Why Morocco should be your next Surf Holiday Destination by Robbie
Hey there! If you haven’t met me already, my name is Robbie and I’ve been working for Star Surf Camps for nearly 7 years now. Between running our summer surf camp recruitment and hosting University groups on Fuerteventura, you’ll most likely have seen me managing our summer surf camp in Moliets.
It’s been a pretty magical few years for me. This time of year, alongside reflecting on summer memories and making preliminary plans to improve our surf camps for 2019, I’m also looking for new destinations to surf and explore, making the most of the quieter weeks before Christmas. That’s why last week, I was lucky enough to check out one of our Star Surf Camps’ partner surf camps in Morocco.
Morocco has always been a surf destination I’ve been wanting to check out. Working among surfers day in day out, I’ve heard plenty of stories about the Moroccan shores: Empty line ups, long point breaks, sheltered spots, perfect waves for intermediate surfers were certainly a strong draw. As I had never been outside of Europe before (unbelievable, I know!), I was certainly up for the adventure.
Much more than just camels, rugs and tagines
Star Surf Camps’ Partner Surf Camp in Morocco is situated on the famous Taghazout Bay in a small surf town called Tamraght. Unlike the well-known, tourist hot-spot Taghazout, Tamraght offers a much more cultural, clean and relaxing atmosphere and, most importantly, is in a great spot for surfing.
Our Surf House in Morocco is a pretty impressive modern, 3-floor Moroccan-style villa with spacious communal living areas, thoughtfully decorated bedrooms and a panoramic roof terrace with unreal views, perfect for sunset beers and yoga sessions. Entertainment at the surf house in Morocco is always on point with beer pong and table tennis tournaments for the busy bees and movie nights for those days when you’re just totally surfed out. Another favourite among the surf holiday guests is the lovely surf camp dog, Shine, who is always on hand to lift the mood. One of my personal favourites to the surf house is the onsite chef, Ali. Daily, he prepares breakfasts, lunches and dinners, plus some additional afternoon treats for when you come back from surfing. Ali is local to Morocco’s west coast and has some great Moroccan specialities up his sleeve. This is especially handy as you get to try traditional Moroccan dishes without the hassle of trying to find clean, trusted venues to eat at after a long day surfing.
Being someone who loves to surf, but doesn’t necessarily get to surf every day, naturally, I was keen to surf as much as possible during my time at the surf camp in Morocco. When surfing, I was pleasantly surprised at how warm the water is. In october, you are perfectly fine in a 2mm short sleeve wetsuit although the locals wear boots. I guess being English , I’m used to much colder temperatures. I found the Moroccan waves to be perfect for intermediate surfers and felt my surfing improve immensely on some of the longest rides of my life. There is also something quite special about being served fresh mint tea or coffee by locals when first coming out of the water. Our surf house manager, Reda, has quite a huge selection of surfboards you can try out and, as a dedicated surf guide, he happily takes you to the surf spots that work best on each day. The surf team are a key part of your surf holidays. They join us for our dinners, are keen to make sure you have a great time inside and out of the water. They also lead day trips to places like Paradise Valley and the famous Souk Market in Agadir.
While I was staying at the surf house in Morocco, I had the pleasure of meeting the “Nordic Wake Girls,” a group of 18 girls surf holidaying in the surf camp. The group kindly took me under their wings, giving me the chance to experience my surf holidays as both a single surf traveler and from a group perspective. As a group of friends surfing together, the highlights were definitely coming together for the sunrise and sunset yoga sessions on the roof terrace, the social dinners and whatever evening entertainment followed on from them. When you visit Reda for your surf holidays, two things are certain: you’ll always have a fridge full of beers and smile on your face.
To cut a long story short, Morocco is much more than just camels, rugs and tagines. It offers the perfect surfing holidays whether you’re travelling on your own or as a group. There’ll be no dull moments when meeting like-minded people from all over the world sharing surfing story. All that remains to say is a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Reda, Shine and the rest of the Morocco Surf House Team who made for a great surf holiday in Morocco.
Until next time which hopefully will be soon!
Robbie & the Star Surf Camps Team