The land of right pointbreaks and dry wind lights up in Winter
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 December, 2017 - When Europe gets slammed by North Atlantic storms during the winter, all that unbridled oceanic energy filters down to Africa’s most northwestern country, Morocco. Look at a map. The country is situated perfectly to catch as much of that swell energy as possible while skirting the storm’s winds and rain.
To surf Morocco is to find a magical land of pointbreaks, especially around the Agadir and Taghazout area. Many travelling surfers will testify that you can still find empty breaks during peak season. Whether this is true or not, you’ll just have to get out and explore on your own. On this subject, let’s check out 6 tips to a good surf trip through Morocco.
1. Visit between October and April when the Northern Hemisphere winter is in full swing and all those North Atlantic storms systems spiral across one of the world’s largest fetches of ocean. All these storms send deep water energy south to Morocco.
2. There are hundreds of spots to surf from Rabat in the north to Agadir, 540 kilometres (340 miles) to the south. The surf spots are far from each other so you’ll need to cover a lot of ground to score. The best way to get out and find a surf spot is to rent a car from a local agency who will point you in the right direction.
3. Go low-profile and stay at an Airbnb instead of a big tourist hotel. Airbnb has become more and more popular for those who chose to surf Morocco, so you’ll find more options than you would have just a couple of years ago. The Airbnb rental prices are lower than most hotels and surf camps.
4. Surf Taghazout. It's the region which is the most consistent surfing area on the Moroccan coastline. The jagged coastline offers a great concentration of high quality waves in close proximity. Surf spots like Imsouane, Ifni and Safi are the main draws.
5. Exchange with local surfers. Every surf spot has its own characteristics and some are quite risky like Safi Beach, so it’s always a good idea to talk to the locals. And don’t worry, surfing in Morocco is still all good vibes without the localism of many U.S. or Australian spots. The Moroccan surfers tend to be open and willing to share their knowledge.
6. Enjoy your time in Morocco doing other things. Yes it’s a surf trip, but the country has such a rich history and culture that checking out the old cities and learning about the Berber culture will create memories just as rich as those epic reeling right point breaks.