The beach at Soorts-Hossegor
|• Mayor (2008–?)||Xavier Soubestre|
|Area1||14.51 km2 (5.60 sq mi)|
|• Density||230/km2 (590/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||40304 / 40150|
|Elevation||0–55 m (0–180 ft)
(avg. 10 m or 33 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Until 1310, the mouth of the Adour was in the district of Capbreton-Hossegor. When the Vikings attacked the area in 840, they settled immediately in the deserted swamps around the mouth. At that time, the chief of the invaders was Asgeir.
Hossegor remained a whale hunting area until the 14th century. Hossegor is a part of the little town of Soorts.
Hossegor has long been one of the premier surfing locations in Europe, with a series of world-class beach breaks such as Gravière and La Nord, and with nearby beach breaks in Capbreton and Seignosse such as La Piste and Bourdaines. It supports a thriving nightlife through the summer, centered at La Plage Centrale. It holds the Quiksilver Pro France contest every year in September.
- Sébastien Barrère, Petite histoire d'Hossegor, Éditions Cairn, 2015, 156 p. (ISBN 978-2-35068-284-6)
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