La Rochelle Surf Camp - Nantes, . France
La Rochelle Surf Camp is in the French region of Vendée on the western coast of the France. The stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline stretches out from Bouin in the north to La Tranche-sur-Mer in the south, and there are some stunning, sandy beaches as well as spectacular surf.
The surf camp is small, accommodating a maximum of 10 people at any one time, but by this summer it will have expanded to have a capacity of 20. Even so, it’ll still be small enough to keep the family-feel and you will get to know everyone well.
You can book in for a weekend or for a week-long stay, and the focus is on improving your technique with personalized coaching, whether you’re a complete beginner or a pro.
When you do finish surfing for the day, you can relax on the outside terrace, play ping pong, or canoe on the river nearby. There’s also an opportunity to try out new sports such as body boarding and horseback riding, and you can wander around the historical village of La Roche-sur-Yon.
Fully renovated the surf house of the surf camp is a charming French family housewith room for up to 10 guests. It’s in a small town 5 km back from the coast.
There are two guest rooms, one with two double beds and the other with three sets ofbunk beds, and guests have use of two bathrooms (one of which has disabled access) and a living room.
There is an outdoor terrace in a pleasant garden, and it’s just the right place to enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a long day in the sea. A second property, also housing 10 guests, will open nearby for this summer.
You can prepare your own meals and snacks in the kitchenette in the living room, which is equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee machine, kettle, toaster, and crockery and cutlery for 12 people.
When you’re relaxing in the evenings, you can make use of the TV, DVD player and Hi-Fi, as well as the collection of magazines and books. There’s an open fireplace (which is great in the winter months) and access to the Wi-Fi is free.
If you don’t fancy cooking for yourself, the nearby restaurant will deliver breakfast for 5€ and other meals for 10€.
|FAMILY ROOM||GROUP ROOM|
|Max Guests : 4||Max Guests : 6|
All rooms include:
Sheets, duvets and pillowd
The Vendée has some of the best surfing in France as the waves roll into from the Atlantic Ocean along the entire 146 km of coastline.
Rounds of the World Surfing Championships regularly take place at La Tranche sur Mer, so there are plenty of challenges for experienced surfers, but if you’re only just starting out in the sport, the staff at La Rochelle Surf Camp know exactly where to take you too.
You’ll find plenty of variety, the waves are easy to access, and when you finish your ride, you can continue soaking up the sun on the sandy beaches.
Here are some of the best waves accessible from La Rochelle:
Bud Bud: At the southern end of Longville Bay, Bud Bud is a beach-break wave with a sandy bottom. Hollow, fast and fun, it can be crowded in the summer, but in winter when it is as its wildest, you’ll likely have the site to yourself.
L’Aubraie: Outside Sables d’Olonne, this wave ends up on the beach in a pristine nature reserve. Suitable for surfers of all abilities, it’s rarely crowded but is best ridden at high tide.
La Baie des Sables: Just five minutes walk from Sables d’Olonne, La Baie is a sand-bar wave but not particularly strong. Suitable for beginners, it can be crowded at weekends, but is inevitably quieter during the week.
La Courance: Also known as Courance Beach, La Courance is near St Nazaire. It’s a beach-break wave, powerful with left and right bends, and can be ridden at any tidy. This site is never busy.
La Couronne: Accessed only by boat, this reef-rocky wave is a challenge to find, but well worth the effort to ride. Rarely ridden, it is best at low tide and holds up to 2.5m.on a good day you can ride up to 150m
La Govelle: La Govelle (also known as Batz sur Mer) is near to Cote Sauvage. A regional classic suitable for all surfers, it’s a point-break wave with left and right bends across flat rocks and sand. You can ride it in any tide.
La Grange: On the beach at Parc de la Grange is La Grange (also known as St. Onno’s), a reef-rocky wave with quite a lot of power: on a good day you can ride 300m across the flat rocks and sand. It’s best at high tide and as it holds to 3m+, it’s best suited to experienced surfers.
La Sauzaie: Experienced surfers should also check out La Sauzaie, a hollow and fast point-break wave across the reef. You can ride 150m at mid- and high-tide, but need to be careful of rocks and undertow.
La Terriere: Near the village of this same name, this fast, fun beach-break wave is suitable for beginners and experienced surfers alike. Come here during the week when it’s quieter, and time your rides to coincide with mid tide.
LOCATION & GETTING HERE
La Rochelle Surf Camp is in La Roche-sur-Yon, an historic village in the Vendée area of western France. When the modern incarnation of the town was first built in the 1800s, it was called Napoléonville, and there are a large number of buildings and squares from this visit if you feel like a day with your feet on dry land. The cultural highlights of La Roche-sur-Yoninclude St. Louis Church, Napoleon Square, the Statue of Napoleon, and the Sacré- Cœur Church.
The Vendée as a whole is a very popular area of France for tourists. The Atlantic coastline extends over 200km and is mostly comprised of sandy beaches, many of which have earned the prestigious Blue Flag Award for cleanliness. There are also some excellent coastal footpaths where you can walk, cycle or ride, the mudflats attract a lot of bird life, and you can fish in many of the lakes and rivers. Puy du Fou, the historical theme park at Les Epesses, attracts 1.5 million visitors every year and is the fourth most popular tourist attraction in France.
The two closest airports to the surf camp are Nantes and La Rochelle, which are both well served by budget airlines including EasyJet, Flybe and Ryanair.
The surf camp is in the village of La Roche-sur-Yon, and getting there by taxi from the airport will cost approximately 100,- € from Nantes and 180,- € from La Rochelle.
Alternatively, if you are travelling on a budget, you can take the train from the airport to La Roche-sur-Yon, which will take around 45 minutes from Nantes, or 70 minutes from La Rochelle. A taxi from the railway station to the surf camp will cost you 25,- € and can be pre-arranged with the surf camp’s owners.
PRICES & PACKAGES
The same prices apply whether you wish to learn to surf, bodyboard, or stand up paddle.
|SURF / ACCOMMODATION||PRICE (EUR)|
|1 Night||18,- € * per person|
|2 Days Surf course||65,- €|
|3 Days Surf course||95,- €|
|5 Days Surf course & Equipment hire||170,- €|
Surf Camp Packages include:
Accommodation in shared room
Use of the kitchen and garden
Discounted rates for lessons and equipment hire La Rochelle Surf Camp is ony few minutes driving from the coast. If you do not have your own transport, the surf camp will arrange transfers for you, and these cost 25,- € for the first person, and 5,- € for each subsequent passenger.
Transfers to the camp from Nantes or La Rochelle airport cost 100,- € to 180,- €, but it’s much cheaper if you take a taxi from the location railway station.
See The Location for more details on how to get to the resort.