This Just In >>> Beets Restaurant

Our very own in-house chef here at SW Surf House is doing big things this coming winter — opening up her very own restaurant in the lil' ski town of Morzine. And If you haven't heard of Morzine, one may say it's a seasonaire's paradise where action sport enthusiasts flock to from all across Europe for some pow pow n partaaaay. Just as Hossegor is a god send for surfers n adventurers alike.... Morzine packs the same punch for the snow crowd. 

Brought to you by the team at Cafe Chaud and Hideout Hostel, Beets Restaurant looks to compliment the local après ski atmosphere with an ever so nutritious menu guaranteed to hit the spot. 

This is how it goes....

Beets will feature a 'flexitarian' menu with an outlook to accommodate everyones dietary preferences, whilst caring about your nutritional health and the planets. By serving up dishes in a "build your own bowl" style, Chef Lora gives the power to the people as each customer may select from a wide array of veggies, meats, sauces and everything in between. Whether you want to dice up your 'beets bowl' with rice noodles and vietnamese flavors or you prefer to be well traveled and mix your chili up with tabbouleh and samosas — That's up to you!

Feast you eyes below on some  of the magic that'll be coming out of the kitchen this December. And if you enjoyed your stay here at SW Surf House, come catch us this winter at Beets Restaurant whippin' up the same great service with the same great tastes! 

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There has been ALOT of talk....

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ALOT of talk!......about what's been going on at SW Surf House lately. Foam boards have been out and people are taking party waves every which way. Beers are being drank and naps have been goin' down like its nobody's business.

But word has gotten out and rumors are spreading. There has been ALOT of people all around town talking about how great September is going to be in Hossegor...... And I will tell you myself that the rumors are true– it is going to be great.

 

For many many reasons, we like to call it the Golden Month over here in the South O France as all the pesky kids and out-of-towners who muck around our swim zones (surf zones), clog up our parking lots, n take up space on our d-floors are gone. The start of September would normally mean something like back to school or the beginning of fall, back to work or an airport drop off, but it's still scorchin' outside and our backpacks are filled with cold beverages meant for the upper side of 18 years of age. 

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As the calendar rolls onto Sep 1st we take our beach town back just in time for the for when weather doesn't know if it wants to be summer or fall and the waves are unsure if they want to be big or small. The end result.... a little bit of both as the water is still as warm as you'll want it and the waves are breaking right where they should. The sand banks are building with those mid-day winds calming and as the crowds have gotten the hell outta Hossegor, the only question left asking is why aren't you here? Get on over....it's the BEST time of the year.

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South-West France >>> It's The Place To Be!

Imagine a place where the mountains meet up with the sea. Where grande sand beaches stretch the coastline able to drift off from view. Blue warm waters fold into some of the best waves on earth, even offering up a cheeky ol' tube from time to time. It's a place where the food is oh so tasty you must try it yourself and the sunsets never cease to amaze. Imagine fine local wines and pine trees swaying in wind as the evening slips away at just the right pace.

Now, imagine this ain't some sort of cliche – it's in reach and ever so available! I'm talking about parties every night and croissants so stuffed with Nutella that'll make your tastebuds burst. Days at the beach that seem to last forever and your hair so salty it'll serve as a souvenir. Bike riders beware as access to all of the above is right at your finger tips just waiting for you to take hold– to dive in if I may say!

This place exists. It's called SouthWest Surfhouse and resides in the lil' surf town of Hossegor, France. It's as real as the staff who is ready to kick off your next holiday and as real as the experiences that will follow. Stop imagining– swing by, take a glance below and find out for yourself what all the hype is about.

A French Roll Of Film

Life happens freakin' fast and summers fly by even faster if your not paying attention. Oh how it slowly creeps out from spring in all its anticipation just to blur right past ya in what seems like a blink of an eye. Leaving behind one of those everlasting sun burns that just won't turn into a tan and quite possibly a hangover that'll last you till Christmas. A Summer in France is one for the books– it's a proven fact. Arguably, the memories you will get will be priceless and hopefully the sun was gracious enough to blonde your hair a tad along the way. Good times aren't hard to come by when hanging around SW Surf House and its only natural to snap a couple pics along the way. Here are a few of my favorite moments from last summer and a santé! to many more.

Made In Europe >>> Tom Curren

In this fine piece of short cinema, three-time world champion Tom Curren returns to his old stomping grounds to surf (or is it skim?) the banks of Hossegor. After a string of world titles in the 80s, the young Californian began to call Hossegor home as he tied the knot with a french bird from Biarritz and spent the next decade chasing waves across the Basque Country. And who could blame him? Sounds like a retirement plan I'd like to look into....Present day, Tom's equipment tastes have changed just a tad bit. With the help of a battered rescue board, we watch as he paddles into some massive peaks abandoning his sled to squat n skim down the line. May it be kooky or cool, the guy is in his mid-50s looking to shake things up a bit and go fast. And fast he does as the waves, meanwhile, are something without controversy. Golden n groomed to perfection, who wouldn't want to chase down a couple of those gems?

Rob Machado surfin' France....On a Fish......The Go Fish!

Oh what a sight to see isn't?!? The speed, the power, the O soooo silky smooth flow! And those waves, how about those offshore winds! What a fine Fall evening in the South O France indeed.... Shown and replayed above, Rob demonstrates how the sandbars of Hossegor should be ridden. With style and ease, it seems not a drop of water is out of place as his rail to rail down the line surfing never ceases to inspire. Beneath his feet, it's the brand new model "The Go Fish" that has sparked conversation around SW Surf House about the ideal board selection when booking a surf trip to Hossegor. What should your French Quiver look like? Follow along and begin packing as when the waves start pumping, your going to want to be prepared.

Tommy's 4 Board Hossegor Quiver

Tommy's 4 Board Hossegor Quiver

Hi-Performance Shortboard

Filled with rocker, concave, and made with love– there is no doubt that a hi performance shortboard will be put to good use on heavy beach breaks surrounding Hossegor. The peaks are steep and demand a board with just the right amount of curve to fit in the pocket and make those ever so sketchy drops. This is your quick, responsive whip that you'll want when the waves get 4 foot plus and your looking to go top to bottom or left n right to showcase some of your best surfing. Pictured on the far right is my 5'11.5 x 18.35 x 2.35 Sharpeye OK Model which you can check out HERE.

Small Wave Shortboard

Shave a couple inches off you Hi-Pro board mentioned above, add a touch of thickness, and increase the width to complete the perfect everyday small wave shorty. Lighten the entry rocky in your nose as you want a board thats going to fly across flat sections and maintain speed for the smaller, fatter waves. I will say the swell is not always 6 foot and pumping in Hossegor, but often they are 2 to 3 foot with the shape and steepness of the larger days. This board is just for that, when your still looking to blast a couple turns and the waves are a sitting just at shoulder high. Pictured above is my 5'9 x 18.65 x 2.35 Sharpeye Disco which does the trick. Click HERE to give it a glance. 

Mid Length Fun Board

A board to "Take Fun Seriously" as we say here at SW Surf House. If the waves are knee to head high, sun is out and your just lookin' for a good ol' time.... I say mix it up a bit with a unique model with different tail shape or an odd fin setup. A time to find that new spark under your feet that you just cant get out of your typical thruster. A swallow tail with a twin fin, maybe even throw a little nubster in there while your at it. Im talking about the Channel Islands Twin Fin pictured on the far left, my new favorite go to board when the day demands fun. Whats so cool about it? For starters, its fast. Twin Fins project speed the instant you pop to your feet and again return the favor throughout your turns. The result– A free flowing board that excels in down the line, predictable waves offering the rider with a change of pace feeling only provided by a classic twin fin setup. Hossegor's renowned sand banks can resemble a perfect point break on any given day, the twinny fits right into this lineup. 

The Fish

No matter what the waves are like, this board is going to make you want to surf. May they be small or may they be weak– The excess width, thickness, and volume is what makes The Go Fish one of most addictive boards I've ever ridden. Sharp channels line the bottom rail providing an unique edge that enables the board to turn, pivot, and project far better than previous twin fin shapes.Classified as a new age high performance fish, its shaped with an LFT Firewire technology blank that is light as a feather Maybe I'm becoming lazier, but who has time to waste generating your own speed. Let the board do the work for you I say, and heck if Rob can surf n speed like that– I want to as well. The future of performance fish shapes is here and The Go Fish ticks every box for guaranteed fun. Link for board info HERE!

Surf Spots in Hossegor

The following is a list of some of the well known breaks in the Hossegor area. They are all beach breaks producing both lefts and rights. This a guide for moderate to large swells. With smaller summer swells all these breaks are manageable for beginners (except La Nord).


CAPBRETON

La Piste/ VVF

Located in Capbreton, (also called bunkers) and known for its very fast barrelling shorebreaks. Works best on a W swell and on high tide. The beach itself is scattered with a number of old WWII bunkers, creating a very interesting foreground for surf photographers. Can become very busy during the summer months. Be prepared to compete with some talented locals when this place is firing, and remember to dodge the bunkers!

Le Santocha

Just north of La Piste, is Le Santocha. Probably the most surfed wave in Capbreton. The groynes tend to form a nice fat right hander that walls up into a close-out inside section. There are left handers further south heading towards La Piste that tend to become hollower. Santocha is slighty protected from the winter NW swells, and can work when most of the northern beaches are closing out. Experienced surfers only in big swells, many choose to sneak out at Le Prevent and paddle around the groyne.

Le Prevent

This break is bordered by man made groynes on each side which helps protect it from bigger swells. It is very crowded in the summer months being close to Capbretons seaside promenade. This is one of the few spots that stays manageable with bigger swells. Just north of Le Prevent is Capbreton Point which is protected from NW swells by a breakwall that extends out of the harbour.

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La Sud

Just on the other side of Capbreton harbor lies La Sud. Nick named 'kiddies' it is generally the only other place, besides Le Prevent, that you can go to avoid the bigger swells. The waves can be 8ft a couple hundred metres north, and be 2 ft at La Sud. Very busy in the summer months, and likewise when most of the northern beaches are closing out.

La Nord

This is Hossegors go-to big wave spot, located right in front of the main bars and restaurants. There is a massive channel that lies between La Sud and La Nord making it one of the preferred spots to paddle out in big surf. This wave only works on big swells and holds up all the way to 12ft. When it works, expect to see alot of the local old boys on 8ft+ guns. The La Nord Challenge is held annually here.

La Graviere

One of the most legendary beach breaks in the area. During the summer its a friendly wave enjoyed by many groms, and in the autumn/winter it produces a super heavy barreling wave that can break perilously close to the shore. The wave is very dependent on the tides, often only works for a brief window. The Quicksilver pro is sometimes held here. Perfect conditions are 4-8ft NW/W swells, and light easterly winds.

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Les Culs Nuls

Les Culs Nuls is the beginning of a series of typical beach breaks stretching into the north. Culs Nuls translates as 'bare arse' for good reason too, its located on one of the areas nudists beaches. Fun small waves on a low tide and better on a mid to high tide with moderate swells. Was our bank of choice for the 2015 summer season. The Quicksilver pro was also held here in 2015.

Les Estagnots

Right out the front of the famous beach bar 'le surfing' the top quality beach break has become a bit of a local hangout. Every year solid banks are formed that work well on a good W/NW swell. Works best on low to incoming tide, but hollow barrels can also be seen on the inside section on high tide. Tends to handle the size a bit better than Les Bourdaines and Le Penon. The Quicksilver pro was held here in 2014.

Les Bourdaines

Another popular beach break, often with multiple left/ right peaks. Its known for its consistency, but can be a tricky paddle out on bigger swells. Works best on low to incoming tides but also can have a hairy shorebreak. Its lies just across the dune from Heads micro brewery, the perfect place for an apre surf beer.

Les Penon

The most northern and isolated spot in the Hossegor area. Le Penon often forms worthwhile sandbanks that hold really well in the high tides. A strong Northernly current often rips straight along the shore. Very fun little shorebreaks in the summer. Further north is Casernes, which is yet another classic beach break. Beyond Casernes there is little development, the beach is met by the forest. The best way to escape the crowds.