The #ROXYPro France is over, so now we have some free time to visit all of our favorite places in the beach town of Hossegor!
We hosted the 2014 ROXY Pro France at Gardian Beach (la plage du Gardian), which is on the border of Seignosse and Hossegor and is frequently visited by the world’s best surfers. The beach has golden sand and a consistent swell – it also has some pretty powerful waves if you are in the mood to get barreled. The average water temperature can range between 11°C and 25°C (51°F - 77°F) so make sure to bring plenty of wetsuit options (roxy.com/wetsuits) if you plan to surf!
For a slower pace (and flat waves), visit Hossegor lake (Lac d'Hossegor). Here you can rent stand-up paddleboards or go for a run on the path around the lake which is about 6km in total. Take in the beautiful views of forests, nature and gorgeous homes along the way. At the end of your run, visit one of the many small restaurants (Lou Casaou de Le Ma is a great option) that line the lake to eat fresh oysters (taken right from the light) with a glass of white wine!
There are so many amazing places to stay in this area but our favorite home away from home is Hotel 202.
It is walking distance to the downtown village of Hossegor, home to amazing cafes and locally owned shops, but the hotel is situated in a serene setting amongst the old Basque homes of the neighborhood.
Their breakfast is the best in town – fresh made pastries, eggs, crepes, and cakes baked everyday by the hotel manager. It features locally sourced ingredients, including a cake from Landes called "Pastis Landais" and yogurt cultured with basque sheep's milk. We love to sit outside on the patio when the weather is warm and gaze at their beautiful pool and garden.
There are countless ways to spend a day or night in Hossegor but here are the places where you can find the ROXY team each time we travel here!
Le Napoli (755 Avenue de la Grande Dune, 40150 Soorts-Hossegor) is a pizzeria that gets PACKED during the ROXY Pro events with surfers and locals alike. They use the freshest ingredients and premium Basque cheeses for all of their pizzas, and their wine selection pairs so well with each of their dinner selections. We love sitting on the dog-friendly patio with long tables to share pizzas with the whole surf team.
Chez Minus is an amazing seafood restaurant in Capbreton (a border town of Hossegor) specializing in mussels (moules frites) and sardines. They barbeque them on the grill and then bring them out in buckets for the entire table to share. This was one of the simplest, but most delicious meals we had during our stay.
Our favorite ice cream shop in Hossegor has to be Glaces Romane, since they make all of their own ice cream from scratch in the back of the shop. With over 48 flavors, it is so hard to choose just one!
l'Étiquette, is the trendiest (and smallest) wine bar in Hossegor, bottling their own red, white and rosé wines. They also serve tapas, such as their “Sun Tapas”, which is toast with goat cheese and dried tomato and honey. We love the slate plates they offer with basque cheese with and ham from Spain; foie gras with fig or onion jam. We hosted our 2014 Quiksilver/ROXY Pro party here, complete with a concert by Betty The Shark, which our team surfer Lee-Ann Curren acts as lead singer, and local band The Dedicated Nothing.
Every time we come to Hossegor, we make sure to stop at L'Atelier des Dames, our favorite place to pick up beautiful handmade jewelry. They make all of the pieces at their workshop behind the retail store, including headbands and other accessories. They jewels are mare with recycled materials from Brazil and Peru and pearls from Kenya.
We also have to stop by the ROXY store (36 Avenue Paul Lahary, 40150 Soorts-Hossegor) in Hossegor Village for any last-minute wetsuit needs! The temperature can change pretty quickly in Hossegor so it is always good to stock up on sweaters and jackets while we’re here!
For more updates from our time in France during the 2014 ROXY Pro, click here. We can’t wait to be back here next year!
ice cream pic