Biarritz is the historic surfing capital of Europe.
In 1957, the American Peter Viertel, husband of the actress Deborah Kerr, was the first to surf the waves of Biarritz. Now known as one of the key surfing locations, Biarritz attracts surfers from all around the world.
It is also home to surfing competitions such as le Roxy Pro in July, the world female longboard championship,Quiksilver Maider Arosteguy cup in April
In Biarritz, the surf culture is everywhere, as proven by the brand-new Cité de l’Océan opened in June 2011 and the number of surf shops and board rental outlets.
From April to November, surfing schools welcome beginners or experienced surfers alike, for a few hours of tuition or several days. In addition, prestigious surfing brands like Quiksilver, Billabong and Rip Curl, are based around Biarritz.
There is accommodation to suit every budget, from inexpensive hotels to holiday rental properties, from the surf camp to Biarritz’s youth hostel.
For its investment in the discipline, and with the surfers, Biarritz obtained in October, 2015, the label City of surfing - 3 stars (on a scale which contains 3) awarded by the French Federation of Surfing
The 2017 ISA World Surfing Games will be held in France from May 20 to 28.
The French Surfing Federation today presented the event that will gather more than 40 nations and about 300000 spectators in Biarritz.