Biarritz has long been world-famous for its surfing, and even created the first French surfing club back in 1959. Today, several local surfing schools and training courses offer lessons with qualified instructors. Check to make sure that the school is approved by the Federation Francaise de Suft. A few good ones include Biarritz Surf Training on Impasse Helene Boucher, Ecole de Surf Jo Maraiz on Avenue de Bidart, La Vague Basque on Plage de la Milady, and Ecole de Surf Plums  on place Clemenceau. Plus, every July the Biarritz Surf Festival draws tons of surfers to the weeklong party that takes place along every beach in town.

Golf has also been huge in Biarritz since the late 1800s. Today there are 10 courses to choose from, all within 15 miles of the town. The Biarritz Golf Club, more than 100 years old, is located right in the town center. It features several competitions, including the Biarritz Cup in July, Les Makilas du Golf, and the Capri Teen’s Golf Trophy. Or try the 14-acre Centre d’Entertainement d’Ilbarritz-Bidart on avenue Reine Nathalie, which features a circular practice area set against the scenic Pyrenees, with every golfing hazard imaginable. Golfers can benefit form the training center’s modern techniques, including workshops, video, and a 9-hole course.

The other major sports attraction is rugby. In 1913, the Biarritz Sporting Club and the Biarritz Stade merged to form Biarritz Olympique. Biarritz won their first French Champion title in 1934, and a rugby academy resulted in 1936. Today the club is professional, and has benefited from the likes of Philippe Bernat-Salles, Serge Betsen, and the Lievremont brothers. Game details are available from the Biarritz Olympique.