Surfing in winter on the Basque Coast – yes you can!

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La costa vasco-francesa en invierno
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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 26 January 2024

If there's one thing that Manon from the Allons Rider blog is passionate about, it's surfing – even in winter. And where better than the Basque country with its famous beaches to ride those waves!

Trois surfeuses, et un coucher de soleil à l'horizon
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'Until nightfall.' That's what we'd said. And when it came, there was nobody left but us, the orange glow to light the way, and the feeling that we were the only ones at the end of the earth.

La préparation du surf, étape ultime avant les vagues
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Winter means bigger waves, and a new board to suit the conditions. The final step before feeling the salt on my skin is to stick on the traction pad.

Regard vers l'horizon de la côte basque
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When you step out of the wintry waters, there's a moment I just love – wrapping yourself in a hoodie and relive the session in your mind's eye.

Petit déjeuner fruité avant le surf
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To be a surfer, you have to eat healthy to stay fit, especially in winter when conditions are rough.

Jeune fille au skate devant les vagues de l'Atlantique
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She dries her wet, salty hair by taking to her skateboard, her hair dancing behind her, and letting the wind whistle through it after every session...

Un coucher de soleil sur les vagues du Pays basque
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It was freezing, it was late, but we had decided to jump into the water whatever the weather. And that day, the sky had a treat in store for us.

Surfeuses en hiver dans les vagues de Biarritz
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I stayed there maybe half an hour or an hour, I couldn't say, just staring at the waves. The atmosphere was totally unreal.

La fabrication de planches de surf réputées dans le monde entier
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This is a Mecca for surfers. Hundreds of boards being made, destined for the garages of the best surfers on the planet.

Les falaises de la côte basque dans la brume de l'hiver
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That day we woke up extra early to catch the best waves.

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By Manon Lanza

One fine day Manon left it all behind to spend all her time surfing, and it was in the Basque country that she settled. As you see from her blog allonsrider.fr, she has zero regrets!

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