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Côte des Basques Beach. The original...

Five surf schools offer you their services in the birthplace of French surfing: Surf training with accommodation for minors with Philippe Beudin, Hastéa, founded by Pol Plantec, Jo Moraiz's historic school opened in 1966, now run by his son Christophe, La Vague Basque run by David Quérol and Thomas Gouffrant's Lagoondy surf camp. Sheltered from the northerly wind and opening onto the Pyrenees, this long sandy beach is ideal for beginners and has a few more punchy peaks reserved for rising tide. Be careful not to get caught out by the tide or risk finding yourself against the rocks of the cliff where you might leave some teeth and maybe your board...