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Surfing in Hendaye 


The beginner’s paradise of Hendaye is the perfect place to learn to surf. The waves are mellow and it almost never gets too big. Besides this, the big bay provides plenty of room to practice and have fun. This also explains the large amount of surf schools in the area. For more advanced surfers, Hendaye is a good option to have a fun surf when everywhere else is too big or closed out. 

There are plenty of options to surf in the Bay of Hendaye. From mellow beachbreak peaks to long rights at Les 2 Jumeaux on the north side of the bay.

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The waves

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++ Intermediates

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Due to its sheltered nature, the waves at Hendaye are typically smaller than elsewhere. This makes it a good option for those seeking a more mellow experience.

There is good surf to be found during all stages of the tide. 

Best season to go

Hendaye is a year-round surfing destination. Like other spots in the region, Hendaye tends to have the best conditions in spring and autumn. The waves are more consistent and the crowds are thinner. Summer provides warmer water and more playful waves for lesser experienced surfers. Winter surf tends to be more powerful. This draws surfers from all over the region in search of cleaner conditions.

Favourable wind direction?

Easterly winds blow offshore here, grooming the waves into nice peaks. The headland to the south protects the beaches of Hendaye from southerly winds. This makes it a good option during southwesterly winter storms.

Where’s Hendaye?

Hendaye is located at the most southern part of the French Basque coast. This makes it the closest spot to the Spanish border. If you’re already this close, make sure to also check out the surf towns of San Sebastián and Zarautz.

Where to stay in Hendaye?

Where to stay in Hendaye?

Camping Alturan is located only 100 meters from the beach of Hendaye. This makes it easy to have a quick look at the ocean and keep an eye on conditions.

If you prefer a hotel or an appartment, check out: Staying in and around Hendaye.


Surf lessons and -rental?

For the aspiring surfer, there are plenty of surf schools to rent a board from or book a surf lesson with. Some surf schools operate even year-rond. It’s the perfect beginner hide-out with lots of room to practice and mellow waves to choose from. Have fun!

Other French surf spots

Check out these other surf spots in the South West of France:

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