These Camp attendees clearly enjoying their vegan days. Photo Vegan Surf Camp

These camp attendees clearly enjoying their vegan days. Photo: Courtesy of Vegan Surf Camp

It seems that surfers have finally come to the vegan party, with the world’s only organic vegan surf camp running on the southwest coast of France this summer. Maybe we can thank Kelly Slater. The 11-time world champion has recently championed everything from chia seeds, Greek restaurants and non GMO foods.

However Kelly, as usual, might be the exception to the surfing rule. Whilst being known as a relatively healthy species, surfers also aren’t usually afraid to settle their post-surf hunger with traditional fare of breakfast burritos, fish tacos for lunch or burgers washed down with beers for dinner.

At the Vegan Surf Camp, however, you’ll have a much better chance of eating macrobiotic Miso rather than a meat pie for your post-surf munch. The camp only uses organic, quality, seasonal and local products to minimize any environmental impact.

A typical vegan plate offered by the camp. Photo by Vegan Surf Camp

A typical vegan plate offered by the camp. Photo by Vegan Surf Camp

Each camp runs for one week (between the 2nd of July and 27th of August) at Moliets-Plage, a beach resort located between Arcachon and Hossegor about 100 miles south of Bordeaux. The surf is only a ten minute walk away from the camp, with surf instructors and all equipment available on site.

Yoga on the beach is a good way to start the day. Photo: Courtesy of Vegan Surf Camp

Yoga on the beach is a good way to start the day. Photo: Courtesy of Vegan Surf Camp

Along with the organic vegan only fare (the vegan buffet is a daily highlight for guests), there are other activities offered to increase your well being. Yoga is held twice a day (for around $5 a lesson) and there are cooking workshops, run by a kitchen crew who are all graduates of the Macrobiotic Institute of Boston.

Camp guests chow down vegan style. Photo by Vegan Surf Camp

Camp guests chow down vegan style. Photo: Courtesy of Vegan Surf Camp

Of course it’s not just all serious health stuff, there’s also a bar on site – and you can make of what you will that one of the camp partners is a German condom company. However, if you surf and are a vegan (or simply just want to see what its like for a week), the Vegan Surf Camp is the only option for you. You never know, Kelly Slater might be one of your fellow guests.

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