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O'Neill Surflife Carcans

1 Rue de camping, Carcans - Gironde & Bordeaux Region , France
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Nearest Wave
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O'Neill Surflife Carcans
Reviews (5)
4 out of 5

The O’Neill Surflife Carcans camp is located in the lovely small town Carcans to Ocean. Carcans is a cool French surf town. It’s where you’ll find fantastic sandy beaches and quiet surf line to ups for surfers of all levels.

With our skate longboards by Sector 9 and Durkes you’ll be able to surf the tarmac and join longboard clinics. Wake up and relax with our breakfast buffet and top off your beach day with our tasty and fresh ‘surf food’.

Our spot is only 300 meters away from both the beach and town. On our grounds you’ll find a Chill Out with lounge and hammock areas, an Open Mic night, relaxing yoga sessions, cocktail parties, profesionnal surf lessons, the O’Neill surf contest, beachvolley and the best surfboards. Are you looking for a relaxed vibe with lots of surfing, yoga and live music, then come visit the O’Neill Surflife Carcans camp!

Location

You’ll find Carcans on the French Atlantic coast near Bordeaux and close to Lacanau which is famous for the international surfing competitions as well as the wild nightlife. It’s a true surfing town with cosy bars, tasty restaurants and great (surf) shops. Go for a swim or paddle board tour with our Boga SUP boards in the nearby lake ‘Lac de Hourtin’.

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5 REVIEWS
     

Summary

Accommodation
     
Surf Lessons
     
Review from Louise
Louise
United States of America
August 2019
Travelled solo

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Tents are very cute and nice to stay in and the location is close enough to walk to the beach and the small town while still being in the forest. The staff is very rude and unhelpful. They walked through where someone was mopping the floors and yelled at the girl cleaning. They got lost taking me back to the train station.
The surf lesson I requested was intermediate level. The lesson was beginner with most people having never touched a board before. The instructor did not know the beach. He was able to identify what people were doing wrong but unable to explain how to fix it.
This is a good camp for younger adults looking for a lot of planned activities but I do not recommend for people who want to be treated like adults or progress your surfing. Boards were only allowed to be taken out from 9-7 no early or sunset surfing.


How were the surf lessons?

     

Surf lessons often started late and ended early. Instructor stayed out of the water preventing much feedback from being given. The feedback provided was very general and did not explain how to fix the problem, just what it was.
The lessons were not divided by ability despite the assurances at booking. I am an intermediate surfer and my lesson was filled with complete beginners. The other lesson was also complete beginners with one advanced surfer who gave up and did his own thing.

Review from Rob
Rob
Antwerp
August 2018

How did you like the accommodation?

     

What an amazing surf experience at O'Neill Surflife Carcans! The location is simply perfect surrounded by pines and in the nearby of the Moliets beach with nice waves every day. I cannot describe how calming was to sleep in the hammock under the tree after a early morning surf session. The staff was always present and willing to help. There was plenty of healthy food at breakfast and dinner time. It is definitely the place to have a relaxed surfing holidays & meet new people from everywhere. For sure I will come back soon. Thanks a lot guys!

Review from Ann Ika
Ann Ika
Berlin
July 2018
Travelled solo

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Ein richtig geiles Camp mit coolen Team, ob Küche, Surflehrer oder Leitung alle sind Top. Man hat das Gefühl die Leute haben wirklich Spaß und Lust daran mit den Gästen eine gute Zeit zu verbringen.
Die Kurse werden den Bedingungen des Meers angepasst und bei perfekten Surfwetter ist man auch mal länger als die eig. Kurszeit im Wasser.

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Review from Natalia Stanowska
Natalia Stanowska
Nottingham
July 2018
Travelled with friends

How did you like the accommodation?

     

O'Neill Surflife Carcans has got to be one of the best holiday destinations for anyone, I couldn't recommend it highly enough (and I won't stop recommending it for years to come). It catered for all, whether you were there to chill, surf or party.
The location was gorgeous, from the camp site with tepees and hammocks to the perfectly scenic beach. Dinners were delicious and providing equally tasty meat and veggie options, which was greatly appreciated - every day was something different (my personal favourite has got to be the burritos). And of course, I have to mention yoga and surfing. Being new to both of these things, I was very glad to have such great "teachers".
The entertainment was fantastic, and so varied that everyone could get involved in something. From movie night to table tennis tournaments, every evening did not fail to entertain. 100% my favourite was open mic night, it was an incredibly magical experience. Big thanks to Mangoes and Neil for the evening entertainment. I met amazing people on this trip, and I will forever cherish the memories.
If you're considering O'Neill Surflife Carcans as your next holiday, without a doubt book asap, it will not disappoint!

Review from Anne Timmers
Anne Timmers
Haarlem
July 2018
Travelled as a couple

How did you like the accommodation?

     

Het was echt een supervakantie (Carcans). Een leuke groep mensen (staff+surfers), en heerlijk gesurft elke dag. Er was altijd genoeg materiaal aanwezig om te kunnen surfen. De surflessen werden heel goed gegeven door de surfinstructeur. Het kamp is leuk ingericht, en de bungalowtentjes zijn prima - super handig ook dat je erin kan staan, en dat het slaapcompartiment af te sluiten is van de rest. Het eten was goed geregeld en erg lekker. Heel fijn ook dat ze zo flexibel zijn dat je ter plekke nog kunt beslissen wanneer je wel en niet mee wilt eten bijvoorbeeld. De avondprogramma's waren ook leuk gedaan - voor mij waren vooral de twee avonden live muziek mooi.

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Number of people: 100
DVD
Parking (free)
Laundry
Pets allowed
Surfboard hire
Wetsuit hire
Breakfast (additional)
Dinner (additional)
Honesty Bar
Mini-Market
Packed lunches
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Mountain biking
Ping-pong
Skateboard hire
SUP
Surf school
Volleyball
Yoga

Additional Fees:

Camping fee € 10,- per person per week
2-Person Bungalow Tent
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

You’re staying in our spacious bungalowtents. Sharing these tents with a maximum of just 2 or 4 other surf camp guests means that your surfing holiday accommodation provides you with ample space and is the perfect home away from home. And better still, we’re also providing you with a comfortable and thick inflatable mattresses. All tents have their own solar powered lighting and a cooler filled with plates, cutlery and cups. All you need to bring is your a pillow, a sleeping bag or bedding and a smile!

4-Person Bungalow Tent
Room Type: Shared - Mixed
Sleeps: 4

You’re staying in our spacious bungalowtents. Sharing these tents with a maximum of just 2 or 4 other surf camp guests means that your surfing holiday accommodation provides you with ample space and is the perfect home away from home. And better still, we’re also providing you with a comfortable and thick inflatable mattresses. All tents have their own solar powered lighting and a cooler filled with plates, cutlery and cups. All you need to bring is your a pillow, a sleeping bag or bedding and a smile!

You can never get lost

When you book you will receive our confirmation email with full travel directions of how to get to us.

We don't provide airport transfers but you can book one easily here: Airport Transfers

  • - Nearest Airport: Bordeaux
  • - Distance from Airport in kms: 60
  • - Time from Airport in a car: 60min
  • - There is no train from the airport
  • - There is a bus from the airport

Come Surf With Us

Surf Lessons can be added in the booking steps if they are not already included in a package.

Instructors

Pim van der Meer

Martine Geijsels

Tommie Dijkhuizen

Always quieter than Lacanau, which doesn’t mean that the waves aren’t as good. Often more walled-up than hollow but still plenty of power and so much fun!

Main Surf Beach: Carcans-plage

Surf Lessons we offer:

Beginner Surf Lessons

The lessons last 1,5 hours each day. Each lesson consists of a maximum of 8 people per instructor. The complete equipment (surfboard, wetsuits and rash guards) are provided before the class starts. Our highly qualified and certified surf teachers will show you how to surf, with a fast method and in a safe learning environment.

Intermediate Surf Lessons

The lessons last 1,5 hours each day. Each lesson consists of a maximum of 8 people per instructor. The complete equipment (surfboard, wetsuits and rash guards) are provided before the class starts. Our highly qualified and certified surf teachers will show you how to surf, with a fast method and in a safe learning environment.

Advanced Surf Lessons

Get your own private surf instructor/ guide, transport and surf gear (if you don’t have your own) and go on a trip to surf the best spots according to your surf skills and expectations.
Come alone or with a group of friends (max. 5 persons) and start your Surf trip by discovering most of the breaks of this coast. Experience a true surf adventure in one of the most consistent coastline for waves.

Private Surf Lessons

Get all the surf coach attention and make the most of your time with an intensive 1h30/2h00 private surf lesson from ex-pro Martine Geijsels.
The Private teaching for intermediate-to-advanced surfers covers a variety of activities designed to improve surfing technique, speed and maneuverability, stance, flow & fitness, and give an opportunity for surfers to understand their surfing capabilities.


Carcans-plage

Carcans-plage

Level: All Levels

Always quieter than Lacanau, which doesn’t mean that the waves aren’t as good. Often more walled to up than hollow but still plenty of power.

Can get rippy. Crowds on summer weekends, then sparse on autumn mornings, when the local surf club members may be the only ones around.

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Rain

Wetsuits

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Air Temp (°C)

JAN/FEB

10°

MAR/APR

18°

MAY/JUN

24°

JUL/AUG

28°

SEP/OCT

22°

NOV/DEC

15°

PAYMENT

  • A small deposit is required to secure your booking.
  • Your balance is due at check in.

CANCELLING YOUR BOOKING

  • To cancel go to the MyAccount section and log in or register and you can cancel from within your account.
  • Your deposit is non refundable but can be used for the same property/surf school within one year of your original booking.
  • 1.In the event of cancellation the contracting party shall pay a fee to the entrepreneur. This amounts to: -In the event of cancellation more than 2 months prior to the activity or activities, the contracting party is bound to pay the entrepreneur at least 15% of the value of the reservation. -In the event of cancellation more than 1 month prior to the activity or activities, the contracting party is bound to pay the entrepreneur 35% of the value of the reservation. -In the event of cancellation more than 14 days prior to the activity or activities, the contracting party is bound to pay the entrepreneur 60% of the value of the reservation. -In the event of cancellation more than 7 days prior to the activity or activities, the contracting party is bound to pay the entrepreneur 85% of the value of the reservation. -In the event of cancellation 7 days or less prior to the activity or activities, the contracting party is bound to pay the entrepreneur 100% of the value of the reservation. 2.The fee shall be refunded on a proportional basis following deduction of administration costs, if the same activity is reserved by a third party for the same period of time on the recommendation of the contracting party and with the written consent of the entrepreneur

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