Peak summer/autumn season often sees over 100 surfers in the water, looking for tubes rivalling those of Hossegor or simply something to surf when everywhere else is flat. Handles stronger swells that focus nicely through the rivermouth and unfurl over the outer banks at low tide, before edging inside and ending up as proper shore-dump for a couple of hours at high.
The paddling channel beside the jetty provides easy access, allowing intermediates to find themselves out of their depth when it gets big. When it is small, there's lots of surf school action and aggressive crowds bickering over the pretty A-frames. Still gets rippy, despite the jetty shelter and that lovely Adour river water is always present. Walking south towards ‘Les Dunes’ may yield good results. Regularly hosts large international contests. Height restricted parking lot fills up quickly in summer.