Moroccan Surf Adventures Explorer Tour

Morocco

Unique adventures, unlimited surf and empty 1001 waves on this all inclusive Moroccan road trip.

 LowPressure’s Stormrider Surf Guide says

Taghazout, Morocco, Africa

Despite its North African location, Morocco is very much a part of the European surf trail. Located between 20° and 35° latitude with a NW facing coastline, Morocco has all the key elements for an outstanding surf destination. The Tarhazoute area in the south nestles behind a big cape, which funnels the predominant north winds into an offshore direction. The spots are all easily accessible by road with the waves generally breaking right over flat rock and sand. With balmy winter land temperatures, cheap living and a fascinating cultural diversity, Morocco is a must for the European surf traveller.

Taghazout has enjoyed legendary status for decades, as a place to escape the winter blues and surf the great pointbreaks clustered around the famous Anchor Point. Known as 'Madraba' in Arabic and called 'Ikhflout' in the local Berber tongue, Anchors (or Ankas) has the ability to hold huge size and break down the perfectly angled headland for over a kilometre. The warm, green walls are powerful yet accessible to intermediates and provide a relatively safe environment for less accomplished surfers to improve their pointbreak skills, at least when it is small. Just to the north, past the reefs of Mysteries and La Source is another great, righthand pointbreak called Killers. It is this concentration of quality that has attracted surfers to this mellow fishing town, which is now showing the signs of development and ever increasing numbers of surfers and surf camps. There are more waves in town like Hash Point and Panoramas, then miles of beginner beachbreak running south to Banana Village at Tamrhakht. A few reefs, including a rare left, complete the picture towards Agadir, where there are more local surfers. Winter is the only time to go because the bigger swells are needed to get into the series of headland protected bays that make this area so good. Anchor Point often sleeps from April to October, although Killers will break on much smaller swells. The N/NE winds get bent and funnelled offshore by the coastal ranges, but in summer there are more NW onshore winds to contend with.

Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide website.

 

Central Morocco, Morocco, Africa

From El Jadida south, the Central Morocco coast becomes increasingly rugged with more cliffs and headlands and a far greater variety of waves. The northwesterly aspect catches all available swell but the year-round northerly wind flow can blow it out easily. Highlights include the many possibilities along the coast road from El Jadida, through Oualidia and on to Safi, where the first classic, Moroccan righthand points begin. Safi’s ‘Garden’ has been transformed from localised semi-secret spot into the government sponsored “Surfing Park Sidi Bouzide”. The main highway heads inland from Safi and rejoins the coast in Essaouira, the famous hippie town that Jimi Hendrix tried to buy in the late ‘60s. The town is now favoured by windsurfers, because this area suffers from strong cross-shore winds, but there are a few waves around and a good beginners’ beach as well. The coastline between Essaouira and Cap Rhir hides many quality reefs, points and beachbreaks, which receive more swell than further south, but also more wind. It’s a wild stretch with poor roads leading into tiny fishing villages, although development has already come to Immesouane and the freecampers will soon have to share with the tourists when the new beachfront hotel is built. Although Tamri and Boilers are essentially part of the Taghazout scene, which is only half an hour’s drive away, they still benefit from the far better swell exposure that the central coast enjoys. When Killers is struggling to break, Boilers is often head high and Tamri will be even bigger. There’s more to find in this area for those willing to look around. Central Morocco is a halfway house between the summery north and the wintery south. Any time from autumn to spring should provide the conditions to ride the headland-protected pointbreaks and get some exposed beach/reef action. It all depends on the strength and direction of the wind because swell size should be no problem.

Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide website.

 

Southern Morocco, Morocco, Africa

There can be few harsher places on the planet than Southern Morocco where the Sahara desert meets the Atlantic. Stretching for 600kms from Agadir to the disputed border with Western Sahara and then another 800kms down to Mauritania, this is a large, empty wilderness. Surfing locations are dictated by where the roads hit the coast at towns like Sidi Ifni, Tan Tan, Tarfaya and Dakhla. The coast faces due NW and has little problem picking up swell, but it really does suffer from strong, northerly trades, especially from spring to autumn. Morning offshores are a possibility but the land heats up so quickly there is only a couple of hours’ window to surf before the sea breezes blow onshore. Sidi Ifni is in easy striking distance from Agadir and has some good waves, although pollution can destroy the experience. Down the 4x4 tracks to the south there are a few fickle points to be found but travelling times are long, roads and maps are often confusing and finding these breaks is a real mission. Things get even more difficult as the main road heads inland and trackless desert falsely promises to reveal the coast over the next rise. Also, long tranches of coast are sea cliffs and have no access to the sea. Not for the unprepared or faint-hearted. From the border of Western Sahara down to Dakhla, the road shadows the coast, but the Canary Isles effectively block most of the NW swell from this stretch. Dakhla has a range of reefs and beaches and is the most accessible surf along this desert coast. Once again, winter is the go for many reasons. This area is a long way from the Atlantic storms so it needs the big ones to get going properly. The winds are lightest in winter and hopefully more NE in direction, but most importantly, the land temperatures are bearable in winter, averaging 29ºC in Dakhla as opposed to 39ºC and hotter in summer.

Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide website.

 

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The Surf In Morocco...

There is a very good reason why most of the top professional surfers in the world, when visiting Morocco for work and pleasure choose to stay with Moroccan Surf Adventures. With over a decade guiding in this region there is no one who knows this coastline quite like us. We guarantee to source the best surfing conditions for the individual on a given day, time or tides. With the diversity of the Moroccan coastline and localised winds changing regularly the key is knowledge. Denny, Nigel and the guides are passionate surfers and our philosophy has always been to search further afield for pastures new. On average, even with Morocco’s popularity, we surf alone approximately 70% of the time. There is nothing quite like sharing a beach or surf break with just yourself and your friends. The diversity of our coastline offers us seemingly endless selections of sand covered points, reefs and beach breaks.

The immediate stretch of coast (50km either side of Agadir) to where we are situated, is one of the richest, densely saturated areas of world class surf in the world. This mixed with the quality conditions we receive for over 8 months a year means there is always a wave that can be found, whatever your level of surfing ability. Clean lined up swells make even the hard work of beginning surfing fun and easy. On average, even in this crowded day and age, we surf alone approximately 70% of the time. There is nothing quite like sharing a line up with just you and your mates. For various reasons, and not to state the obvious, we cannot disclose where some of these spots are. We can, however, guarantee that if you stay with us there is a very good chance you may end up surfing one!



The climate in Morocco...

The Agadir region of Morocco is famed for its annual temperate climate and consistent weather patterns.
For the Months of November to April it is recommended that you bring some warm clothing for the evenings however the daytime temperature is  generally a pleasant 16 to 25 degrees. For the surf you will need a 3mm full length wetsuit and Wetsuit boots can be useful if surfing over rocks or reef. Don't forget your sunscreen. For the months of May to October the weather can be really warm indeed. Daytime temperatures will be 25 to 30 degrees. We would still recommend that you bring some warm clothing for the evenings. Many surfers will be wearing short wetsuits and some even in board shorts during the Moroccan Spring/summer/Autumn. Sunscreen is an absolute necessity

 

Surf Spots...

Tamri A friendly beach break suitable for all levels, open to all swells. NEVER GOES FLAT!

Boilers Fast, long right hand point break, very makeable with a great inside barrel section. Is one of our most consistent breaks. It is an intermediate to advanced spot due to the rocks and currents.

Killers Famous sand bottomed right hand point break, speed sections and bowl sections and the odd barrel. This wave has it all, 250m rides are common. Fun inside sections for beginner/intermediate surfers when small. Due to the surrounding hillside the katabatic winds are pretty much offshore 99% of the time, which is perfect as Boilers is a swell magnet.

Anchors Famous sand bottomed right hand point break, speed sections and bowl sections and the odd barrel. Beautiful right hand reef with sand channels, fun & rippable.

Mysteries Beautiful right hand reef with sand channels, fun & rippable.

Devils Rock Peaky beach right in front of our village. Fun for all levels, enjoy a mint tea after a session at the beach side cafe.

Banana Point Mellow right hand point that breaks over sand, long walls perfect for long boarding or cruising.

Wednesdays (11's and 12's): Drive through the local market on a Wednesday & find a mellow left hander or a slightly more challenging right. A short paddle to 11's where there is a great left hand wedge...

plus all the jewels further south that we won't publish but will show you on our Explorer Tour!