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In Praise of the Off-Season………

………….or: What Luisa Thinks of Fall Break………..                                                    

 Fall break is one of the greatest gifts ever bestowed upon mankind. Just when the going at work starts getting tough again, fall break swoops in and takes you once again to the land of vacation, where free time and fun flow like milk and honey. Afterwards, all you have to do is let yourself slide through Christmas time to round out the year. Done.

Unfortunately, sometimes it can happen that fall break just shows up at your doorstep and catches you unprepared, like a visitor who announced himself ages ago and who you had by now completely forgotten about. It stumbles in, leaving you with no plans to effectively savor this greatest of gifts ever given to humble mortals that is fall break. To prevent this tragedy from happening to you, we have an idea: come visit us at Maranga Surfvilla next fall and enjoy all the benefits of the off-season – great weather, empty line-ups, and beautiful late-summer landscapes!

Of course, there are many well-known reservations people have about surfing later in the year…Isn’t the ocean too wild already? Isn’t it too cold to be walking around in a soaked wetsuit? Aren’t the beaches windy and uncomfortable? Put your worries aside, the off-season has something for everybody.

The waves conditions can be a bit more variable, which is the perfect challenge for intermediate and advanced surfers, and can also be great news for beginners. Why? During the off-season, course sizes shrink so that you receive a lot more individual attention. Our surf instructors know these spots like the back of their hand and can teach you directly how to navigate the waves and the currents. In this way, you’re not only training the mechanics of surfing, but learning how move in the water on your own.

So now you see, surfing will be the least of your problems. Rather, your dilemma will probably be that you have too many fun things to do in too little time. You should definitely treat yourself to a walk through the pines, where the paths snake between dunes and forest glades. Dive into the end-season sales at the outlets. Eat French ice cream and baked specialties until you’re fit to burst. And then…look beyond Hossegor, and take a day-trip to one of the surrounding cities, now emptied of all those pesky tourists. How about Biarritz? Maybe San Sebastianis more your thing? No matter – they’re all great!

And then, after all that is over and done with, come back to the Surfvilla, snuggle up on a couch, tell us about your adventures, and sing out in praise of the off-season!

May it live forever!

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It’s the End of a Season….

…on the French Atlantic coast. It came first in hints, and, step by step, became evident all around. Elmar deconstructed his cozy beach terrace, there’s no more “tasty” drinks at “Booboozzz”“Le Surfing” and  “Heads”  closed out with a bang, and the beach is deserted – the waves either too big or not there at all.

After wonderfully warm October weeks and a successful Quicksilver Pro Contest the Surfvilla is now switching to hibernation mode. Barbara has scrubbed and stored away the yoga-mats, Sebastian took down our beloved swing, Luisa only barely managed to part from her beloved dishwashing brushes and bowls, Artti put aside the XL pots and pans, and Konrad dewaxed the surfboards. Only Sophie stoically continues her job of loudly and effectively defending the garden..

Sad but true, the time has come again to say: the summer is over, fall and winter are at our door…with a heavy heart we say good-bye to flip-flops and board shorts – but only for a while: our journey continues in the South, Morocco is calling!

The reliable winter swells are approaching Morocco’s shores. Starting November, we can begin expecting the usual great conditions at our favorite spots. Artti and Lando will soon make their way to the Maranga Surfhaus in Taghazout to pass the winter there – and, of course, they’re hoping that you’ll join them. With these two you’ll have the perfect guides to show you the country, the people, and the spots. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Photos, as well as a lot of travel material, including information on flight options and airlines, are available on our new Maranga Webseite.

Over the summer we spent some time re-hauling our site – in happy co-operation with Neckarmedia –hoping to make it better than ever.

Any and all feedback welcome!

We’d like to thank everyone who contributed their help: Alena for her wonderful photos, Barbara and Michi for writing and being our Maranga fitness models, Luisa for writing and English translations, and Nadia for video-editing.

We wish you a wonderful autumn and look forward to seeing you again…

With heart-felt greetings,

your Maranga-Crew

 

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How Alena began surfing: Maranga

Happy Alena

How did I find Maranga Surf & Travel?
A good 8 years ago a friend said to me, “Feel like surfing?” and I spontaneously said “Yes!” After all, I’d never done it before and it definitely felt like something I wanted to try. We then went straight to business and started researching surf-camps online. If you ask a surfer where you’ll find the best waves, they’ll probably say Bali, Hawaii of Australia. We, however, found the Villa Chilla Surfcamp on the French Atlantic coast in Seignosse. It’s not too far. Easy to access. It gets waves. A beach. Nice weather. And a surf-course. Let’ go! Who would’ve thought that a huge love of surfing would develop out of this? Just a few days after forging our plan we traded the Hamburg sleet for sun and flip-flop-weather. You know what? Barefoot’s even better.

 

Surfvilla Hündin Sophie. Foto: Alena Zielinski

I immediately felt comfortable in the lovingly furnished Surfvilla in the neighborhood Le Penon. Back then, I already had a boundless love of photography and snapped pictures of everything. I photographed surfers, who surfed as well as I wanted to one day, the beach and the ocean, the pine forest and all its wonderful details, and of course, the cutest dog in the whole entire world: Maranga’s own Sophie. Sophie, who was brought from Morocco and who loves posing for my pictures and accompanying me to beach, almost wanting to jump in the water herself. Or maybe she wants to keep me from jumping in – which it is, I’ve never really been able to tell.

Right now, I’m sitting here in France. On the most relaxing terrace that ever was, and that I’ve only ever seen the likes of right here. From here, you have a wonderful view of the surrounding pine forest and you can hear the waves crashing behind the dune. During the day, the guests – exhausted from their surf sessions – laze about here, reading, sleeping, reflecting on the day’s events. Tonight, we’ll all be eating together – top-chef Leandro will be serving us home-made lasagna and salad. The guests will be excited to still their hunger, they’ll philosophize about surfing, complain about their sore muscles, proudly point out their tan-lines, discuss the on-going surf contest, and cheers to the good life. This evening we’ll be heading to the beach to watch that red fireball descend once again behind the horizon. At a much later hour we’ll all be dropping off to bed – but, we’ll see each other again the next day, on our boards in the water.

Here’s to our friendship with Maranga, surfing and the ocean.

 

What else do I do? Photography & Travel-blog
I work as a freelance photographer (www.alena-zielinski.com) in Germany and abroad. I live in Hamburg, but my job keeps me moving almost all the time. I’ve been employed by publishing houses, hotels, PR-agencies, I memorialize events like weddings, and I work in a photo studio.

Reiseblog: Alena im Wadi Rum/ Jordanien

Travel-blog AlenaOnTour
Photography and travel stories have become my speciality. The road is always calling out to me, whether in a professional or non-professional capacity, and of course, my camera is my constant companion. On my travel-blog I share my experiences: www.AlenaOnTour.com

Here, I write about my travel experiences, exciting encounters, culinary highlights, insider tips, and everything that moves me. Naturally, you can also read all about my adventures with Maranga Surf & Travel, like these: Endless summer in SeignosseRestaurant tips or trips to San Sebastián.

A heartfelt Goodbye to Swiss-Chris – closing out Surfvilla season 2016…

A wonderful and long Surfvilla-summer is over…this realization hit us almost painfully as we said our good-byes to our last guest yesterday: CHRIS. You were here with us for a total of almost 3 months. You were our first guest in May, and you felt so comfortable that you spontaneously decided to extend your stay until the beginning of July. After a few weeks in Northern Spain you returned to us at the end of September.
We have so many great memories with you: watching the exciting matches of the European football championships, eating seafood at „Chez Minus“, jam sessions at Coolin, great trips to San Sebastian and Biarritz, Quicksilver Pro Contest parties in Hossegor, the visit of the Swiss school class, lazy-Sunday-afternoon-woodgolf, sunsets on the beach, early-bird surf sessions, and many, many hours spent together in the line-up.
You were a source of calm, so cheerful and positive, and always so sincerely delighted about the food we prepared We are so happy that you kept us company all the way to the end of the season.
We hope you have a wonderful winter season in Laax and would be more than delighted, if we could see you again next spring.

Thank you for all the wonderful times – Bye Chris…

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE 2016…

…the excitement is slowly beginning to set in 🙂

There’s barely a week left until the surf pros start pouring in to our home-spots in Hossegor and Seignosse.

On October 4th, the 9th stop of the WSL Tour 2016 in Hossegor will officially kick off. The more-than-suspenseful contest in Trestles, California mixed up the rankings quite a bit, so that we now have some unexpected contenders in the race for the world title. Matti Wilkinson, who in the past made waves with his crazy/funny wetsuit outfits, wasn’t so lucky with the real waves this time and lost his yellow lycra to JohnJohn Florence. The reigning Hossegor champion – Gabriel Medina – is 3rd, and the “greatest surfer of all time” and our personal secret hero, Kelly Slater, really climbed the ranks. After an unusually rocky season start, he has managed to fight his way to 5th place with a win in Teahupo’o, Tahiti and various other passable performances. We’re also rooting for all the Frenchmen and Frenchwomen competing!!!

It goes without saying, that we’re especially excited to see the Girls, who are currently duking it out in Cascais, Portugal, shred it up over here as well. Last year’s Hossegor champion Tyler Wright has already won 4 contests and is currently at the top of the Jeep Leader’s Ranking with 53.000 points. Courtney Conlogue is the only one left in a position to take the yellow shirt from her, and that only if she wins Hossegor.

The MSW Wave-Forecast for next week does indeed look very promising, and so, as every year, we are so happy to be able to attend this amazing event that takes place right in front of our doorstep. Life at the Surfvilla will once again be all about the contest: from breakfast to sunset we will be living and breathing the Quiksilver Pro – never missing a heat (if we can’t be there in person we’ll be watching the livestream), cheering, taking photos, passing our days in the front row on the beach, and spending the nights celebrating our favorites – and anyone else who caught our eye – while partying in Hossegor. Is there a better way to close out this amazing summer of 2016? We think not.

So, see you here?!?

GOOD NEWS 2016

Dear Villa-Chilla Friends,

Winter has barely begun, but already we have some good news for the summer of this new year 2016: the French airline ASL has added three direct connections from Germany to France to its program. Starting this May, there will be a flight from Hamburg Fühlsbüttel to BORDEAUX twice a week, always on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and it only takes 2:10h! The prices are very affordable and you get 15kg of luggage free, which means that you can even pack your wetsuit.
We’re very excited about this new, fast, and cheap arrival option for all of our Northern friends visiting the Surfvilla, who until now have had the longest journey here.
There’s reason to rejoice for our Austrian friends as well: ASL is also adding a direct flight from Vienna to Bordeaux!
Until the end of April, Lando and Artti will be running things in Taghazout, and then, starting from May, the Villa-Chilla will be ready and awaiting your arrival.
We can’t wait to spend a beautiful summer with all of you in our much-loved Surfvilla in Seignosee! See you soon!

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This year our favorite event is taking place a bit later than usual. Nevertheless, it’s still a great reason to come down and visit the Atlantic! Fenning, Medina, Slater, Smith, and many more will be here again.

The Villa is still open and we will be going to the beach every day to see the pros in their element. Ask about availabilities under info@maranga.de.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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SEIGNOSSE ESTAGNOTS…

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This year the ASP circus set up camp between “Cul Nus“ and Estagnots. It is here, that contest director Alain Rious sees the most promising conditions for the approaching swells. As always, Quiksilver will remain mobile in order to be able to relocate quickly, just in case the currents change. If it turns out that Le Penon will have better conditions, we might be lucky enough to have the contest take place right on our doorstep again this year.

But no matter the exact location, the first heats have already been decided, the wildcards are nominated, and the Girls already had their 2nd layday today…Tomorrow is the official start of the QuikPro France 2014, and we are as excited as ever to be a part of this annual spectacle. We can’t wait to watch the world’s surfing elite duke it out on our hometown beaches, right in front of our very eyes.

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QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE 2014 in Hossegor

JordySmith (320x213)QuikPRO_Blog2Just as we were beginning to catch our breath after the exciting Lower Trestles finale between Jordy Smith and John John Florence, the preparations for the QUIKPRO in Hossegor were already in full swing.
The incredible images of gigantic barrels from the ASP stop in Tahiti are still fresh on our minds and we’re still reeling from the many late nights we spent, watching with jaws dropped and goosebumps, as Kelly and Co. racked up scores in the 9s one after another.
The last event in California just came to a close, but in a few days’ time the ROXY and QUIKSILVER PRO will already be kicking off here in Hossegor.
In the meantime we’re going to get in the spirit of things by re-watching our favorite moments from 2012 and 2013 and praying that the waves and weather align to deliver us that usual dynamite atmosphere on the beach. We’re pretty sure we’re going to start seeing some pros in the line-up very soon, and starting Thursday we’ll hopefully be saying: IT’S ON!!!!!!!! And VIllA-CHILLA will be there, live…

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WELLENVERLIEBT…

The German language is known for its ability to create compound words that encapsulate a very specific meaning. Take for example the word wellenverliebt. It combines the noun “wave” – Welle – with the adjective verliebt, to be in love, thus creating the meaning “to be in love with waves”, or to put it more simply: a wave-lover!

Wave-lover is a descriptor that probably applies to all our guests – seeing that they choose to spend their vacations chilling and surfing with us as the Maranga Surfvilla – but it applies especially to Manuel and Kristin from Munich, who arrived today to stay with us for a 3rd time.
These two like a board under their feet at all times: for the most part Manuel and Kristin are“schneeverliebt” or “snow-lovers”. Both are passionate snow-boarders that would usually spend every free minute up in the mountains, but ever since their first surf vacation they’ve also become wellenverliebt – at least in the summer.

Born from this new love is their label “wellenverliebt” which boasts a choice collection of tops, t-shirts, and hoodies for men and women. Each design is lovingly screen-printed by hand onto the garments, which were also chosen with care in regards to sustainability. The t-shirts are mostly made out of organic cotton and sourced exclusively from companies that adhere to Fairtrade standards.
This year again we have received a sample from the latest collection. Thank you, Kristin and Manuel! We hope you have a glorious winter season, full of sun and fresh powder snow, and maybe we’ll see you again in the line-up next summer, as in love with waves as ever!
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