Surfing in Morocco

Surfing guide to Morocco,

Morocco has 7 main surf areas. There are 68 surf spots and 13 surf holidays. Go explore!

Overview of surfing in Morocco

Morocco has long been a surf destination for Europeans looking for consistent surf, warmer weather, and above all, reeling point breaks. Located on the Northwest corner of Africa, Morocco is a short hop over from Europe and receives the full brunt of North Atlantic swells that march down the desert coastline, lighting up the many set ups available. Morocco is a country rich in history and culture, full of Berber, Arab, and European influences that create an incredible unique region worthy of exploration. From the ancient cities to thriving metropolises, street food to michelin star dining, and beginner to advanced surf breaks, there is something for everyone in Morocco.

The Surf

Morocco’s coastline is full of options for those looking to surf to their heart’s content. There is a wide range of beach breaks, reef breaks, and point breaks. The reason that most come to Morocco is for the seemingly endless amount of right hand point breaks that serve up mostly powerful and hollow walls. There is probably the highest concentration of world class right hand points in the world on this coast. That being said there will be options for learning and progressing if you aren’t quite ready for the more difficult breaks. Most of the points have deep inside sections where the wave height and power drop off, and there are many sheltered beaches that offer good opportunities for getting your feet on the wax for the first time.

Top Surf Spots

Anchor Point

Anchor Point is perhaps the most famous surf spot in Morocco, and for good reason. This right hand point break is extremely high quality and on the right swell can produce some of the longest rides in the world with fast barrel sections and performance section on offer. It can get crowded when on as it is right next to the town of Taghazout. However once the wave gets more than head and a half high, the lineup begins to spread and clear as the current picks up and the paddle becomes difficult. This wave is great for intermediates when smaller but when it gets big advanced surfers only. Learn more here!

Safi

Safi is another, you guessed it, right hand point break. This break gets very good when a big swell arrives and breaks heavy over a shallow bottom. Much of this wave is a fast barrel, but there are performance and turn sections sprinkled in. This spot is really an experts only area as the wave is pretty dangerous at size, which is when it works best. Learn more here!

Boats Point

Boats Point is a very remote wave deep in the South of Morocco. It is a right hand breaking point and needs a big swell to fire. It is also advised to hire a guide to get you here as it is very hard to find. This combined with it’s quality has given it a bit of a reputation in the Moroccan surf community. However, this also almost guarantees that you’ll be surfing alone or with just a few others out.

Accommodation Information

Morocco, like many countries with developing surf tourism, has a very wide range of places to stay. In the cities and built up surf towns there are high quality resorts and hotels to take care of you. The surf towns will all have surf hostels and surf camps tailored to ensure you score the best waves possible. Most of the coast, however, is very rural with small fishing villages sprinkled throughout. Here camping will be the most if not only available option for you. Even in those more built up surf towns there are always designated areas for campers to use. Make sure to bring plenty of water and enjoy!

The Good
Amazing Surf
Cheap
Good to hot weather year round
The Bad
Developing Country, less Amenities
Access can be hard to some spots
Some cultural issues for LGBTQ+
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Getting there

Surfing Regions in Morocco

North Coast (Mediterranean)

This is the area of Morocco east of Gibraltar. Here there is barely any surf, but if there is a massive storm in the Mediterranean Sea there might be some waves. If your trip only brings you here, it’s probably not worth bringing a board.

Central Coast

Here the coastline begins to face the Atlantic, which is great for the surfing outlook of this region. This stretches from Tangier up until the coast faces true East just north of Safi. Predominately you will find reefs and beach breaks here great for all levels. Two major cities also lie on this coast, Casablanca and Rabat. Both have surfing options and are so rich in culture that even a lifetime there would not be enough to fully explore the streets.

Southern Coast

The Southern area will hold the most famous surf spots as well as the most famous surf towns. Here you will find Taghazout and the Agadir region. The coastline faces directly East here which lends itself to grooming Northwest swells into the many right hand point breaks that Morocco is known for. It gets very rural here as well, especially as you head south, so make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.

Access to Morocco and Surf

Most will take flights into Morocco. There are international flights direct to three major cities: Casablanca, Marrakech, and Agadir. From here it is best to rent a car and drive to your final destination. Roads along the coast are generally easy to navigate, but if you plan on ending up somewhere remote a 4WD is best. There are also many ferries that leave from Europe and arrive in Morocco, you can even take your car onboard to avoid renting when you are there. Access to surf is generally very easy, usually a short walk from where you park or stay. Most towns are built right on the coast so it is not uncommon for surf to be within a 5 minute walk from your front door.

Visa Entry/Exit Information

Morocco is one of those countries that makes visiting easy. Most nationalities are able to enter without a visa for a 90 day period. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your planned exit date. If you have any doubts about your ability to enter please check the government website here.

The 68 best Surf spots in Morocco

Overview of surfing spots in Morocco

Safi

10
Right | Exp Surfers
50m long

Anchor Point

10
Right | Exp Surfers
600m long

Safi

9
Right | Exp Surfers
300m long

Killer Point

8
Peak | Exp Surfers

Cap Sim

8
Right | Exp Surfers
200m long

Anchor Point

8
Right | Exp Surfers
500m long

Boilers

8
Right | Exp Surfers
200m long

Rabat

8
Left | Exp Surfers
100m long

Surf spot overview

Lineup Lowdown

Morocco is a very interesting place in terms of surf culture and etiquette. In general the atmosphere is very friendly, but it is also expected that visitors will have manners. In the most well known towns it can get crowded and competitive in the water, especially when the swell is on and the international pros arrive. In the smaller towns there will not be many surfers in the water, just make sure to respect the locals and follow the regular rules of etiquette.

Surf seasons and when to go

The best time of the year to surf in Morocco

There are two main seasons for surf in Morocco. During September to April the North Atlantic is alive and sends pulsing swell to the coast. The biggest swells will arrive during November-February, making Morocco an excellent holiday destination. During this time the predominate winds are also pointing the offshore direction, although late afternoons can see the wind change onshore. During the off season (May-August) there is definitely still some surf, although it is smaller and less consistent. The wind also becomes a problem and finding clean conditions will become difficult. However there are sheltered beaches and cliffs overlooking points that help with this.

Annual surf conditions
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Activities other than Surf

Beyond the allure of its impressive waves, Morocco offers a plethora of activities that captivate the soul and senses of its visitors. Delve deep into the heart of Marrakech’s vibrant medina, where a cacophony of sounds, colors, and scents envelops you in an unforgettable sensory experience. Wander through the winding streets of Chefchaouen, the famed ‘blue city’, where buildings are painted in varying shades of azure, reflecting the sky above.

For the more adventurous, the majestic Atlas Mountains beckon, offering unparalleled trekking opportunities with panoramic vistas of rugged landscapes. Along the coastline, you can embark on a serene camel ride, feeling the gentle rhythm of these desert giants as they tread along golden sands. And of course, no trip to Morocco would be complete without indulging in its culinary delights. Join a local culinary tour and savor traditional Moroccan dishes like tagine, couscous, and pastilla, followed by the refreshing taste of mint tea, a staple in Moroccan culture.

Language

Morocco, with its rich tapestry of cultures and histories, boasts a linguistic landscape that’s as diverse as its geographical one. Arabic stands as the official language, deeply rooted in the nation’s history and used in government, education, and media. However, the everyday chatter in streets and markets is often flavored with Amazigh, or Berber, particularly in the rural and mountainous regions, echoing the voices of the indigenous people of North Africa. Furthermore, the remnants of French colonial influence can be seen in the widespread use of French, especially in business circles, urban centers, and amongst the older generation. While navigating through the popular tourist hubs and surf spots, you’ll also find that English is commonly spoken, especially among the younger generation and those involved in the tourism sector. Understanding or picking up a few local words and phrases can enhance your travel experience, offering a deeper connection with the locals and their traditions.

Useful Words and Phrases:

  1. Hello: مرحبا (Marhaba) / Salut (in French)
  2. Thank you: شكرًا (Shukran) / Merci (in French)
  3. Yes: نعم (Na’am)
  4. No: لا (La)
  5. Please: من فضلك (Min fadlik) / S’il vous plaît (in French)
  6. Goodbye: وداعا (Wada’an) / Au revoir (in French)
  7. How much?: بكم هذا؟ (Bikam hada?) / Combien ça coûte? (in French)
  8. Water: ماء (Maa) / Eau (in French)
  9. Food: طعام (Ta’am) / Nourriture (in French)
  10. Beach: شاطئ (Shati) / Plage (in French)
  11. Surf: تزلج على الأمواج (Tazalluj ala al-amwaj)
  12. Help: مساعدة (Musa’ada) / Aide (in French)
  13. Sorry: أسف (Asef) / Désolé (in French)

Currency/Budget

The official currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD), a currency that paints a portrait of the country’s economic tapestry. Notes and coins adorned with intricate designs and symbols depict the nation’s rich history and heritage. Traveling through Morocco can cater to both the backpacker on a shoestring budget and the luxury seeker wanting a taste of opulence. Meals in local eateries, called “riadhs” or “souks,” can be incredibly affordable, offering sumptuous local dishes at a fraction of the price one would pay in a Western nation. However, in more touristic areas, prices can be comparatively higher, with luxurious resorts and gourmet restaurants presenting world-class offerings. One cultural nuance to embrace while shopping in markets is the art of bargaining – it’s not only expected but can be quite the experience, meshing commerce with a dance of words and gestures.

Cell Coverage/Wifi

In this modern age, connectivity remains a pivotal part of our daily lives, even when traveling. Fortunately, Morocco has kept pace with the digital era. Major cities like Casablanca, Marrakech, and Agadir, as well as popular tourist destinations, offer robust cell coverage, ensuring you’re never too far from the pulse of the online world. While some remote areas might experience patchier signals, it’s seldom a total disconnect. Most accommodations, from the quaintest bed-and-breakfasts to the grandest resorts, typically offer free wifi. Furthermore, numerous cafes and restaurants, especially in bustling hubs, provide internet access, making it convenient for travelers to plan their next move, share their adventures online, or simply stay connected with loved ones.

Get Moving!

A journey to Morocco is an odyssey that transcends mere travel. It’s a dive into a rich tapestry of cultures, a sensory explosion of sights, sounds, and flavors, and an adventure that merges the thrill of surfing with the soul of a nation steeped in tradition. Every wave ridden is accentuated by the backdrop of stunning landscapes, from the golden sweep of the Sahara to the rugged beauty of the Atlas Mountains. But beyond the surf, Morocco beckons with the promise of bustling markets, historic

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