Demi Taylor was commissioned by Telegraph Travel for their surfing special to write a cover feature on the best 25 places to surf this summer, highlighting the best places in and around Europe for beginners, families, experts, couples and improvers with a kit guide to accompany the piece. Extract below.
SURFING IN EUROPE
Summer in Europe usually means long days, warm water, buzzing bars but smaller waves. For the more committed, the winter months in Europe deliver more powerful swells and while the water temperature can dip into single digits, modern wetsuit technology allows even the most hesitant cold water warrior to stay warm. Spring can be fickle and the water surprisingly chilly, but the rewards are there for the taking. It is however Autumn, that is the golden season for surfers, offering the best combination of consistent waves, favourable winds, and surprisingly warm water – all without the summer holiday crowds.
The appeal of France’s Atlantic coast is clear – huge dunes runs south from Soulac-sur-Mer to Hossegor separating the Atlantic from a deep green pine forest that is punctuated by campsites and cool coastal villages. This 140mile stretch of sand is the backbone of French surfing serving up classic beach breaks from mellow waves for learners to hollow peaks that challenge the world’s best. In the summer months the bars and beaches are buzzing and the water hovers around a very pleasant 17-20 °C meaning the holy grail of boardshorts, barrels and biere is within reach… Continues…