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Surf Basque Country


The UHAINA surf school is based in Anglet, in the Basque Country, on Les Corsaires beach. Created in 2003 by Iban ITHURBIDE, a surfing and board sports enthusiast, the school is open from March to December and offers everyone, whether they are complete beginners, have some experience or are looking for further training, surf lessons or courses supervised by qualified coaches.

Come and discover our many packages and enjoy your sessions in complete safety with quality equipment, recent or new, adapted for everyone and to the water conditions.


Jo Moraiz discovered the beauty and the fun of swimming in Biarritz waves when he was a kid. The ocean soon became his best friend. With a couple of friends (also from Biarritz) he is one of the first French Surfers.

In 1962, Jo Moraiz represents France during the first surfing world Championship in Peru. Although surf is just a “new thing” at that time, in 1695, he decides to open the first French surf shop in Biarritz. One year later, he inaugurates his own, now worldwide known, surf school.

Nobody seems to notice him when, in 1966, Jo Moraiz starts his surf courses. People do not pay much attention to him, not even local sportsmen, but he does not give up. However at the end of 8 years he begins to be very popular. Thanks to his long experience, he initiates the first (and still today the only one) surf teaching method. This method will, of course, be adopted by the French surf federation, on which national and federated licences will be created. By his teaching quality, Jo Moraiz, contributes to give Biarritz the “European Capital of Surfing” image.

Jo transmitted his surf passion to plenty of various people. His son, Christophe, has been growing up “breathing” surf every day. He surfed on his first board at the “Côte des Basques” beach when he was 5 years old, and joined the lifeguard team for 5 seasons long when he was 18 years old. Then he gets his BEES surf in order to share his passion working with his father.

Jo dies in 1999. Christophe takes over and perpetrates the same passion, experience and spirit of the Jo Moraiz surf school, a school created more than 45 years before.


Charlotte Caton a débuté le surf à l’âge de 9 ans sur les plages de Biarritz. Dès l’obtention de son Brevet Professionnel de Surf en 2010 (session sportif de haut niveau), animée par l’envie de transmettre sa passion, elle se lance dans l’enseignement. Qualité, partage, convivialité et sécurité sont les valeurs fondatrices de son école Mahi Mahi Surf School.

Ancienne sportive de haut niveau, sponsorisée par Roxy, Charlotte a compté parmi les meilleures surfeuses de la planète. En 2003, aux Championnats de France Espoir à la Réunion, elle se classe en première. Elle termine 3ème au classement Européen en 2007 et 30ème sur le circuit mondial en 2007.


Since 1996, Bidart Guéthary Parlementia surf school has continued to provide with passion, surf on the mythic spot of Parlementia.
Open all year round, the school offers internships, and group or private lessons, for everyone from 6 to 77 years old, supervised by instructors holding a State Certificate.
With or without accomodation, and thanks to its experience, the school guarantees a surfing learning with the best teaching methods, a qualified management team, some suitable equipment for everyone and the good choice for the practice area to perfect your level of practice.

Bidart Guéthary Parlementia surf school is registred to the Departmental Directorate of Youth and Sports (n°06498 and n°0015) and certified by the French Surfing Federation.
It is a group of instructors, who are all lifeguards, surfers, and who hold the State Certificate of Sports Educator with a Surf option, and who will give you lessons to learn how to surf.
Our golden rule is to provide effective teaching, by making you evolve in complete safety, and in a friendly atmosphere. Whatever your level, your age or your expectations, you will find in our different formulas the one that is made for you.
We offer alternative activities, in case of flat seas, such as stand-up paddle-board lessons (no extra charge). We also offer level notebooks and very nice diplomas at the end of the course.
We practice a very strict selection for the choice of a new instructor in our group.



Vintage VW RockNRoll Surfing The Basque Coast Excursion


Let’s Go Surfing! We will take you for a RocknRoll Ride through the French Basque Coast along the seaside in our restored van which has been transporting happiness since 1963. She’s an elegant black and white VW T1 Kombi with a well looked-after appearance. Always impeccable, she has undergone cosmetic treatment to stay so beautiful. She’s travelled miles of smiles, keeping her in good shape. A real gem!






"As a family that has been involved in surfing for more than 25 years, we will be delighted to share our own surfing experiences and adventures with you. Surfing is a sport and a lifestyle that makes us feel good and have lots of fun. Our overriding aim is to make you feel the same, learning to surf with the least possible effort, but at the same time with the utmost efficiency and satisfaction.

But we also give courses to those of you who know the basics of surfing and want to improve technically to really enjoy this sport.

You will also be able to have a surf guide at our school, who knows the area and who will provide you of a surfing day ( 4 hours, including trip) at the best spot and give you all the necessary explanations to make the most of the spot."

Basque Country Spirit