Morocco is the land of right hand point breaks, minimal rain and mint tea. It’s a £60 return flight from London, cheap as chips out there and did I mention the reeling right hand points? It’s basically a Surfers’ Paradise, but it’s not until you physically get there and see it in the beautiful sunshine that you appreciate how incredible the place it.
I woke up on Sunday 24th Nov, one year closer to the big Three O, looked off the balcony at the world famous Ankor Point, stretched, smashed a wholesome breakfast at the Taghazoute Villa Cafe, drove the terribly lazy kilometre to the wave and gave my land-locked legs a much appreciated 2 hour workout. Happy Birthday me.
The next few days were very similar; breakfast at 7am, surf, lunch, surf, chill, yoga at 6pm, dinner at 8pm, bed for 10. Rock and roll.
There was a good swell for the first three days and I grew fond of a quieter, shorter, faster right hand point break 25mins up the coast called Boilers. The wave has a pretty easy take off, goes hollow and shallow one minute, then has a nice carveable wall the next. I went to check it on the fourth day and the swell had died and the tide was too high…
So instead of heading to Agadir to get some beers and work on my bar bronze (the closest place to Taghazoute that sells alcohol) Jasmine and I decided to take the car along the coastal road and see if there were and swell magnets picking up more surf than Taghazoute.
The next few days were an awesome mix of adventure, near-fatal car crashes (careful of the buses who own the roads), tea, souks, fresh fish cooked on tagines, goats in trees, stray camels, left hand wedges, fun France’esque beach breaks, swimming in fresh water pools, jumping off waterfalls and all round good times. The fact that the swell had died, meaning the world famous rights of Taghazoute weren’t working, didn’t dishearten us, it made the holiday better! It was more adventurous and felt great driving along the open roads seeing the sights and feeling as though we were stepping back in time.
I’m going to round this blog up naming and shaming the spots mentioned so any Errant Surf Travellers in Morocco, who find themselves in a similar situation, can share the amazing experience we did. Also, we didn’t exactly find these special places, the guys at Surf Maroc and Surf Berbere were great in sharing the local knowledge respectfully. Cheers Guys, I’ll definitely be back. I also want to mention that although we were travelling independently in our own hire car, we bumped into familiar faces from the Villa who were on surf camp packages and enjoying similar adventures in minibuses. Their groups were split into abilities and they travelled up to 150km hunting for waves that suited the group. The team on the group run a well oiled ship out there! Check out our Morocco surf packages here.
Max’s top tips for Morocco:
Surf Anchor Point and Killer Point if they are breaking – even at 2ft, they are world class waves and great to tick off the list. I also found that Killers was really fun at shoulder to head high. The paddle back out is hectic though so keep on top of your surf fitness before you head out there.
Book a full surf package – The food included is great out there and you get taken to the best waves for your ability – you won’t be chucked in with a bus full of beginners if you rip. The guys know the quietest beaches in the area as well. Failing that get the guys to organise a hire car for you and go explore…
Don’t be a sheep – There are literally miles of coast and on the way to Boilers one morning we decided to stop and check why there was no one surfing what looked like a perfect beachie. There was no reason so I had it to myself. A similar situation happened at La Source, a playful right hand point break just before Killers. A left hand wedge was breaking before the right and had no one on it. Again there was no reason except for ‘sheep mentality’ so I surfed it to myself.
It is never flat – Tamri, 30mins north of the Taghazoute Villa ALWAYS has a wave, which is fun and reminded me of France when it was a little bigger, it can get crowded though, but the beach is long enough with plenty of peaks. Tiznit, the other side of Agadir also seemed to have a wave when magicseaweed was saying 0-1ft. There was also no one in, I mean literally empty.
Soak up the culture – Essaouira, 2 hours north of Taghazoute is a fishing town built between fortified walls with heaps of culture. It feels almost French, but when you enter the walls, it’s definitely Moroccan with narrow alleyways, the smells of fish and sea air mixed with the aroma of spices, which apparently drive the hundreds of local cats wild, the sound of drums and Gnawa singing. An incredible place. It also has waves…
Take a camera – GOATS IN TREES
Hope this tips help, feel free to tweet me any questions. Max
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View from the villa –
Sweet Mint Tea is a daily ritual (40p a pot) –