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.
You won't be needing them today - but they're definitely an object of summer desire for INHossegor.com..
Get your sing on, it's open Mic night at Coolin a la Plage
It's still sale time in the Hossegor stores - get in there quick for to grab the best of the bargains before they all disappear..
Sunday 6 July
Vintage shopping, cupcakes, artisan jewellery and more and the Lot 3 Pop-up:
Tuesday 8 July
INHossegor.com Vide Dressing @ 45 Avenue du Penon - Come and join us for an evening of cocktails, clothes, pop up stores and more.. Details to follow.
We recently had the chance to have a look around the atelier of the gorgeous Dani Snowden Boyd, where she creates her lovely Cutie Pie jewellery and The Vintage Jewelery Company bespoke pieces. Dani is currently creating a Hossegor range that's for sale exclusively in our Made in Hossegor store and at Le Deli in Seignosse.
IH: Introduce yourself please?
DS: Hi I’m Dani, originally from Norfolk, England. Owner and designer of I Love Cutie Pie jewellery.
IH: Tell us about Cutie Pie:
DS: Cutie Pie started out from a passion of upcycling vintage pieces from denim to army jackets to one off necklaces. My magpie like eyes love customizing finds from brocante markets into something new. Cutie Pie is now the online destination for delicate feminine everyday jewellery. It's been going for a while now, we celebrate our 7th birthday this summer. It all started when I first moved here. I’d always dreamt of working for myself from an early age & with no job prospects here it was the perfect opportunity & push to start something.
The UK press picked up on some of my early designs and it snowballed from there, I’ve since enjoyed great press coverage. That really turned it from just a hobby into reality. I still get a buzz from seeing my designs in a magazine. I truly love what I do and feel very lucky. I couldn’t imagine life without being creative.
IH: Where do you get your inspiration for the jewellery collection?
DS: That’s a tough one, from anywhere really, it could be something you see on your travels or an old antique ring at a brocante. I love a good rummage though the French vintage markets, there are so many treasures to find. I also have another jewellery company, VJC, which is a vintage line that specializes in high end one off creations.
IH: How long have you lived in Hossegor and what are your favourite things to do in the area?
DS: We have lived here for nearly 8 years now, on and off. It certainly feels like home as it’s the place where we bought our first house. A perfect weekend would include an early start at a brocante followed by a late brunch. Then maybe a hike somewhere in the Basque countryside. As much as I love sitting on the beach we are trying to do new things this year and explore a litte. I’ve just started stand up paddle boarding on the lake in Hossegor.
IH: Describe your perfect night out in Hossegor? (where to eat/drink etc)
DS: First stop would be at one of the oyster bars at the top of the lake. Nothing beats having an aperitif with that view. I love lazy evenings there. Or you can’t beat a cocktail at 45 Avenue du Penon. We don’t eat out much as I love cooking but if we do we mostly go to Papa Joub at le Sud or Le Deck in Capbreton. Both are really good value for money and do the perfect hangover burger ;)
New to Hossegor this summer - Byron Bay's Afends mens and womens clothing. Creatively different, rebellious yet positive, Afends' youthful crew of rad life enthusiasts do up skate parks destined for destruction, create surf vids out of files called the Yewbook, hold jam sessions in garages and generally live the shit out of life.
Rory Williams of Sunset Sons playing last month in Hossegor.
Afends ethos is question everything. With deep DIY spirit, Afends celebrates and explores the physical via it's surf, skate and snow family and the artistic, through artists, photographers and bands.
You find their epic threads at the All Good. store in Soorts. Oh and they're having a party soon - we'll let you know..
OK so you've booked your accommodation, and flights to Hossegor, now it's time to really embrace the Hossegor way of life and get into the ocean. However learning to surf can be a struggle. Despite his enthusiasm, your Aussie mate who wants to take you out the back and 'just push ya into a couple' may not be the best person to turn to. If you want to remain pals and actually enjoy the experience you might want to invest in some expert advice. The Hossegor waves are powerful and the currents can be strong so put safety and fun first by getting some proper tuition.
We chatted to surf school owner Philippe Mur about life, surfing and why it's worth investing in lessons.
IH: Tell us about yourself - where are you from and how long have you been teaching surfing?
My family and my life is between Hossegor and the Pyrenees where I am a ski instructor during winter. I've been teaching surfing in Hossegor for 15 years now...
IH: So is surfing really hard to learn?
PM: Boards and specially soft boards for beginners are really easier to surf than few years ago, so if you go step by step,it's not so difficult to get the hang of it. We'll teach you that before surfing, you have things to understand like choosing the right board, paddling, choosing and catching waves, the timing to stand up...etc. When starting, people are focus on standing up but surfing is also playing with the waves.
IH: FOAMIES ARE YOUR FRIENDS :-)
IH: If I’ve never been surfing before how many lessons will I need before I can stand-up and ride a wave?
PM: After two or three days, you start to understand how it works for the basics, but the ocean is different every day so you must always adapt what you learned the day before. That's why this sport is so interesting. Most of people come for a week class (5 or 6 days) and it's a good way to learn I think.
IH: Which beach do you prefer and why?
PM: I often surf between les culs nus and la gravière because you can find power waves or long ones, a good variety of waves. LA NORD when it's big and of course LA SUD in front of SURFTRIP SURFSCHOOL for the lessons.
IH: What are your Hossegor recommendations? Best place to eat/drink and shop?
PM: Watch the sunset on the beach aux culs nus à la cabane or chez monette to start, have a very good meal "le fou à pieds rouges" chez Marion et Christian in Capbreton and finish the night in Hossegor.
Then try to remember where your car is parked...to sleep in!
IH: Anything else you’d like to tell us?
PM: The school and rental are opened from April to October. Enjoy your stay...we're waiting for you !
SURFTRIP SURFSCHOOL holds "qualité tourisme" and "french surf federation" qualifications, so you can be sure that their instructors are keeping you safe. They also speak english, which could help. See you in the water!