We tested a Camper-van from We-Van to enjoy a surf trip in the Bask Country & Landes (South-west of France). We rented « l’Esquisse », a 2-seater Camper van, fully furnished by We-Van, that runs on the illustrious VW chassis. A revival of the true essence of camper vans and of wandering travel: simplicity, efficiency, comfort.
Renting this Camper-van to realize our surf trip was definitely the best option. When you surf, you need to check out first the conditions depending on the forecast. You have to check swell and drive a few kms before finding the right surfing spot of the day. With a Camper-van, you can park the night before in front of this spot in order to enjoy an early session the next day. If the waves are not there as expected, you just need to move on the next one.
Here was our daily schedule:
- A rich breakfast high in vitamins before surfing while you are watching and understanding the swell,
- Having an after-session coffee break, a good lunch and some rest before going back into the water when the tide is on,
- After enjoying a sunset session, going away into the wild and find another spot for the night.
During this week, we had the chance to enjoy the International Surf Film Festival in Anglet. Among others « Lost in the swell » was a very interesting documentary film about travelling, sailing and surfing around Solomon Islands. Then, we enjoyed the Big Festival in Biarritz with many live musicians on the beach and also witnessed the « Big Surf Invitational » event. We enjoyed a week long amazing drive on the coast from Hendaye to Seignosse, with the famous road « La Corniche » which gives you a panoramic view between ocean cliffs, wildlife of the country and mountains in the background…What else would you want…
Once you make the decision to travel in a different way, you will notice lots of advantages. No daily grind, as your environment changes all of the time: your neighborhood, the landscape, surrounding noise with the groundswell or drunk kids playing around. You can enjoy every single moment because they are unique and time goes too fast. This is a priceless life-time experience.
You don’t have any limits to explore the world around you, you can go whenever and wherever you want.That’s the real Freedom. Going away from touristic places and getting lost into the wild, because your home is where you park it.
Sometimes, you can feel like an alien when lots of people are watching you in the van. Are they curious or just noticing a pure happiness? Most of them are very interested by this way of life but might not take the plunge. Compared to other countries, they are not used to it yet.
Living in this Camper-van by myself felt…safe, either in a street with the ocean view or in a camping-car-area. Those places are great because you feel part of a traveller community, able to meet people from everywhere with different stories but with the same will: staying wild and free.Those people make you travelling further than where you are going actually.
Families, couple or friends are all there to enjoy day by day their time off. So if you don’t feel comfortable with the idea of staying alone in remote areas, you can relax there for only 10€ (last 24hours). Whatever your choice, the good point is to have the choice. Have a look on www.park4night.com and you will find all informations you need. We-Van Camper-vans make you feel like home anywhere. This lifestyle is safe, easy and cheap, so what are you waiting for?