· By Maria Nilsson
Party wave! Biarritz, France
Everytime I come to Biarritz, it’s stormy as hell. That’s how you know I’m in town. I bring with me wilderness, killing waves and raging winds. I parked my car at the parking of Cote des Basques and rushed up to my friend Filipa Edghill’s apartment. Filipa is a Swedish surfer and artist who moved to Biarritz 2 summers ago (See her interview for Atmosea here) She is the embodiment of Sweetness: from her kind generous spirit, to her addiction for candies. I knew Filipa wasn’t going to be home, she left the keys of her apartment for us, while she was on a trip to Sweden. I was welcomed by the smiles and hugs of my Australian family. Maria Nilsson with her husband Peter Pascoe (freshy married! Yew!), and Alyssa alas Munchie a Byron lady, who came to France to pursue a career in the yatch industry. The next morning we drove down to San Sebastien to pick up Clare, a Byron artist who moved to San Sebastien with the objective to learn Spanish. She also draws epic surfing dogs. Walking the windy streets of San Seb’, tipsy on the cervezas and full on fried tapas is something to do if you are around this part of the world. Back in Biarrtiz the weather started to clear out and the waves were lining up. Filipa was back and Alice Vedrine pumped to have her Australian friends in town. It was time to hop into our space suits and into the water sphere. The community of surfers in Biarritz is small and amazing. People are super kind and here to have a good time. There is always an opportunity for jokes and smiles, and I am absolutely in love with the finesse of French sarcasm. With a 3 foot waves of crystal clear water over a burning sunset, we couldn’t dream of a better session at La Cote Des Basques.
Our favorite Biarritz’s shop, Helders, hosted a party for Atmosea product launch in store. Jeremy and Theo are the founders of this epic concept store that give a real opportunity to so many artists and brands. Helders constantly hold events and art exhibition of new merging Creatives, like our Sweet Flilipa Edghill. That night 60 bottles of wine drunk and we enjoyed some delicious foie gras (duck liver pate), cheese and bread from local producers. Everyone had such an epic time. And we ended it on the beach, until we ran out of wine. About 20 ladies came down for the Mermaid session to share some waves, dressed up in Atmosea’s suits and covered with glitters. It was so nice to meet so many gurfs and to introduce the brand to the French community and girls surf group Elles Surf. Helders is the only store in France to sell Atmosea wetsuits, Maria will be back next year with so much more goodness and I cannot wait to see her and all these other amazing humans.
Words by Anouck Cololleur