ASP contest venue since 1979, this is surf central for the Bordeaux area. The reason? Consistent surf, easily checked from the boardwalk at Plage Centrale before opting for a session at La Nord, La Sud or Super Sud among 14km of beaches ideal with a medium size W-NW swell. Handles more size thanks to the deep scalloped baines around the rock jetties that are there to hold the sand in place. Every bit as good as Landes, especially in summer when it is often bigger in the W windswells. Fast peeling low tide runners or mid to high tide shories tapering into the rips are sometimes separated by a deep trench, or spin all the way through. Like all Biscay beachies, it's fine for beginners when small and friendly, but a real challenge when overhead and bombing, not least because of the wicked rips.
Extremely lively in summer with all surf facilities and good campsites or accommodation.