Vieux Boucau Spot Guide

About Vieux Boucau

With Messanges to the north and Soustons to the south, Vieux Boucau is slap bang in the midst of a fun, sometimes shifty, sometimes excellent series of beachbreaks. Port d'Albret lagoon and its river running to the sea separates Nord and its often punchy, mid to high tide banks, from the Soustons stretch to the south. Plenty of room to spread out and find your peak.

Source: Vieux Boucau Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for all especially when small.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive with a strong local crew but traditionally a good vibe thanks in part to the longstanding surf community here.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Popular but quieter than the waves of Hossegor to the south.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

A reliable, fun beachbreak with peaks to be found north and south of the river.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

At head high plus, the longshore drift can be enthusiasm zapping.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Longshore drift, especially near the river and when big.


A couple of large car parks just behind the beach inc. Ave des Dunes.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard, bodysurfing



Best Season

September - February. Early Autumn the water and air temps are still warm, the winter kicks temperatures dip as the size and power of swell picks up.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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