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Surf Spot Guide: Rosy Hodge Talks Hossegor, France

3 octobre 2018

WSL commentator Rosy Hodge walks us through her favourite haunts and what’s in her suitcase for the first stop on the European leg of the World Tour.

It's every surfer's favourite time of year again, when they pack up for the last three months of the season and head to the land of cheese, wine and barrels. First stop? The southwest of France, of course!

Now, whether you're en route to watch the world's best at La Grav right this second, or you're simply planning a European adventure for your next holiday, we thought we'd help you with a few hot tips.

Where's the best steak? The best wine? The best empty bank? And, what do you put in that suitcase!? Let Rosy Hodge, WSL commentator extraordinaire and Rip Curl team rider, walk you through her favourite French past times.


Rip Curl: What do you look forward to most about heading to France?

Rosy Hodge: I love coming back to Europe. The people, waves, food and surf-stoked culture make it a special place to spend a few weeks of the year, especially as the summer is coming to an end and the weather is cool in the morning and beautiful during the day.

RC: Can you tell us a little about the town of Hossegor? What's it like?

It is a super quaint town, and most of the European surf industry is based out of the region. The surf culture and event history goes way back. Everyone is always happy to have the surfers back in town and we get introduced to the best that this wave-rich area has to offer.

What about the waves - what's your favourite wave around Hossegor, and why? Where else should people surf?

Every year you have to go on the hunt for the perfect sandbar. It's part of the fun, and when you find a bank with just you and your friends it's pretty special.

Best place to...

Eat a steak: Touring Cafe

Find delicious mussels: Chez Minus

Drink a coffee: Waxed

Grab a croissant: Patisserie de golf

Have a wine: L'Etiquette

Go for a dance: La Centrale always has something going on.

Watch the sunset: Any part of the beach with a glass of rose or vin rouge.

Best day trip from Hossegor?
San Sebastian or Biarritz, hands down.

Packing - what's a must-have for your time in France?
Layers! I can go from freezing to boiling hot, so be ready to strip ;)

Wetsuits, what's your go-to in France?
I love the Zipless GBomb 3/2, it's the perfect option for this in-between water temp that tends to pulse through the currents in France.


Our packing tips? We highly recommend…

1. A great jacket (love those layers!) for when it gets a bit chillier in the early mornings or late evenings.

Anti Series Tide Jacket Anti Series Easy Rider Jacket

2. An easy and good looking everyday look, so you can minimise the amount of clothes you have to pack in that bag!

Dalia Dress Dingrepair Short Sleeve Tee

3. A top-of-the-line wetsuit, so you can surf all day, every day.

Women Flashbomb 3/2 Wetsuit Flashbomb Heat Seeker 3/2 Zip Free Wetsuit

4. A surf watch to keep track of all the epic spots you find waves.

Search GPS2

5. And where do you pack all of these goodies? In a Transit F-Light, of course! Super lightweight, you can carry this on for an international flight – and it’ll fit everything you need for a few weeks jaunting around Europe.

Essentials Flight Transit F-Light 2.0 Transit Midn

Have a bit more room in your bag! Chuck a big beach towel in! You won’t regret it when the sun is shining on the beautiful French coastline…

Towel Beach Bazaar Towel Surf Co

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