don't we dread it all, year upon year, that tax declaration in May that we put at the bottom of the paper tray but that keeps on propping up it's ugly little head.
So basically it may be a good idea to nip it in the bud this year and get someone to Help you declare your taxes. At The Help, you will be told what's deductible, how to fill in your declaration properly and just make sure that May is less stressful for you.
I mean, it's springtime, so let's concentrate on the pre-seasonal shopping, tan and parties.
Let someone else deal with the taxes.
May in France is when you send back your tax declaration form and September is when the bill comes in. You can decide to pre pay some tax (monthly/quaterly) or not. These are all choices you have and you need to know about.
For more info on how The Help will definitely help you and get cracking on your taxes, just mail:
One less thing to think about, one more excuse to have fun.
It’s the spring equinox, and a perfect time for making changes. After three brilliant years of covering events, parties, surfing, shopping and keeping you up to date with the best Hossegor has to offer, it’s time for me to hand over the blog. My life has changed completely since I arrived in 2011 with little more than my camera, a bag full of bikinis and a surfboard. I’ve made Hossegor my home, got married and had a baby. Hossegor has offered me a lot more than I ever imagined it would.
Anyway, for me at least, toddlers and blogging don’t mix (no idea how mummy bloggers do it), and we travel a lot to keep up with my husband’s job. As I’d rather not do something at all than do something badly I’m handing over the site.
New owner Fiona Hamalton has lived in Hossegor for 6 years. Well travelled and multi lingual, she settled here after living in places as diverse as Milan, Madrid, Lisbon and Torquay (Aus). A surf industry insider, she worked at Billabong before leaving to start her own business (the Help) assisting expats with life in France. French/English Fiona also manages several holiday properties and somehow squeezes in the odd triathlon.
Fiona will be taking over from the beginning of April so if you have any news to share, events to invite her to, or wish to advertise on the site then please get in touch: email@example.com
Good luck Fiona and enjoy!
Bisous to all and thanks for reading, Marie-Claire x
SURFTRIP SURFSCHOOL have had a brainwave to mix it up a bit on your surf holiday.. Break up the surf lessons with a choice of activities, from relaxation to dining, there's something for everyone.
Learn local basque Pelote (extreme squash), wakeboard, sailing, a dinner experience, tennis or yoga as part of your week long program. Call Surf trip on 05.58.41.91.06 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Details details:
- LE PACK SURF & SAIL
Book 5 days of 2 hour surf lessons with a qualified instructor, equipment provided and also enjoy your choice of :
5 jours surf + 1h30 beginner STAND UP PADDLE lesson on Hossegor lac
5 jours surf + 1h beginner Catamaran lesson on Hossegor lac
5 jours surf + a 3h sailing trip in the sea (minimum 2 people)
- LE PACK SURF & WAKE
Book 5 days of 2 hour surf lessons with a qualified instructor, equipment provided and try wakeboarding with Gliss’Adour in Lahonce :
Julien will welcome you to introduce you to wakeboarding in a 15 minute try out session behind his MasterCraft wakeboard boat .
- LE PACK SURF & YOGA
Book 5 days of 2 hour surf lessons with a qualified instructor, equipment provided and enjoy the calm environment of the Ferme Audine de Yoga Searcher in your daily yoga practice. Two activities are included.
- LE PACK SURF & GASTRONOMY
Wake up your tastebuds after your surf lessons and taste the flavours of the fresh produce at Fou à Pieds Rouge restaurant in Capbreton… Entrée + Main + Dessert included.
- LE PACK SURF & PELOTE BASQUE
Surf lessons plus try out local sport pelote basque with Christophe DE ELIZONDO, pro player and instructor who's keen to share his passion for the sport.
- LE PACK SURF & TENNIS
Surf 5 jours with Surftrip et either try out or improve your tennis with François BONNIFACE, who has been teach tennis in Hossegor for 20 years!
Choose from either 1.5 hours provate coaching, or join a group lesson for an hour and a half a day over 5 days.
AU CHOIX :
5 days surf + 1 private tennis lesson
5 jours of surf + 5 jours of tennis, from 253€
For more info and prices visit : www.surftrip.fr
Lots going on this week, new coffee shops, designer pop-ups, art workshops, live music, sushi, and everyone's favourite band, Sunset Sons :-)
OK So first things first it's going to be a busy week so start your days with a coffee from either Le Deli in Seignosse or the new Sideways cafe at the All Good. store in the Zone Pedebert.
And finish them at live music on the terrace at Coolin a la Plage for Happy Hour. 6-9pm with €5.50 mojitos and €4 pints.
Jam with new friends at the Coolin a la Plage open mic session from 10pm.
It's all about Capbreton on Thursday. Live music and two for one mojitos at Le Deck with Ape House from 7:30pm, and painting and live music at the Boardriders store.
Lucius Brave is on at Coolin a la Plage from 11pm for a boogie afterwards.
Sushi Stop Party from 8pm with Rory J Williams (Sunset Sons) followed by B-Trix Kiddo, salsa dance workshops, cocktails and of course, sushi. €10 per head.
Follow this up with the opening of Centrale Cafe the new live music and tapas venue in er, centrale, and Ape House are at Coolin.
Opening party for the local designers pop-up store in Place Pasteur, Hossegor. Great jewelery, surfboards, art and clothing to check out from 6pm.
Follow this with Sunset Sons live at the All Good. store in the Zone Pedebert before they head off on their UK festival tour. Supported by Charlesp-Rat DJ set, from 8pm. Finish the night in Centrale with B-Trix Kiddo and Lucius Brave at Coolin a la Plage from 11pm - 3am. Phew.
Out of town
Ain't nobody got time for that...
Continuing the relaxation theme currently present on the blog - might we suggest a massage? Sarah Desmet is a qualified massage therapist who will come to your place with everything required to create a pop-up spa in your home. Sarah set up Nalu Massages after spending a lot of time studying various massage types in Bali.
Sarah works by appointment only in the Capbreton, Seignosse and Hossegor areas. There's range of blissful treatments offered, from the dance inspired Samudra massage, to energising deep tissue massage, or even reflexology or reiki. Call 06 37 64 61 76 (english and french spoken) to book. You can follow her adventures and news on facebook too.
Feeling a little stressed? Want to improve your balance and flexibility for surfing? Atlantic Yoga Shala has the answer. Beautiful yogini Sharleen Gonnet teaches vinyasa yoga in Hossegor and Boucau (near Bayonne).
You too can be as Zen as Sharleen, and although it may take some time to become as flexible, anything is possible. Sharleen teaches the dynamic flowing vinyasa style of yoga, and likes to break up the more difficult poses into easier parts in order to make them accessible to all levels.
Sharleen trains with Caroline Beliard Zebrowski, and teaches a class every Friday at the Samudra Yoga Studio in the Zone Pedebert, as well as at her studio in Boucau near Bayonne. For more information and timetables check out her website here.
Tonight at 45 Avenue du Penon - Vide Dressing and Pop-up shop. Local artisans Messy, Esta, Ragz, White Light, Nia Humphreys jewellery and Hive bikinis will be selling their wares, DJ B-Trix Kiddo will be providing the beats, and Phil is BBQ-ing up a storm. Sell, swap, and giveaway your old clothes while enjoying a few cocktails.
Some guidelines for sellers:
- Bring clothes you want to sell from 6pm, we have some racks, and washing lines and pegs for display, if you can bring hangers that would be great
- It's every girl for herself on the sales front, it's up to you to keep an eye on your stuff, make deals, haggle and swap
- If you can't decide if an item is saleable or for Emmaus, then the answer is Emmaus..
- The BBQ will be on, Phil will be cooking from 7pm
- Cocktails are available
- B-Trix Kiddo will be providing fab tunes and ambience
- Even if you're not selling, come anyway!
Finally Hossegor has its very own boutique hotel. All new Lake Loft Hossegor has just opened. Christina Winter and Olivier Barbes have literally nailed it with this high end renovation of an old Landais house, perfectly located between Hossegor lake and beach. Lake Loft sleeps a maximum of 10 people in 4 double rooms and the studio annexe.
Having met in Hossegor the couple started searching for a suitable property over two years ago. They looked at more than ten houses before deciding on Lake Loft - the location and terrain were perfect starting points for the project. Preserving the original footprint and bones of the building, Christina and Olivier worked with Hossegor architecht Luc Germain to create the industrial modern, yet highly comfortable and luxurious new boutique hotel.
Downstairs an airy open plan layout incorporates large windows to maximise the beautiful treetop views. A cooked breakfast is offered from the inhouse kitchen until a blissful 12pm daily, and evening meals can be delivered from excellent Hossegor restaurants St.Jean des Sables, SushiStop and Le Cafe Sud.
Outside, steps down the terrace lead you to the Bali stone lined swimming pool..
If you actually manage to drag yourself away from this haven, you can grab a ride to the beach in the vintage VW campervan, or cycle there in less than 5 minutes. Olivier and Christina will organise whatever you need to make your stay comfortable, from surf lessons to in-house yoga or massage, golfing or skateboards they have it covered.
The property is filled with beautiful design touches, and the couple have used local artisans and products where possible. Beachtowels are customised from Beach Access, the shop stocks locally made soya candles and custom StepArt clothing, and the fridge is stoked with Woll beer.
Apart from being the perfect venue for a holiday, Lake Loft is also available for events, photoshoots and meetings.
Loads on this week as summer is underway!
Wednesday 9 July - open mic night from 10pm.
Thursday 10 July - Live music from Yeah Mambu Brazilian band from 11pm at Coolin a la Plage- hopefully they aren't too upset to play...
Saturday 12 July: Ape House from 11pm at Colin a La Plage - Summer hours have begun, 3am closing!
Sunday 13 July - World Cup third place game at 10pm followed by B-trix Kiddo DJ set.
@ Le Deck Friday 11 July
Le Deck at Capbreton relaunch after the Ramsey experience. Enjoy the fresh fish focussed revamped menu - there's still some old favourites like Le Deck burger on there though, live music from The Crisis, and a DJ playing late.
Monday 14 July - Bastille Day
Public holiday, fireworks, late closing everywhere. Vive la revolution!
Tuesday 15 July
Recover from the aftermath of battle snd refill your tattered wardobe at the INHossegor.com Vide Dressing and Pop-up at 45 Avenue du Penon from 6pm. More info to come on this..
Out of town:
Surf film festival in Anglet over three days, catch a bunch of brilliant surf movies, in the natural ampitheatre of chambre d'amour in Anglet. Full program and access info on their website and FB page.
We thought we'd bring the sunshine back today with Hive Swimwear. Born in Noosa Heads, Australia Hive swimwear is designed to stay on when it's going off, so you can drop into those Hossegor barrels without any fear of popping up topless. If styling it out on a longboard is more your vibe, then a cool printed one-piece is the perfect look.
A selection of Hive Swimwear will soon be stocked in our Made in Hossegor store, with 10% off. You can also check out the full collection at www.hiveswimwear.eu and get 10% off at checkout with the code inhossegor.
More photos in our gallery.