It’s 9AM on a Sunday in late December of 2020, at the Huveaune Beach in Marseille, just a stone’s throw from the city’s famous Prado Beach. The Mediterranean, with its comparatively low tidal ranges, is not usually considered a good place to surf – Atlantic beaches in the northern region of Brittany or in the southern reaches of French Basque Country are the most popular surf spots in France. Quentin, a young private security guard, moved down from northern France for work and was soon bitten by the surfing bug. These spots aren’t for newbies – in some areas near Marseille where the coast is rocky, the waves can be pretty powerful. “This winter, you almost couldn’t surf at all [in Marseille],” Edouard says of the sport’s boom in popularity there.