Hossegor (La Nord) Spot Guide

About Hossegor (La Nord)

One of the main peaks in Hossegor, La Nord ranks among the best waves in Europe and the best beachbreaks in the world. Fast, heavy, hollow, and temperamental, this bank needs the right swell and tides to go off, but when things line up, it’s about as good as beachbreak barrels get. The local scene is exactly what you’d expect from the heart of French surfing—lots of great surfers in the water, lots of beautiful people on the beach, and lots of delicious food and wine in the cafes.

Source: Hossegor (La Nord) Surf Guide

Ability Level

Advanced - pro

Beg Int Adv

Expert, when it's firing.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

All of France’s best surfers will be in the water when it’s firing.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

As busy as you’d expect one of the world’s best beachbreaks to be, but then again, these types of lineups tend to spread out the crowds.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

You’d be hard pressed to find a better beachbreak anywhere.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Currents, closeouts, sets on the head—expect to get a workout.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not bad, considering the setting.

Additional Information


Heavy barrels, shallow sandbars.


Walk down the beach from whatever café you had breakfast in.

Bring Your

Gun, shortboard



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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