It's definitely a classic: our wonderful surfcamp at Vieux Boucau. The picturesque French village at the South Atlantic offers great surf conditions for both: beginner and intermediate surfers. Another year, same mission: get on the board and feel the waves! Bienvenue at our nice and cosy camp just behind the dunes! Relax and enjoy your surf holiday...if party animal or surfer dude, Vieux Boucau makes both of you happy.
Vieux Boucau - a nice little seaside spot - is directly located at the French Atlantic. It's 2 hours south of famous Bordeaux and about an hour north of Biarritz.
The village center is only a short bike-drive from the camp. There, you find anything you need: supermarkets, a lively pedestrian zone, small Cafes and restaurants and some cool surf shops. Several times a week, regional products are offered at one of the typical and cute local markets. Right in the center, you can also find an inviting seawater lagoon where you can rent pedalos and go for a relaxed swim. Discover the little island in the middle of the lagoon or just enjoy the calm sea away from any booming waves.
If you feel like going out, Vieux Boucau might not have the biggest range but fortunately it has a very good one. Only 700m from the camp and night by night, an infamous little beach promenade with bars and restaurants is the place to meet. Enjoy your cocktail while watching the ocean or get ready to rumble for a party night. Welcome to "Mojito Bar" - one of the most famous bars around. Its spacious beachside terrace and the regular concerts of live-bands guarantee a great night out with lots of party people from all over the world.
Don't forget about the stunning environment and the beauty of the whole region. If you feel like discovering and going on an excursion, no problem: we organize regular day trips and show you some of the most interesting places. The number one among our trips: a day trip to San Sebastian. The capital of the Basque country is definitely worth a visit. Go shopping, discover the historic part of the town, enjoy the view and the unique flair, eat delicious tapas and a have a great party. It's fiesta time!
Another classic trip is the short trip to the outlet stores on Hossegor. Find cool bargains at some of the most popular and up-to-date lifestyle- , surf- and skate label stores of the world.
If you're interested in any other destinations, just let us know. Our open-minded and spontaneous team tries to organize the trips right after your fancy.
Board & Lodging
Our surf camp is part of the public camping site Les Sabl#res***. Beautifully located just behind the dunes, it takes only a few steps to reach the wide sandy beach. The camping site itself has well-tended sanitary facilities that get cleaned several times a day. Get sporty on the given sports courts - volleyball, soccer or one of the various Petanque areas.
Yeah, it's camping time! You are accommodated in tents for 1-4 people (depending on your booking). The tents are divided into 1-2 sleeping cabins and an entrance area. At our spacious tents you have all the space you need as to put all your belongings and luggage. Don't forget to bring your own camping mat, air mattress and sleeping bag - we don't provide those!
At the center of our camping space you find our roomy lounge tent. It forms the heart of our tent village - meet others, relax and chat, watch a movie or join one of the parties. At night, the lounge tent welcomes you to karaoke shows, movie nights and get-togethers.
Our material tent provides you with anything you need as to have a good time at the beach - volleyballs, parasols, beach games and much more that you can rent.
No doubt, active days at the ocean make more than hungry. Lucky you, that our qualified chef and his assistants spoil you with rich and healthy food. Start your day with a big and yummy breakfast buffet. Right after your fancy you can help yourself and prepare your packed lunch for the day. In the evenings, a warm and tasty dinner waits for you at the camp. Salad and dessert make your dinner perfect. Bon appetit!
Of course, we take vegetarians into account. In case you wish to have meatless alimentation or in case you have any food intolerances, please inform us in advance. As soon as you arrive at the camp, please let the chef know any food specifications.
By the way...beside your surf class, we are happy to organize some side activities such as party nights, volleyball matches, karaoke or movie nights, beach games and much more. Boredom forbidden!
The Surf Class
The most important thing about a surf holiday is -without a doubt - the surf class itself. That is why we put focus on high quality standards as to guarantee ideal conditions to all surfers and those who want to get one. We and all our surf coaches are officially DWV (German Surfers Association) approved. At our camps in Vieux Boucau we offer two different levels of surf classes - those for beginners and those for intermediate surfers. You can choose your level during the booking process. Please make sure you only go for the intermediate level when you have sufficient experience.
At the beginner class we'll get you on the board and make you familiar with the feeling of sliding on waves. Have fun with your first waves, get to know the material and be fascinated by the power of the surf sport. Beside practical units, you also have theory lessons with topics like meteorology and wave-constitution. The practical part contains 10units a 45min, which makes a total of 7,5houres a week. We will carry out a little surf competition at the end of the week.
When are you considered to be intermediate? In case you have already attended an intensive surf class (means a minimum of 10units a 45min) when you know all the safety and right-of-way rules and when you are able to surf a green wave, well then our intermediate surf class is the right choice. We help you to intensify your surf skills and improve your surfing continuously. Our qualified surf coaches will help with words and deeds and take your surfing to the next level. At our intermediate class, we also use video analysis as to make you learn from your mistakes. The course is held in 7,5hours (10 x 45min) and also contains theoretical parts. Only those who are able to read the ocean are able to surf its waves. Have fun!
Our high standards are the same for all our surf classes. All surf coaches are qualified and well-trained (surf coach licence, beach-life guard certificate). Our classes have a maximum leaners capacity of 8people. That guarantees an ideal and safe supervision and teaching. We provide all surf students with adequate equipment - surfboards (softboards) and high-quality wetsuits (Billabong or RipCurl).
Outside your surf class, you can rent the surf material (extra charge) if available. As to do so, you have to know all needed safety and right-of-way rules. In addition, you have to be comfortable with the surfboard and be able to navigate it safely. Your surf teacher will rate you and decide if you can rent material. At the beginner class, you can rent the material the earliest after the 3rd day of your course. Students younger than 18years are not allowed to rent any surf equipment and surf on their own.
How to get to us
As we want you to feel comfortable with us from the moment you start your journey, we also take care of how you get to our camps. Just get on board of one of our comfy coaches and travel easily and directly to your booked destination. The bus journey is already included in the travel price.
Of course, there's different ways to get to our camps. Find some of them just below. Everyone who doesn't use our coach service as to get to the booked destination gets 75 Euro reduction of the travel price.
Coach - we recommend our coach service. Profit from a stress-free, comfortable and eco-friendly way of travelling that takes you directly to our camps. Depending on the date of departure, our coach stops at up to 16 cities in Germany and Switzerland. One of the places of departure is surely close to where you live. Just choose your point of departure during the booking procedure. You can also take your own surfboard (max.size 6'8'') - please tell us well in advance if you bring your board as we have to organize the luggage space accordantly.
Car - you can drive your own car. Depending on where you live, the journey might take up to 30hrs. Be prepared and take an updated satnav and maps with you. You'll find the address of the camping site in your booking documents. If not, feel free to ask us. Please be aware that most of the French motorways have a road charge system. There is a parking lot just in front of the camping site. However, you cannot take your car directly to the camping space.
Plane - the fastest way to get to us. Depending on your place of departure, there are some no-frills airlines running services to Bordeaux and Biarritz which are the nearest airports. From there, you can either rent a car, use public transports or book our airport shuttle (extra charge while booking procedure).