Sea walks in France: sport for body and soul

The water ‘sport’ of longe-côte is gaining popularity in many coastal areas of France. But just what is it?

You may not have heard of the coastal ‘sport’ of Longe-Côte, but you will find more than 100 clubs dotted across French resorts by the North Sea, English Channel, Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

It consists of walking in the sea with the water coming up to a level between the hips and sternum.

It is practised all year round, even in the north, with wetsuits in winter, and has evolved to become both an amateur pursuit and a competitive sport which saw the 5th Championnat de France de Longe-Cô ...

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