Kick start your summer by joining Star Surf Camps and Boardmasters for a sun-drenched week of surfing, yoga and live music with special guests in Moliets! Expect an amazing surf camp week – complete with Boardmasters Opening & Closing parties, special guests Hein Cooper & Wille & The Bandits, intimate live music gigs and DJs, daily surf lessons and yoga sessions alongside surf pros Luke Dillon, Tassy Swallow and Lucy Campbell, starlit surf cinema nights, skateboarding and BBQs, traditional French wine & cheese, sunset drinks on the beach, exploring Moliets’ local bars and much, much more!
Join Star Surf Camps for a Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over!
We’re really excited to welcome Boardmasters, the UK’s biggest surf & music festival, to Star Surf Camps in Moliets, for a sun-drenched week of surfing, yoga and live music with very special guests!
Expect an amazing surf camp week – complete with Boardmasters Opening & Closing parties, special guests Hein Cooper & Wille & The Bandits, intimate live music gigs and DJs, daily surf lessons and yoga sessions alongside surf pros Luke Dillon, Tassy Swallow and Lucy Campbell, starlit surf cinema nights, skateboarding and BBQs, traditional French wine & cheese, sunset drinks on the beach, exploring Moliets’ local bars and much, much more!
Boardmasters Festival is an annual surf and music festival held in Cornwall, UK, welcoming a crowd of 150,000 people for an awesome weekend of live music and surfing! Following last summer’s sold out event, Cornwall’s very own surf and music festival will return to Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay from 8 – 12 August 2018! Headliners include Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Chemical Brothers and George Ezra, plus Rag’n’Bone Man, Annie Mac, Years & Years, Stefflon Don, Fat Freddie’s Drop, Rae Morris, Kano, Friendly Fires, MK, Raye and hundreds more!
Past years have seen huge music acts including Bastille, Faithless, Rudimental, Snoop Dogg, Chase and Status, Basement Jaxx, Ed Sheeran, Plan B, Leftfield, Cypress Hill, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, Newton Faulkner, Ben Howard performing.
Since 1981, Boardmasters has been the biggest international professional surf contest and music festival in the UK. Over the last 37 years, Boardmasters has attracted the biggest names in world surfing as well as some of the biggest music acts. So, to ensure you make the best of the summer, simply ditch your shoes, wander onto the golden Cornish sand, sit back and enjoy the freedom, adventure and creativity of surfing and music.
Boardmasters endeavours to bring the best of music and surfing together in one unique festival experience. Being part of the World Surf League (WSL) qualifying series (QS) guarantees an array of travelling international surfers as well as the best British surfers, all looking to qualify for the World Championship Tour (and enjoy the party afterwards). The WSL surf contests are held Fistral Beach and best of all, they’re free for all spectators!
Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over will keep you smiling and entertained from the first wave to the last beat; with Boardmasters Opening and Closing parties featuring Hein Cooper, Wille & the Bandits and very special guests to soundtrack your surf holiday!
Not only that, but you can expect intimate campfire sessions and the hottest DJs spinning your favourite records as the sun goes down!
Australian singer/songwriter Hein Cooper just closed a big year with the release of his album ‘The Art of Escape’. In 2017, he was busy playing festivals through Europe and other shows included accompanying Sunset Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros through Germany/Canada and selling out multiple headline shows in the Uk/Canada and Germany.
His hit single ‘Rusty’ topped Canadian charts in Québec for 48 weeks, the videoclip reached 500k+ views on Youtube and has recently been remixed with French singer Morgane Imbeaud, climbing the French charts since then.
Wille and the Bandits are Wille Edwards, Matthew Brooks and Andrew Naumann. Formed in 2010, Wille and The Bandits are a band from Cornwall, UK taking their inspiration from a variety of artists, such as Pearl Jam, Ben Harper and Jimi Hendrix. Their music spans across many genres, such as the Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk styles.
The band has played at festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Greenman, Shambala and Greenbelt. They were chosen as one of three top unsigned bands in the United Kingdom and were listed in the top ten must-see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1.
Nestled in the beautiful pine forests of Southwest France, you find white sandy beaches and the bustling centre of Moliets just a stone’s throw from our campsite.
In true Boardmasters style, we have multiple chill-out areas with hammocks and sun loungers, surf equipment available to all free of charge, storage tents for your valuables (if required) and a surf theory shack for those wanting tips on mastering the waves. We’ve also got table tennis, balance trainers, skate and longboards available to borrow and many other things to keep you stoked, entertained and smiling.
Just north of Hossegor, Europe’s surfing capital, Moliets is internationally known for its incredible waves, great summer vibes and awesome night life – the perfect formula for a fantastic and unforgettable surfing holiday. So whether you are a solo traveler, student, small or large group – be sure to join us at Boardmasters Surf Camps to experience as much excitement out of the water as in it.
A surf trip to France is well known to include fine wine, great food, some of the world’s best surfing beaches and a relaxed atmosphere among the pine forest-covered sand dunes. Consistent North Atlantic swells funneled into the Bay of Biscay combined with all-year-round warm temperatures mean that France is a must for any surfer, of any level.
The Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over in France is ideal for everyone! From complete beginners wanting get their first taste of riding waves, to those who’ve been surfing for a while looking to sharpen their skills in some of Europe’s finest conditions. Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or with a group of friends; our famous Boardmasters hospitality will ensure that you feel welcomed and well looked after.
For your Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over breakfast, we provide you with a delicious buffet that includes a variation of tea, coffee, juices, milk, cereals, honey, jam, fresh and crispy traditional French baguettes, a large selection of cheese, ham, salami and other spreads, fresh fruit, tasty croissants, sweet and savoury crêpes and more delicious baked treats. You also get to take whatever you can’t try in the mornings as a beach-side picnic lunch for your day out surfing!
Six nights out of your surf holiday week, we’ll serve you a hearty dinner with variations of desserts. Everyone loves a good BBQ, so during your stay we get the coals burning and the good summer vibes flowing for our delicious Boardmasters BBQ feast. And on the chef’s night off, we highly recommend you join us on the ‘Boardmasters Tour’ to San Sebastián, which is one of the culinary and social highlights of the surf camp week, and includes Tapas, Sangria and partying!
For snacks during the day, we have the Boardmasters Snack Shack on-site providing ice creams, snacks, cold drinks, chocolate bars and other little treats that will keep you going for during your sun-drenched and salty days!
Main Surf Camp
You’ll be staying in our beautiful and spacious 3-man bell tents and sharing with only 2 other Boardmasters guests, meaning your accommodation provides you with ample space and is the perfect home away from home. We also provide memory foam mattresses: allergy free, high density, super comfy and guaranteed to give you a great night’s sleep. All you need to bring is a pillow and sleeping bag! (Bedding can be provided as an optional upgrade for those wishing to travel light.)
You’ll be staying in our beautiful and spacious 2-man bell tents, perfect for those travelling as a couple or with a friend. However for added luxury we provide raised wooden beds with memory foam mattresses, pillows and bedding, power outlets for charging those essentials and each tent is beautifully decorated with furnishings. After all, it’s the little things that count!
Trip to San Sebastián
Just 20 kilometres south of the French border, along the crystal-clear coast of the beautiful Bay of Biscay, lies the vibrant city of San Sebastián. It’s stunning harbour, lively city centre and grand Spanish plazas give the city a glamorous and sophisticated atmosphere by day, while uncountable busy tapas bars and numerous energetic night clubs make way for it’s exciting and enticing vibe at night. Join us on our fantastic day trip away from the surf to this city we’re sure you will fall in love with!
Surf Camp Activities
Besides surfing in the sun and live music by moon-light, we’ve got plenty more in store for you. From pub quizzes and fancy dress flunky ball, to starlit outdoor surf movie nights and our famous tarp surfing events, to BBQs and freshly mixed cocktails from our Boardmasters tiki bar. And if you’ve still got more energy, our campsite offers facilities for table tennis, tennis, volleyball and football.
Daily yoga sessions take place in surf camp, among the pine trees and on the beach; offering a first introduction to yoga for beginners or more advanced sessions for those already familiar with the practice. And the great news is… all yoga sessions are included in all surf festival packages!
Yoga has taken the surfing world by storm, with even pro surfers using it to improve their flexibility, core strength and overall performance. What better way to recover after a long day of surfing than with a sunset yoga session to rejuvenate your aching muscles and revitalise your soul!
Swim & Sunbathe
Of course, you don’t have to surf if you don’t want to! The warm water of southern France is perfect for swimming and the white sandy beaches and French climate are ideal for sun-worshippers to top up their tans. Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over is your holiday, so you can tailor it how you wish… surf, swim, sunbathe – it’s your choice.
Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over has multiple chill-out areas, hammocks and sun loungers for you to relax in with like-minded souls. Our ‘Starlit Surf Cinema’ and infamous ‘Tarp Surfing Skateboard’ nights are just two of many things that will make your surfing holiday with us unforgettable! So bring your friends, a big smile and join us for a fantastic week of sun, fun, surfing and good vibes at Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over!
What to expect?
Each day we will head down to the beach 1km from our surf camp, where you can surf, swim or sunbathe on the white sand.
Join our stoked surf coaches for 12 hours of surf tuition including surf theory sessions and surf equipment use for only £70! Our Surf Coaching packages benefit from daily surf lessons and hands-on coaching sessions, ensuring you have all the knowledge and advice before hitting the water (maximum of 8 people per lesson.) You’ll also get 12 hours of tuition over the course of the week, including theory lessons on land as well as coaching in the water. Our professional and fully-licensed surf coaches all hold lifeguard qualifications to keep you safe in the waves. Surfboards are available to use free of charge and wetsuits are available too. However, in the summer months you can happily surf in just a pair of boardies or a bikini. Bliss!
And for all the free surfers among us, join the Boardmasters Surf Ambassadors, Tassy Swallow, Luke Dillon & Lucy Campbell, for some epic dawny and sunset sessions. Where else do you get to surf with real Pros?!
Departing on Friday 29th June you will travel overnight, crossing the English Channel and driving through the French countryside, arriving in the south of France by lunchtime on Saturday 30th June. Your journey home starts late evening the following Saturday, so you can enjoy a full surf holiday week at Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over, arriving back in the UK on the morning of Sunday 8th July.
Flying to France
Flights are available from a range of UK airports into Biarritz or Bordeaux. Transfers can be arranged from Biarritz (£45 return) or Bordeaux (£55 return). Please make sure to select a transfer from your chosen airport during the booking process if you’d like us to collect you.
To make sure your surf holiday in Moliets runs as smoothly as possible, here are a few items you should remember to pack:
Yes, yes… YES! Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over in France is ideal for EVERYONE! Our mission is to get more people in the waves and sharing our love of surfing. Our Boardmasters Surf Camp in Moliets is designed to encourage novices into their first wave, whilst improving and developing the skills of those who’ve already mastered the basics looking to take their surfing to the next level. With surf lessons available for beginners and surf guides for intermediate-advance riders, you’re sure to find what you need to make the most of your holiday.
Not at all… surfing is purely voluntary and only a part of what makes our Boardmasters Surf Camp so special. For those wanting to chill out, top up their tan or make friends on the beautiful beach - we have a range of activities available out of the water. We offer complimentary daily yoga classes, offering the opportunity to fully unwind and find a state of complete relaxation.
Both Surf Safari and Surf Coaching packages include free surfboard rental including your wetsuit (if needed), outside of surfing lesson times. Unfortunately we don’t have enough equipment to cater for everyone to surf at the same time, however by rotating sessions we find we have plenty of gear to go around.
Yes you can bring your surfboard! Surfboards can be taken on the Boardmasters Bus, we have limited availability (10 surfboards per coach) so booking early is advised. Please remember to pack with lots of protection, unfortunately we cannot be responsible for damage. Flight operators usually charge additional luggage fees for taking surfboards, so please check with your flight operator's Large Sports Luggage policy before arriving at the airport to avoid costly fees.
Wetsuits are available free of charge for those who require one, again please note that on Surf Safari packages these can only be supplied outside of surf lesson times. The water temperature in summer is warm, so a wetsuit isn't essential unless you're wishing to surf for a prolonged amount of time (2 hours plus). Surfing in boardies or a bikini will be fine, however if you wish to bring your own wetsuit, a 2/2mm or 3/2mm wetsuit is more than sufficient.
Solo travellers are encouraged to share tents on the Surf Safari and Surf Coaching packages as our bell tents accommodate a max of 3 people. Whilst the thought of sharing a tent with people you’ve not met before may be nerve-racking, your roomies will be in a similar situation; and here at Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over, we create a friendly environment where interaction and participation are promoted. Whilst you might arrive as strangers, you will leave as friends - making great summer memories along the way. We will always plan to put female solo travellers together and likewise for male.
Yes, we always group travelling friends together. Please make sure you and your friends book into the same camping area, Main Camp or Boutique Camp as we are unable to group friends who are staying in different camps.
Our Boutique Camping area is situated just a stone's throw from Main Camp and offers an extra level of luxury for those looking to make the most out of their surf camp experience. This area is a little quieter (max. 80 guests) and benefits from a separate eating area and more secluded yoga sessions. You’ll be staying in our beautiful and spacious 2-man bell tents and sharing with only 1 other Boardmasters guest, so a little extra privacy and great for travelling couples. Inside the tents we provide raised wooden beds with memory foam mattresses, pillows and bedding, power outlets for charging those essentials and each tent is uniquely decorated with furnishings. Although the camps are very close, we advise travelling friends choose the same camp if you wish to be together.
Surf Safari is for intermediate surfers who’ve mastered the basics and feel comfortable in the water. Our surf guides can show you the best surf spots and give pointers in the water, but you’ll be confident enough to head out into the water on your own.
Surf Coaching is for beginners or people looking to sharpen their skills in the water. This package consists of daily lessons and priority on surfing equipment at busy times. Our surf coaches will offer guidance on land first, making sure you understand all the techniques before heading out into the water. Once in the waves the surf coaches will be on hand to monitor your progress, offer advice and help you catch as many waves as possible.
Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over can be found nestled in the stunning pine forests of Moliets, Southwest France. With beautiful white sandy beaches and a lively town just a stone’s throw from our campsite, you’re sure to have everything you need for an incredible week of waves.
Boardmasters Surf Camp
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Avenue de l'Océan
EU passport holders do not require a visa to enter France for tourist purposes. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. If you hold a passport from outside the European Union we strongly recommend that you check with your nearest French Embassy.
Yes, we can supply bedding for those who do not wish to travel with a pillow and sleeping bag. Please select this bedding option in the booking form. For those choosing to stay in Boutique Camping, bedding is provided free of charge.
You will need to bring your own shower and beach towels, these are not provided.
Vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request. If you have any allergies or other dietary requirements, please let us know in advance so we can cater for your needs on your surf holiday with us.
The Boardmasters Moliets Take-Over tiki bar will be serving drinks throughout the week plus the town of Moliets has a number of bars and restaurants serving drinks throughout your stay.