” I’m going to learn to surf in Morocco for a week” certainly sounds very adventurous, and it definitely sounds more exotic than sitting on a beach in Spain with every other European. But if you’re new to surfing, what does a surf camp actually involve? And how do you know whether you’d enjoy it?
So in this week’s blog post, I’m going to give you a blow-by-blow account of exactly what a typical day at Original Surf Morocco actually looks and feels like, so you’ll know whether it’s something that you’d like to try or not.
The day starts off at a very relaxing pace; you are on holiday after all. You have plenty of time to meander up to the roof terrace where you’ll get to enjoy stunning views of Morocco’s dramatic Atlantic coastline and the local towns. Breakfast is served at 8.30, and what a treat it is. A buffet of deliciously soft Moroccan bread, eggs, all manner of spreads, pancakes, pain au chocolat, and omelettes cover the tables. The options are endless; unfortunately your stomach is not! A glass of hot, spiced Moroccan coffee or freshly-made green tea with mint should wake you up from your food coma, ready for the big day ahead.
The instructors then help you get suitably suited and booted, before driving you down to one of the many excellent surf spots nearby. They pick the right wave given the conditions and your ability, so you don’t need to worry about being thrown in at the deep end, or having no waves to surf.
Now begins the hard work, 5 hours of surf coaching. This is the time to step up to the plate and be counted. The instructors have many years of experience of turning complete novices into semi-shredders and so you’re in good hands. From stretching, to pop-up practice on the beach, to perfecting your turning technique in the water, they’ve got you covered. A packed lunch and refreshments are also covered, so you can concentrate on becoming the next Kelly Slater or Stephanie Gilmore.
Surfing is utterly exhausting, and muscles that you didn’t even know you had will ache beyond belief. I remember not being able to lift my arms when I started surfing, but that first time that you stand up, or that first turn you make washes away any pain instantly and the feeling is addictive. However, by 4pm, even the keenest among you will be beached on the sand, and so that’s when your day in the waves will end.
After being transported back to the camp, 4pm until 7pm is your down time. Most people use this time to rest and recuperate from the day’s exertions, but there are plenty of activities if you have boundless energy. You can make the most of this rugged stretch of coastline by riding a camel or a galloping horse at sunset, or speeding along on a quad bike if you’re a thrill-seeker. The markets in the local town are also worth a visit.
Whatever you spend your time doing, make sure you’re back by 7pm as you definitely won’t want to miss out on the delicious local dinner, freshly-cooked by professional chefs. Tagines are a Moroccan specialty, but every day there is a different dish to try, and there’s never a shortage of food – even with a lot of hungry mouths to feed!
After dinner you’ll go through the photos of the day’s thrills and spills, and our instructors will give advice on how to improve the following day, and after surf analysis there are games guests can play, or you can enjoy a well-earned beer or two on the terrace. If you still have any energy left you can take a trip into Agadir to sample the local nightlife, but if becoming a pro-surfer is your main aim then it’ll be an early night in preparation for another day of taming the waves.