100 seasons of experience!

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Paul Catalano

The waterman

Since 2007

Graduated from the state patent of sports educator surfing the seas and that of alpine skiing in 2003.

Trained to welcome people with disabilities.

He's the boss, he's nice. Curious and passionate, he organizes the school in a family and innovative spirit.

Creator and organizer of events, ddeveloper of new nautical activities in the Arcachon basin, he always has a new challenge in mind.

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Since 2011

State patent graduate sports educator  surfing the seas in 2002.

Julien, manager of the Blue vibes school in Guadeloupe, his pedagogy reflects his way of life and sliding.
It rides any board with style and ease.

 Out of season :
Find him in Guadeloupe where he runs his surf school: www.bluevibesurf.com

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The SUP’ER woman

Since 2014 

CQP canoe & kayak graduate and federal stand up paddle instructor in 2021.

Paul's right-hand man since 2014, in charge of the secretariat; she is responsible for the stand up paddle and pirogue at Les Arbousiers.

She will introduce you to paddle sports with a smile and a good mood.

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Sylvain Langlet

El sympatico

Since 2015

Graduated from the state patent of sea surfing sports instructor in 2007.

Sylvain, of a joyful, attentive and diligent nature, he guides you to the ocean and the basin with pleasure.

Good surfer and assiduous competitor in bodyboarding, his eternal smile will make you happy for the day.

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Baptiste Tachouere

The pedagogue

Since 2017

Graduated from the state patent of sports educator surfing the seas in 2002 and that of BPjeps Wake board / Windsurfing in 2005

Clear instructions and structured sessions, Baptiste is also very enthusiastic to provide you with sensations that you will never forget.

He can put you back at the peak without a lane gate!



  • 2003 : Paul Catalano becomes the first Arcachonnais to double state patent for sea surfing and alpine skiing.
  • 2005 : Sylvain Langlet becomes the first bodyboarder in the basin to surf Pipeline (the mythical wave of'Hawaii) in comptitle.
  • 2007 : Surf en Buch becomes the firstère surf school of the basin to be itinerant until Biscarrosse and the firstre ecole to use foam boards only.
  • 2008 : Surf en Buch becomes the firstère Paddle school of the basin.
  • 2012 : Surf en Buch becomes the firstère Paddle school to have a local on the South Basin. Creator of the first events around the " Stand Up Paddle ».
  • 2013 : Surf en Buch becomes the firstère school practicing giant paddle in Biscarrosse, La Salie and the Basin.
  • 2015 : Surf en Buch becomes the firstère surf school in France to distribute level medals as well as to use a 20-seater bus to transport its students.Eves
  • 2017 : Oriane Valora intègr the firstèfederated Paddle instructor retraining. Paul first foiler on the Basin and Biscarrosse.
  • 2018 : Surf en Buch becomes the first school to teach on La Limite beach.
  • 2020 : Creation of day camp surfing, use of a coach.

To respect the environment

Since our beginnings, we have been sensitive to environmental problems, we try to be part of a process of sustainable development,, we have always favored quality brands such as X Cell since 2007 and now O'neill to have combinations that last over time. We work as much as possible with French brands that pay attention to the environment, for example on the stand up paddle, we are equipped with Nahskwell Breton brand that manufactures its boards in Tunisia (almost all the other brands do it in China), we are developing a partnership with Starboard which has a big environmental approach.

We are supporters of home made“, we made our own canoe with friends, the Arbousiers hut is the fruit of local craftsmen, artists and friends.

We make our students aware of environmental issues, we insist on waste collection, we offer them eco-responsible sunscreens, we educate surf camp participants through workshops. During our paddle events the local association “Damnatur” was present.

We use a coach to transport our students, a 55-seater vehicle, allows us to greatly limit journeys, moreover the coach is equipped with the system AD Blue which makes the exhaust harmless to the environment.

Since our creation we have been partners and have donated a small part of our turnover with “Surfrider Foundation Europe” and “1% for the Planet”.

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One Session One waste

On each session we encourage our students to bring back a piece of waste, the goal is to create a simple reflex:

“I see waste, I pick it up.”

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Green Bush

Sensitive to the impacts of sunscreens on the marine environment, we provide our students with sunscreen without chemical filters, a natural and mineral product that preserves the oceans, corals in particular.

Our ecological and also educational approach through our events at Les Arbousiers, awareness during sessions and via social networks:


In 2019, we chained 7 posts on sand consumption, you will find them all on our Facebook page

#sand #commodity #rare #7: ADUFU: conservation of the user forest and management of a natural cycle. https://fb.watch/cS8Bw4ZAw2/

#sand #commodity #rare #6: Getting bogged down what to do.

#sand #commodity #rare #5: Concreting = flooding.

#sand #commodity #rare #4: Oysters: local and natural solution to make an aisle!

#sand #commodity #rare #3: Sand is harvested from rivers and collected offshore in the ocean, so it no longer feeds beaches like it used to.

#sand #commodity #rare #2: The Decathlon car park, surely the most responsible car park in the Sud Bassin. https://fb.watch/cS8yYXids_/

#sand #commodity #rare #1: Rare commodity post objectives

Our story

Surfing in Buch Arcachon La Teste de Buch

Created in 2007, Surf en Buch is the surf school country of Buch. We are present in the southern municipalities of the Bassin d'Arcachon, ie Arcachon, La Teste de Buch, Gujan Mestras and Le Teich and also in Biscarrosse.

From its first year of existence, Paul Catalano and his surf school have received local support. Benjamin Cuvelier, then manager of the reference surf school “Surf Découverte” in the Arcachon basin, Surf Découverte, sold his clientele to Paul.

In 2007 and 2008, Paul held all the roles of the school : monitor, driver, secretary, etc… Already, driving a 9-seater minibus, he picked up his students in the towns of Arcachon and La Teste de Buch as well as in Pyla sur Mer

From 2008, he developed stand-up paddle practice by initiating his students and sharing the excursions he first made solo. Since then, the “paddle” has been very popular and the range of services for this popular activity has been expanded and structured within the school.

In 2011, after 3 years of administrative procedures, the town hall of Arcachon awarded us a local on the Arbousiers beach in Arcachon.

Surfing is our biggest passion and will remain the main activity of the surf school. We welcome people from all nationalities, all ages and all levels. Our lessons are made up of groups of a maximum of 8 people and always on a spot adapted to your level.

We also offer special courses for children and .

The Polynesian canoe is our third activity, since the purchase of an OC 2 two-seater competition canoe. This perfectly gliding canoe is nevertheless very unstable. We therefore lacked a tool to allow the general public to discover this nature-friendly sport: a canoe accessible to all.

So in 2014 we built ourselves a 4-seater Tahitian type canoe. This beautiful adventure lasted 3 months and today we have a navigable canoe with paddle, sail and kite. We also bought a giant paddle to play in the waves and on the pool.

En 2015, we acquired a bus with about 20 seats, produced our own stand up paddle and surf boards and of course and always shared our passions.

En 2018, we have finally found the spot that matches our name. We spent the summer on the limit spot; magnificent and wild, it can be reached after a nice walk in the woods and just to the south of the town of La Teste de Buch.

En 2020, we have created the concept of day surf camp, a whole day at the beach with a surf lesson and entertainment for children over 9 years old. Conviviality and surf spirit guaranteed.

En 2021, we bought a 2nd 4-seater canoe from Hawaii.