We caught up with surf team rider Maud Le Car to chat with her about competing in her home town of France! Check it out…
What city of France are you from?
I was actually born in the Caribbean (St. Martin Island in the French Caribbean).
Have you lived there your whole life?
I left St. Martin Island at 15 years old to improve my surfing and do more surf contests in France. I participated in a special studies/sport schooling so I could study while training.
Is Seignosse, Hossegor the best surf destination in France?
For me yes, Seignosse and Hossegor are the best surf destinations in France. We have a lot of good beach breaks and the waves are pumping when the swell is there! But there are also good waves in the south in “Le Pays Basque” (Biarritz, St. Jean De Luz…), especially in the winter when there are big swells. The landscape is also very different there than Hossegor, it’s beautiful.
What is your favorite leisure time activity in France (besides surfing)?
When I am not surfing I love to go VTT biking in the forrest and mountains in Seignosse and Capbreton. I also love to spend time with my friends in Hossegor Center and work out around the lake.
What are your favorite restaurants, foods, or shops?
I love food! My favorite place to eat is Hossegor Sushi for dinner and “Chez Closky” for lunch – they have amazing acai bowls and fresh fruits and salads. I go to “The Glaces Romane” when I’m craving something sweet and “Cafe de Paris” after dinner to have a drink with friends.
If you could describe the style (fashion) over there in a few sentences? Compare it to what you saw of California while you were here.
In France the style is more “classic” – everybody dresses the same way and the colors are more basic (black, white, brown), compared to California where the people have extravagant styles and their clothes are much more colorful. I think in France we are too shy to affirm our own style because you are systemically judged if you are wearing something different than the norm. The style in France is also about a year behind. Fashion from California doesn’t arrive in France until about a year later.
If someone was visiting France for the first time, where would you take them?
I would take them to see the sunset in Hossegor or Seignosse in Le Penon. During a long day in summer the sun sets around 10pm.
What is it like being a surfer over there and what is it like being sponsored by Volcom?
The surf culture in France is not as big as it is in California or Australia, but it is becoming more and more popular and “cool” to be a surfer in Hossegor – especially when you are sponsored by Volcom who is the most famous and well known brand in Hossegor.