How time flies, he thinks, as he describes what it was like to visit Hossegor for the first time in the 1980s. For decades he was a Volkswagen microbus fan – the first time he came in a T2, then in a T3, T4 and T5 with his family. “I’m pleased that I’ve been able to carry on the tradition this long with my sons,” he says. With the help of the T5 his eldest son even managed to make it onto the German national surfing team. The bus was a training camp on wheels, from which he could prepare for the world championships in the fall and over Easter. Always here, behind this dune or the hidden sand banks to the north, lined by dense pine forests and long unpaved roads. At the end of days spent in the sea, they would sit around a campfire on folding chairs while beans and spaghetti simmered in a pot over the glowing coals. The good old days have acquired even more of a sheen in their memories over the years. Even though they all know and agree that the new Sharan has made their vacations a good bit better still.
A lot of space, thanks to EasyFold
The Sharan is a true all-rounder, he says. By which he means it is incomparably more compact and agile than the bus he used to drive, while still offering an astonishing amount of space for everyone and everything. And in different constellations as needed. He and his sons find the EasyFold seating system especially useful every day in Hossegor. Folding the two back rows down into the floor increases total cargo space to more than 2,400 liters in a snap, which is more than enough for four sets of surfing equipment. The all-wheel drive has saved them on various occasions from getting stuck in the sandy terrain of the Atlantic coast. And for the four men with all their surfing gear, being able to open the two sliding doors simply by pressing a button on the B column is quite a useful thing.