The surf city certification

Lacanau | Lacanau manifests its pioneering role of surf city, first with the national recognition by the French Surfing Federation in 2015, and now becoming member of the World Surf Cities Network.


During a famous competition called « Lacanau Pro » in 2015, Laurent Peyrondet, Mayor of Lacanau, President of the Médoc Atlantique Tourism Office, was awarded the very first Surf City certification by Jean-Luc Arassus, President of the Fédération Française de Surf (French Surfing Federation).

The French Surfing Federation’s President outlined in detail the new certification created to highlight Communes that provide a welcoming and supportive environment for surfing in its various forms to the local and tourist population. The three values that the Federation wants to emphasize through the “Surf City” certification are citizenship, civility and solidarity.

The city of Lacanau was awarded “Surf City” – 3 stars. This award proves that it is one of the landmark arenas for French surfers.

Lacanau once more manifests its pioneering role of surf city.

Lacanau boasts a very strong history in the surfing world. Its first club, the Lacanau Surf Club, was established on July 27, 1968.

Many club personalities and competitors made surfing history and contributed to the story of the Lacanau Surf Club: Gisèle Bidon, Nadège Guillet, Jacques Hele (Honorary President of the ISA), Thierry Fernandez (winner of the Lacanau Pro 82, French and European champion), Yann Martin (Vice-European Champion, 3- time French surfing champion), Bérangère Planté (French champion), Damien Nöel (French champion, junior surfing), Justine Dupont (member of the World Tour of Surfing, French and European champion, surfing and longboarding and vice world champion, surfing), Pascal Basurko (European junior champion, bodyboarding), Cédric Grèze (France champion, bodyboarding), Christophe Lalande (European champion, junior surfing), Adrien Valéro, Geoffrey Henno, Nathan Hèle, Yannick Gauthier (French and European finalists), Eric Leroy and Sarah Burel (multiple French, European and World champions, tandem surfing) and Juliette Brice (European champion). Lacanau is a real champions’ cradle !