Plage des Bourdaines, Seignosse.

Miky Picon, Jeremy Flores, Tim Boal, Sancho, Fredo Robin, Marc Lacomare, Abdel El Harim, Hira Terinatoofa, Michel Bourez, Hugo Savalli, Yan Benetrix, Charly Martin, Fabrice Gelez, plus top women’s CT-ers Keala Kennelly, Sofia Mulanovich, Rochelle Ballard, Megan Abubo plus a scattering of foolish recreational surfers convened on a mid-high tide lefthander just north of the ‘Cream bank’ at Plage des Bourdaines. (Bear in mind this is after the QS masses had left, and before the CT stars arrive in SW France). Also, French Hollywood star and boyfriend of Monica Bellucci Vincent Cassel was even out there getting a few with some of Europe’s very finest wave riders. So crowded was it full of voracious shredders that Carwyn Williams and his red wetsuit didn’t even paddle out, electing to merely observe the heavy duty ripping from the sand. Throw in photogs like SE’s own Alex Laurel plus Narbe, Sylvain Cazenave, Daz and Vincent shooting video for Euroforce and several others video dudes, and aside from the fact that many of the onlooking females were topless, it looked like a scene from the North Shore’s Rocky Point in early December. If you’re planning a trip to Hossegor-Seignosse this time of year, definitely scout around to find a bank and be prepared to sacrifice a little bit of quality for some elbow room, yo.

PE