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.
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, 10 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. We have selected specific breaks and week-ends for you, all dedicated to surfing. Surfing is a subject that is constantly updated on our website, reflecting the very latest offers from our commercial partners.
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