La Gravière is a world-class but gnarly beach break, maybe the most famous one in Hossegor. Depending on the banks, this spot sometimes hosts the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro France, World Tour stops, held every year between the end of September and the beginning of October.
This spot offers one of the heaviest barrels, fast and hollow. La Gravière is probably one of the best waves in Europe, but also one of the most technical to surf. The wave works from 3ft and can hold up to 15ft. It breaks very close to the shore and often closes out, which means that wipeouts can be traitorous. It works at all tides but shows it best at low. Also, the bigger the swell, the stronger the rip…
From 6ft up, if you accept the risk of seeing your board snapped, you will take the chance to enjoy one of the best sessions of your life.
What are the best surf conditions for La Gravière, Hossegor?
We recommend riding your standard shortboard or step-up when bigger. La Gravière in Hossegor is best suited to intermediate to advanced surfers. The surf here is quite consistent (6/10) and you can score uncrowded waves if you’re lucky (5/10). The best winds for La Gravière are East. The best swell direction is from the Northwest, Southwest and West
We recommend wearing a spring suit, in summer with the warmest water temperature a pleasant 21 degrees in July. In winter we recommend wearing a 5/4 wetsuit with temps being a brisk 12 degrees! See the temperature chart below for more data on this.