Connie, Lando & Sophie
This is us from Maranga
We are Connie, Lando & Sophie. Connie is the founder of Maranga. She manages everything in the office and is the first contact person for all questions concerning the camps. In summer she spends most of her time in the surf villa Seignosse with our guests and organizes your surf vacation with the active support of the whole team. Lando has been addicted to surfing for more than 20 years. In summer in France and in winter in Morocco he is at home at all spots. Surfing is his lifeblood and he likes to share his long experience in the waves with you in a cheerful way. He feels especially comfortable in Morocco, loves the country, the people and the good waves in winter. Due to his deep connection with this fascinating country and the sport of surfing, he can not only give you lots of tips about the surf spots, but also give you real insights into the culture. Sophie comes from Morocco and has been a loyal and important companion for the surf instructor for years. On the beach she vehemently guards and defends the “camp”, drives away helicopters, drones and other “troublemakers” and of course wants to be sufficiently praised and cuddled for it.
Founder & Office
Assistant surf instructor
Pia will not only dedicate herself to preparing your varied and healthy breakfast. Four years ago, she completed a 200-hour yoga training (Ashtanga/Vinyasa) in Goa, India. Since then she has been teaching in her own yogaloft and giving sports and relaxation massages. Two years ago, she also discovered her passion for surfing. What better way to combine all this than to spend a summer at the Surfvilla! In addition to her new surfboard, she will of course bring along her much-loved juicer. So you can look forward to healthy and refreshing delicacies alongside balancing yoga and relaxing massages.
Eric was born here in the Landes and his passion besides surfing is Tai Chi. He teaches both with a lot of patience and joy. The gentle movements of Tai Chi are also incorporated into the daily warm-up exercises before surfing. He owes his good knowledge of German to his parents, who both worked as German teachers. During the “winter break”, Eric likes to travel, for example to Indonesia or – as this year – to Senegal. Well rested, he is already full of anticipation for the coming summer and many enthusiastic surf students!
Robert is currently still travelling in Mexico and Guatemala, but is already looking forward to the French Atlantic coast and the summer in the Surfvilla. Here, he takes care of all housekeeping matters and always has a good restaurant or excursion tip ready.
Founder & Office
Assistant surf instructor
From tent camps to our surf house
More than 30 years ago, we travelled to the French Atlantic coast for the first time and got to know and love the endless beaches. The special scent of the pine trees, the constant sound of the waves and the typical background “music” of the cicadas have unfolded all their magic for us. It has become a long love story….
At first, we were able to organise summer surf camps at various campsites in the region for a large tour operator and gain a lot of experience here. The desire for our own permanent domicile grew steadily over the course of this time. So we started our search and exactly 20 years ago founded our heart project “Maranga” – Hawaiian for “come all together”. A house which, with the help and support of many friends and helpers, we were able to turn into a place of well-being. The idyllic, perfect location immediately impressed us: the pine forest begins directly behind the garden fence, the dune shimmers through the treetops and the beach is only a few minutes’ walk away. Et voilà: the MARANGA surf villa was found – as one of the first and still unique surf houses in the region in its location.
Alena & Neckarmedia
Kay & Johannes and the whole Team from Neckarmedia and photographer Alena support us in matters of photography, website and social media.
Kay and Johannes, originally guests at the Surfvilla, founded their own advertising agency a few years ago. Neckarmedia updates and optimises Maranga’s website and social media channels. And when the MSW forecast promises good conditions, Kay likes to pack his surfboard, family and dog into the car to visit us in Seignosse. Johannes and the whole team at Neckarmedia not only take care of our website and social media channels. With his expertise, he also primarily looks after our online office.
Alena was and is always a warmly welcome guest at the Surfvilla. We owe her many beautiful souvenir pictures. She has been working as a freelance photographer in Hamburg for several years and travels the world as a travel journalist. Besides sports photography, her speciality is the “most beautiful day in the life” of many couples: Alena photographs it for you in an unconventional way at unconventional places. “Moin Liebe” is the name of the project and it couldn’t be described more aptly or beautifully, could it?
Kitchen, Yoga, Surf
Diligent Helpers over the past years
Every year, hard-working, surf-enthusiastic helpers support us with all the work that needs to be done in the house and garden. With their dedication and commitment, they make your holiday a carefree, cheerful experience. We would like to thank Artti, Barbara, Luisa, Fabi, Jules, Toni, Jakob, Luis, Arthur, Lukas, Sebastian ….. and all those who have already been involved.