12 Best Surf Spots in Morocco 2017
In Arabic, Morocco is called al-Magrib al-Aqsa, which means “the extreme west,” describing its location in Africa, along the Mediterranean Sea. It has many beautiful spots for sight-seeing and vacations. And if you are a surfer or you think to try to surf keep read on to discover the best surf spots in Morocco. The rich culture full of colors and traditions attracts thousands of tourists every year. In 2016, more than 10 million people visited Morocco. From the Sahara dunes to the cultural bazaars, Morocco is the one of the best places to visit no matter your interests.
Other than breathtaking sights, Morocco also provides amazing opportunities in leisure sports such as golfing, hiking, trekking, fishing, horse riding, and Yoga. The most beloved activity is, without a doubt, surfing. The Taghazout area is particularly famous for its surf spots that welcome surfers from all over the world. The best surfing season is between October and April, with easy waves and less wind.
Talking about the health benefits of surfing, it should be emphasized that it has benefits for the body and the mind. When you paddle, your heart strengthens and your shoulder and back become more powerful. Balancing on the board also improves the leg muscle strength. It is also the one of the best outlets for stress and anxiety. A research showed that surfing has positive effects on social competencies, interpersonal relationships, emotional control, effort and perseverance and other psychological aspects of health. This proves that if you plan to come to Morocco (which you should!), surfing is the most beneficial and adventurous activity for you to pick!
Some surfing terms:
- SWELL SIZE: It is the series of mechanical waves that progress along the water and air interface due to gravity.
- SURF BREAK: A permanent or temporary obstruction that breaks a wave. It can be POINT BREAK, REEF BREAK or BEACH BREAK.
- RIGHT/LEFT HANDEDNESS: It is the direction of the break of the waves, according to the surfer’s view.
There are many surf spots in Morocco. Some of them are ideal for surfers who are taking their baby steps in the learning curve. Some are for professional surfers who need to practice every now and then to refresh their skills.
1. ANCHOR POINT:
It is the most incredible surf spot. It has clean and consistent tides. The tides starts from about 3 feet and go up to 15 feet. The surf break has sand and reef bottom where you can try turns and cover ups. It is a must visit place for everyone who loves to surf.
It is a world famous spot situated only a 100 meters away from Anchor Point surf spot, in the north. It has a reef break as a take off zone. It has various sized tides, which makes surfing more exciting. Its tides can reach up to 250 meters.
- HASH POINT:
It is also located near the Anchor point. It gets its name from the belief that people living near this beach smoke too much hash and thus have no energy left to go to the Anchor Point! It has a faster break point with medium to large swell size. It is a wonderful spot to just sit and relax as well.
This spot gets its name from a shipwreck. You can see the boiler of a boat in the beginning of the wave. This is the one of the most adventurous spots, with difficult tides. It is professionally photographed from people all over the world. If you are a pro in surfing and want to experience the best adrenaline rush, this spot is for you! The waves can be almost 400 meters long and more than 6 feet in height.
This is one of the most visited spots because it is close to the village near Banana Point Break. It is a perfect spot for you if you want to gain confidence and learn surfing by many people around you. It has many diverse waves and low and high tides. The name sounds extremely scary, but people come with their families as this spot feels more comfortable because of its high number of tourist visitors.
It is present right next to the Devil’s Rock. It has a convenient location near Aourir Village. It is also known as Banana Village because of many banana trees, thus giving the beach its name. It has tides suitable for amateurs as well as professional surfers.
- ESSAOUIRA BEACH:
It is the beach to go to if you are beginning your training as a surfer. It has a soft sand bottom with light wind from the north. It is protected by Isle de Mogador island which encircles it fully. It has various swell sizes for you to practice and learn to become a professional surfer.
- SAFI BEACH:
It is located in Essaouira, with two spots for surfing. Both are for professional or expert surfers as it has a sandy, rocky bottom. It is good for testing your skills after you have practiced on the easier beaches.
- THE CATHEDRAL in Imsouane
It has several peaks on the left and right with a swell size of 5-6 feet.
It is one of the most consistent surf spots. It has amazing sand banks and beach breaks. It has different tides for you but all are safe. They give a diversity of practice according to your expertise. It the most beloved spots in Summer. The local surfers enjoy this beach equally as the international visitors
- KILLERS POINT:
It is also one of the most consistent beaches. Its wave is almost 300 meters long. They begin in the north side and go up to right sections. It can be difficult paddling here because of the length but it is a wonderful place to spend a day full of adrenaline rush.
It has an easy location. It has a wave of about 50 meters to 150 metres, making this spot an amazing one for learners and beginners. This beach also has a surf camp and school!