How amazing does this sound? Cycling through the pine forests, surfing glassy waves at first light, sleeping under canvas and exploring sleep French villages. This could be you on our bicycle surfari in South West France – the ultimate off the grid surf trip for adventurous surfers!
Our annual cycle surfari, now in its 5th year, takes us from Hossegor to Lacanau in South West France, surfing as we go! You will be cycling with your board either pulled behind using a mule or carried on a cycle hook.
Our support van takes all of our camping equipment and baggage so you will only need to cycle with your daily surf gear and lunch! We will be pitching and collapsing our camp as we move, and cooking up a storm for breakfast, lunch and evening meals, so you can concentrate on cycling, surfing and exploration!
31 August – 7 September 2014 (only 2 spaces remaining)
5 – 12 September 2015
South West France
£699 per person
- Airport transfers
- 7 nights camping accommodation (single or twin tents – please specifiy when you book)
- All meals catered except one evening meal (wine is provided with evening meal)
- One weeks cycle rental with lock and helmet
- One weeks rental of surfboard mule or hook
- Daily cycle guiding and bicycle maintenance
- Support van transporting all luggage.
- Amazing Surf goody bag!
- - Surfboard rental
- - Surf tuition
We had a truly fantastic time on the Big Friday Cycle Surf. Thank you for putting together such an amazing trip with such a brilliant team
We move to a new campsite each evening, all are official sites with full shower facilities and all within walking distance of the surf. Some campsites that we visit offer a swimming pool.
Thanks to the wonderful support of award winning tent makers Heimplanet we have some fantastic tents to test ride in 2014!
FOOD AND WINE
All your meals are included except one evening meal during the week when we give our chefs the night off and you have the opportunity to sample the local restaurants (or feel free to use the cooking equipment in camp).
Breakfasts and lunches will be served up in the camp or packed up and loaded in the bike panniers depending on the plan for the day and how early we are up for the surf. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available in the camp at all times.
Our chefs cook up a storm at the campsite every day and our menu is healthy and filling using local produce. Breakfasts are a continental spread with a hot option each day, lunches are sandwiches, pastas and salads with snacks and fruit.
SURF TUITION & SURFBOARDS
To come on this trip we ask that you have surfed before and are happy to surf without supervision. Private 1:1 tuition is available with our surf guide on request.
We recommend that you bring your own board however this is not essential and rental boards are available. Let us know what you need when you book and we will arrange this for you.
Day 1 (SUNDAY 31st) -Arrival in Biarritz and transfers to our first camp site in Seignosse where your bikes and board mules/hooks will be waiting. Time to get used to cycling with the mules/hooks and boards and go for a surf! An evening feast at the campsite and then the option to explore by pedal power the local Hossegor night life.
Day 2 (MONDAY 1st) -We will be relocating to Vieux Boucau today, its a short ride so we will make a decision according to conditions and tides when to go. Depending on that choice we will surf either the breaks of Seignosse or Vieux Boucau .. or more than likely both!
[Cycle distance approx 7 miles]
Day 3 (TUESDAY 2nd) - After a morning surfing Vieux Boucou we will set off on our first big cycle to Contis-Plage. Good to know a hearty meal and a new surf break awaits us!
[Cycle distance approx 23 miles]
Day 4 (WEDNESDAY 3rd) - Today we head to Mimizan, again our camping spot is right by the beach and a lovely chilled out space.
[Cycle distance approx 15 miles]
Day 5 (THURSDAY 4th) - Onwards to Biscarosse Plage today and plenty of time to surf.
[Cycle distance approx 18 miles]
Day 6 (FRIDAY 5th) - Today we head to Pyla Plage to camp in an epic campsite in the pine forest by the largest sand dune in Europe. Our route hugs the coast and we will explore places to surf as we cycle.
[Cycle distance approx 10 miles]
Day 7 (SATURDAY 6th) - This is the big one, the cycle from Pyla Plage to Lacanau. After a morning surf we will load the boards in the van and hit the road boardless for the big ride. A sunset surf and a final night feast/fiesta awaits us in Lacanau.
[Cycle distance approx 33 miles]
Day 8 (SUNDAY 7th) - We will have most of the day to surf and relax before transfers to Bordeaux airport.
WHAT TO BRING
There are a few essentials that we ask you to bring along for your own use:
- sleeping bag
- sleeping mat if you need one
- plate, bowl, mug, cutlery
- reusable water bottle
- day use ruck sack
We will recommend flights from the London area. It is also possible to make your own way to our meeting point in Hossegor and from our final destination in Lacanau.
To ask us any questions about the cycle surfari or to make a booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is possible to pay 50% to hold your space and the remainder on 1st July 2014.
For full terms and conditions please see: www.bigfriday.com
It is essential that you take out a comprehensive personal travel insurance policy. Please check with your insurer that you are covered to surf and cycle each day.
I am coming on my own is that ok?
Yes absolutely please don’t worry about this at all. Lots of solo travellers join all our Big Friday trips and always have a great time. There is always a fun group atmosphere and our Big Friday crew are a friendly bunch.
I am not flying from London, can you recommend flights for me?
Yes, please let us know where you are coming from when you book and we can help you to work out the best route. We also recommend using www.skyscanner.net to find the best flight options.
I would like to travel to/from Biarritz and Bordeaux by train is that ok?
Yes no problem, we can organise your transfers from Biarritz & Bordeaux train stations, just let us know your arrival and departure times when you book.
If there are any questions we have not answered just drop us a line!