you can, come and watch a couple heats.
Crowds can be tough, especially at the slightly easier waves at La Sud. When walking along the beach between La Graviere and Les Culs Nus, less crowded peaks can often be found though.
Where To Stay
Camping for free is unfortunately not really possible in Hossegor, Capbreton and Seignosse, as sleeping in your van is forbidden in the whole area. You will have to use an Aire de Camping Car, which run about 10-14€ per night and van. These are designated parking spaces, usually with one public toilet attached and a possibility to fill up water tanks. There are also a lot of proper campsites in the surrounding area. Many of these close September 30th, but others (e.g. this) can be as cheap as 10€ per night for one person in a van in the off-season, and still provide lots more comfort than an Aire de Camping Car.