Watch: Surfing Morocco

Craig Brokensha
Swellnet Dispatch

As the East Coast continues through the surf doldrums, let's remove ourselves for a couple of minutes and mind surf these pumping windswept pointbreaks. A great little clip showcasing the jewels of Morocco.

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mr mick commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 5:06pm

AAAHHHH Morocco,going back in time, haven't been there....., on the bucket list. Even the tunes seemed to suit.

Mr mick

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crg commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 5:50pm

I'll be back there for at least a month at the end of the year...can't wait!!

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 6:57pm

You had good waves , Crg ?

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crg commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 8:14pm

Only been the once, way back in the mid 90's, mostly around the known spots near Agadir - Killers, Anchor point etc. Got really good waves and it's been on the list to go back forever. Finally locked it in after visiting the wife's family in Italy in October.

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 8:19pm

Sounds unreal.

Waves look very appealing. It’d be interesting to hear back from you regarding the crowds these days. If it’s crowded say it was crowded, if it was unbelievably crowded then say it was unbelievably crowded . If it’s empty then say it was unsurfably overrun with people.

Does that code work for you ?

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crg commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 9:04pm

Haha...yep that's a good code. I'm wondering about the crowds myself but I'll be more mobile and exploring this trip so hoping to find some unsurfably overrun perfection.

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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carpetman commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 11:31pm

I was there a year ago and it was fuck off crowded. Even waves like dracs had 20+ people on it. Drove around for 5 weeks, few hundred Ks north, and a few hundred ks south, possible to get uncrowded waves but, fuck, taghazout was a shit show.

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sharkman commented Friday, 1 Feb 2019 at 6:14am

been in Maroc for 2 weeks , this weekend looks like the points will light up as there is very very big swell coming on Saturday...bit of a crowd , but over 6' its pretty amazing , one of the most beautiful places ever , and people are so damn friendly...bucket list for sure.....

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TobiasK commented Friday, 1 Feb 2019 at 11:05am

I worked there as a surf guide in 2007/2008. Number of people in the crowd were never the issue; the hatred of locals for tourists was.
Every day the locals were picking fights with anyone white. I saw a boogie boarder (who worked at my camp) pull of one of his fins and start hitting an Brit guy over the head for no reason.
I saw a local drop in on an Aussie guy, and when the Aussie guy tried to call him off - ended in a fight on the beach and the Aussie getting chased out of town with a dozen-or-so locals trying to stone him to death.
People got their cars smashed when they didn't buy T-shirts of the local hawker kids...
I escaped any confrontation because (I believe) I was working amongst them, and wasn't just blowing through town. The surf is unbelievable, but often there is a greater price to pay. If you go, stay with one of the bigger reputable camps. They will ensure you stay out of harms way, and they tend to employ the bigger thugs in the area. If you can't beat em, employ em, right?

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sharkman commented Friday, 1 Feb 2019 at 8:18pm

Sounds a bit like Mundaka now , but no agro here , where was the spot you witnessed all of this?

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TobiasK commented Saturday, 2 Feb 2019 at 12:38pm

Anchors is the worst for it.
I had a bit of trouble with some old-boy French locals at Mysteries as well.
Anchors would have to be one of the worlds best waves, but the locals won't let you paddle to the peak - even if it's too big for them to take the peak.
I surfed Anchors at 10ft, and it was perfect! Unbelievably user friendly too. Just a pity the locals hate us.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 7 Feb 2019 at 11:31am

Hey Sharkman - How was Morrocco ?

Get some waves ?

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onthepump commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 3:18pm

Worst agressive locals I’ve encountered as a travelling surfer. That’s at Anchor point but there are other options.

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ringmaster commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 4:20pm

I reckon local crew on Lanzarote would give em' a good run! They were real bad when I was there in the mid 90's (actually burnt some Pommy surfers kombi while he was out surfing for the sole reason that he'd 'been there too long' among many other spiteful acts) so fuck knows how they'd be in 2019.

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inter_webz commented Friday, 1 Feb 2019 at 6:48pm

Just got back a couple weeks ago and the crowds are growing each year. If you're willing to look around and go exploring you're guaranteed to surf empty breaks. Locals are becoming more and more aggro, especially the younger ones.

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memlasurf commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 7:36pm

Rockin the Kasbar that one. Heavy on the outside then a great wall toward the end it looks like. Wonder the WSL have sniffed it out though I suppose Morocco has its share of Allahu Akbar kaboom.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 8:10pm

god that hard offshore texture looks inviting after 3 months of constant onshores.

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Solitude commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 9:32pm

Such an amazing surf destination. Variety too. Plenty of secret spots other than those main points.
Crg- I highly recommend you try and hook up with Moroccan Surf Adventures. Denny is the owner, he was one of the first guys to set a camp up there and knows the place better than anyone.

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Billyw commented Friday, 1 Feb 2019 at 12:20am

cool clip, makes you want to surf.

B Dub

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haggis commented Friday, 1 Feb 2019 at 5:05pm

I went there with some Sicilian mates I met in Sydney in 2000. We stayed in and around Plage des Nations. Vincenzo snapped his only board on the first day and on the second day ended up with gastro for a week. The people there were very friendly and when we ran out of money in the hotel, we stayed with a family in Sidi Bouknadel who looked after us. Every morning they would bake bread in a clay pot in the ground. When we walked to the beach with our boards (it was a long walk), one of them would follow us asking for white goods and books when we returned back to our homes. In the end the father kept dropping hints for one of us to marry his daughter, Milouda. Was a great time, not many tourists in that part and we were treated like royalty. The one thing I remember was how many Eucalypts were there. Just seemed odd - almost like home. The other thing I remember was how many plastic bags were blowing around the country. This video brought back good memories of more adventurous times. Thanks. The one regret is I never went down South to surf those epic point breaks.

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factotum commented Friday, 1 Feb 2019 at 6:10pm

Good hamburgers in Agadir.

No, seriously.

Get toasted and drive there from Taghazout. Pick up a slab too.

And me old mate is in business these days with that Denny fella. Got a new sick looking set-up.

Don't know if this counts as advertising.

Safi locals can get a tad excited too.

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factotum commented Friday, 1 Feb 2019 at 6:16pm

Actually, things can get funky when it rains too!

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clif commented Saturday, 2 Feb 2019 at 2:07am

lots of these types of waves in western sahara. few people. bring water haha

"Don't try. That's very important: not to try." Charles Bukowski

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Älskarhavet commented Saturday, 2 Feb 2019 at 4:18am

Agreed about the crowds. I’ve been over twice in the last couple years and the Euro wannabes seem to have no qualms about dropping in without even looking and then finally pulling off when you’ve called 5 times and the wave is pretty much done. They’re getting better too, even from landlocked countries, Germans for example. The locals are also aggressive as mentioned above and pretty much rule the points. They don’t even look behind. Some heavy dudes too.
But there is some great surf, tasty tagines and pretty cheap living. I’ve had anchors 4 or 5 times pumping, incredible wave if you can get some and over 6ft weeds out the euros generally. Won’t be going back to agadir again but will be exploring elsewhere in the country.
Rubbish everywhere, goats that climb trees, camels on the beach, cave houses, smell of spices in the air, passionate and down to earth people, desert setting. Interesting place!

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CryptoKnight commented Saturday, 2 Feb 2019 at 2:06pm

Get stones gall out of the pacific facto... looks like the place needs a new DJ... and don't tell me he's a 'mmmmmaaaaaayyyyttteee aaayyyeeee'... a 'mmmaaaaayyyyttteee' gone missin'... even down east albany way...

Not that... any fuckin' thing but that...

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factotum commented Saturday, 2 Feb 2019 at 10:17pm

DJ Gull was just in the desert. Flying in, wigging out. B.I.T now.

East of Albany. Hahahaha.

Jesus wept.

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CryptoKnight commented Saturday, 2 Feb 2019 at 10:46pm

Come to think of it facto, Europe's not ready for azza 2. But I got plans for young stones elsewhere... new reef shudderers...

Yeh, tears of laughter. On loop...y

Gotta hand it to ya. This said it all... in a nutshell...

I like it!!!

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factotum commented Saturday, 2 Feb 2019 at 11:34pm

Blow out

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Blowin commented Sunday, 3 Feb 2019 at 12:18pm

Christ , you two are like the Swellnet Mean Girls. It’s cute the way you reassure each other.

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factotum commented Sunday, 3 Feb 2019 at 12:27pm

Handbag alert!!!!

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Blowin commented Sunday, 3 Feb 2019 at 1:34pm

Lifty cum in you , you cum on floor....was beautiful.

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factotum commented Sunday, 3 Feb 2019 at 4:09pm

Now THAT is just creepily weird.

Seriously.

Yikes!!!!!!!!

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Blowin commented Sunday, 3 Feb 2019 at 4:32pm

Hangover 2.

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Blowin commented Sunday, 3 Feb 2019 at 1:35pm

Morocco, huh ?

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tux commented Monday, 4 Feb 2019 at 2:42pm

Spent 6 weeks there at the end of 2000 surfed all the way down from Casablanca to Agadir....we had good to great waves every day of the trip from pumping 10ft anchors to a mystery left that was easily the same quality as lances in indo...yes we did get our hire car bogged a lot....but there were fuck all people once you moved away from the spots in the stormriders guide

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cswells commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 12:05pm

I was in Tagazhout back in September / October last year with a mate for a surf trip. We knew we were going early in the season, but crossed our fingers regardless.

Unfortunately, the swell didn’t arrive – Anchor Point was flat, we ended up only getting to surf a beach break 45 minutes up the road called Tamri (fyi, mid-tide is the sweet spot), and 2ft boilers on low tide. By far the glassiest place I’ve ever surfed though, but the onshore breeze comes in early while due to the heat. Water was surprisingly warm, I took my 4/3 which was way too thick for that time of year – could easily surf in boardshorts.

In regards to the vibe, I can’t say I was the biggest fan of the locals in all honesty.. sketchier than I expected and a lot seem want to get something from you if you’re a tourist (which most people in Tagazhout clearly are). Just be smart, and (as you should anyway) always respect the locals. But, the place we stayed at had an incredible host – Rachid at Africa Spirit. Great bloke who was constantly eager to talk surfing, give you recommendations on where to go in what conditions, and then sit and show you surf clips in the evening. If you’re gonna stay in Tagazhout, stay there. I also highly recommend you rent a car (pick-up in Agadir, go with the bigger-name car rentals for safety) to drive from spot to spot – made a huge difference for us, and it’s the smartest way to get around if you want bang for your buck.

For crowds, we didn’t experience much due to the lack of swell, but we were told Anchor Point gets ridiculously busy, but there’s so many other good spots to go to that’re better than AP when it’s firing (hence, get a car!).

Also, be wary of what you eat. We ran the gamut with Tagines most days, and got horrifically sick mid-way through the trip. Bed ridden for two days, energy knocked for longer, didn’t make a full recovery for about three weeks.

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 4:25pm

The food would want to be good.

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 4:26pm

Yeah, even though I would cut off my own left leg for an offshore wave right now, I think I might give Morocco a miss.

Chileans seem cool, anyone been to Chile?

Those lefts sure look inviting.

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 4:36pm

A fella I know went round the world and got his best waves in Chile.

Pretty sure there’s not as much of a problem with fuckwit Moroccans and French blowlocals in Chile too. Not sure about the Chilean tangine scene though.

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 4:38pm

Been meeting a few Chileans lately and they all seem really cool people.

sounds like there are enough waves to go around there.

I kind of picture it as New Zealand on steroids.

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Craig commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 4:40pm

Yep met a few and have had lots of mate score there. Great trip and one I have to tick off!

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 4:44pm

There couldn't be many better or wider open swell windows than the Chilean coast.

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 4:51pm

No sharks !

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cswells commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 8:32am

Funnily enough, when I was scoping out Tagazhout the general vibe was 'No Sharks'. Day 2, surfing Boilers, 50m out from us... a big ol' black fin that wasn't moving up-and-down like a dolphin...

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factotum commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 9:34am

Orca? They get around there. Killers! Apparently.

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cswells commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 10:36am

Possible! Not sure if it was the right time of year though. But there's a break called 'Killers' literally named for that reason!

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Flashinthepan commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 6:58pm

I have surfed Chile. I probably wouldn't provide information on anywhere that had more good points than bad.

The good:
Endless swell, tolerable crowds, no shark attacks, light winds, second safest country in the Americas (after Canada), lots to see, spectacular coastline, never rains.

The bad:
Often wobbly and morning sick all day, dirty green smelly upwelled Humboldt Current water, water ranges from cold to freezing, damp sea fog air, some breaks are run by adult male boogie boarders, Brazilians trek over the Andes, some big ports and heavy industry on the coast, litter, smokers, hard to travel without Spanish, never rains.

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factotum commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 7:07pm

No "fuckwit Moroccans and French blowlocals" either. In Chile.

Though I haven't been.

To Chile.

Whatevers!!!!

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factotum commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 7:04pm

Ah fark, Flash. Don't bugger it.

Just 'cos you've been there and shit.

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crg commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 7:39pm

One of my mates married a Chilean lass, he's happy as Larry. Works here in Aus 7 months, the rest in Chile on holiday at his little shack on the beach in Ramon Navarro's home town. Says the waves are good, surprisingly heavy at certain spots, crowds are getting worse and he has only had mild problems as a gringo. He's pretty much fluent in Spanish which he says is a big advantage, they can blank you badly without it. Water is cold...4/3 minimum.
I'm pencilled in for an extended stay next year.

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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kieron_h commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 9:16pm

Spent 6 weeks in Morocco at the start of 2013, then followed that up by 8 weeks in Chile in May-June 2013... so can give a good comparison of the two.

In a snapshot - if you like left points, go to Chile, if you like right points, go to Morocco...

Morocco was epic - great waves and most were pretty user friendly, headline spots are crowded, but as a few people have said, once it gets over 6ft the crowds thin out. Water is a bit polluted at times. Was consistently 3-6ft most days, and had a couple few bigger swells that I was undergunned for. Was super cheap, stayed in an incredible place, great hosts, great food. Amazing culture and things to see and do outside of surf.

Chile was a swell machine - consistent 4-8ft swell nearly every day with potential to go a lot bigger. We had several 12-15ft days that were well above my pay grade. Water was cold in May. 4/3, booties, gloves and gets a lot colder in winter proper. Clean water, great people, safe, developed, accessible (albeit big distances along the coast).

As usual, in both places you'll go a lot further with some of the language - French and Spanish are easy to pick up a few key things.

Morocco is great for wave-starved folk in summer, Chile great for pumping waves in winter, but its the same season as Indo... so 5/4, boots, gloves, hood vs boardies is the decision to be made there...

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 10:20am

Chile and Peru
One day, one day...
Sigh :-(

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Gary G commented Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 at 10:53am

Gary has gifted his good looks to the surface of a few faceys in Peru - both around Lima and slightly further afield. Had a landlocked day in Northern Chile too where he could see waves breaking everywhere but was without a board or an opportunity to hire one.

For Victorians and others who are deprived of lefts, not afraid of cool water, and comfortable in slightly wonky (but powerful) surface conditions it's a great trip that's about much more than just the surf.

Gary is fluent in the international language of love but would recommend that others have a working knowledge of Spanish to help get around

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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Blowin commented Thursday, 7 Feb 2019 at 11:30am

Hey Sharkman - How was Morrocco ?

Get some waves ?