Morocco: Central Morocco
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LowPressure Stormrider Surf Guide says
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.
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Condition descriptions provided by the Operator
Imsouane: The Point/Bay
The Imsouane Pointbreak is one of the longest rights Morocco has to offer. On good days the 700m waves takes you to the last beach of the bay. A little extra: the wave works over sandy bottom.
The wave works best at low tide and shows the best of its skills during low spring tide. The spot needs really big swell to work at high tide.
The wide N to ZW swell window picks up lots of available swell. The waves wrap around the reeflike peninsula and enter the bay as clean waves. When other spots in this part of Morocco can’t handle the big and heavy NW swell, the bay is still surfable.
Going in and out of the water couldn’t be easier. You can walk and peddle out protected by the harbour wall. On bigger days you can jump of the reef behind the wall where the currents in the deeper water suck you towards the peak.
The only downside you might encounter are the rips near the peak. Don’t worry they will only take you inside the bay. You need to peddle a little to stay in place, but as soon as you catch a nice wave you get a nice long ride to the beach. Just take a walk back to the harbour wall and go for another ride. At low tide you just walk on the sand, if you plan on surfing longer untill incoming tide, you might want to wear booties to walk on the rocks.
The best wind direction for the Point is NE, even when the stronger N-winds start blowing because of the heat, the spot is sheltered and still receives clean waves. After heavy storms the bank can be pretty steep providing some hollow sections along the wave. If you combine this with spring tide you get one of those magic days. If the bay is loosing its pump due to incomming tide, you might want to check out la Cathédrale.
Imsouane: La Cathédrale
La Cathédrale is a westerly oriented bay, it always catches a bit more swell but is less sheltered from the winds. The spot works best from early mid to early high tide and from dropping hightide to early low tide. This makes it a spot that works pretty often.
- The wave starts working from the rocky point and runs along the sandy beach. You might encounter some rocks but it’s only a 1% chance.
- The point works best with 1,5m swell and holds up to 3m max. To peddle out stay close to the rocks and the current will suck you out.
- At hightide the same bay offers a nice beachbreak in the center of the bay near Planet Surf and near the rivermouth (that hardly ever has water runing) .
- The south side of the bay offers a small fast reefbreak.
- The ideal wind direction is E. N and NW winds provide choppy waves!
- At low tide check the Point.