My first week in Taghazout and Adventurekeys Surf and Yoga Camp
I arrived to Adventurekeys Surf and Yoga Camp with huge expectations for my stay. I had been looking forward to this trip for months and suddenly I was there! After a warm welcome by the staff of the hostel and a tour in the small fishing town of Taghazout I knew this was going to be an amazing experience to me. I and my friend, whom I travel with, went straight down to Panorama Point to catch waves and our expectations to Taghazout and its reputation of amazing waves were fulfilled – we enjoyed it so much! The two surf spots Hash Point and Anchor Point which is situated right next to Panorama Point and the Surf Camp also had wonderful swells coming in. The surf height was 2ft – 4ft so it was perfect as a warm up for two cold Danish bodies.
The next morning Andrea, the surf guide at the hostel, took us out to Tamri to search for waves in the morning sun. The morning session was lovely and the waves were great – a long and incredible beach break! The water temperature is around the 20 degrees Celsius, which makes it possible only to wear a 3/2 wetsuit even if the sun has not risen yet. The thin wetsuit is a release for us Danish guys, since we are used to where 5/4 suits at the Danish surf spots. We have learned that Tamri always has waves even if the incoming swells are very small, which makes Taghazout a perfect place to learn to surf – the spot always offers surf able waves. We have almost only been surfing in Tamri, since the waves in Panorama Point, Hash Point and Anchor Point have been too small to surf. One day we also went to Boilers to catch waves but it was too crowded at the point break. Luckily the forecast looks promising for the weekend and the days after. Magic Sea Weed promises 5 stars surfing with surf heights from 3 ft at the smallest spots near Taghazout to 12 ft by the beach break of Tamri. Since we have been at Tamri almost every day I think we will hit some point break spots. Maybe we will check out Boilers, Killers and Banana Point but also Devils Rock. The guys at the hostel who went with the teacher of the camp doing surf classes went two times to Devil’s Rock this week and they came back telling about the perfect beginner conditions. We must try those waves!
When I’m not surfing I really enjoy diving into Moroccan culture – and Taghazout is perfect for it. Everything does not have to be related to surfing, despite the fact that it is difficult to walk around in Taghazout without bumping into a surf shop or a board repair shop. I often go for a walk just to look at all the different and inspiring colors of Taghazout. The Moroccan people are extremely friendly and would really like to talk and discuss different world views. After my stay at Adventurekeys Surf and Yoga Camp I am heading for Cairo to study Arabic. I therefor do a bit of pre studying and talking to the locals is a perfect way to improve the pronunciation of the difficult and very different Arabic language.
I am really looking forward to spend more time improving my surf skills in Taghazout and learn the local Moroccan culture to know even better.
We decided to go there for Suns rise Session (those who’ve tried sunrise session, they know how magical experience it is), so quick check at what time sunrise is and we can start preparation to our trip: pack wet suit, check the board, take some food and water and GO TO SLEEP!
Alarm’s woke us up at 5:00, quick morning toilet and our “international team” is ready (Norway, Aruba, USA, Italy and Poland). Our guide is one and only Andrea from Italy! If you will ever have a chance to go surfing with him, you can be sure, that you will catch some good waves!
We get to the car and on the way! Sky full of stars and beautiful moon accompany us the whole trip, and because of Andrea’s great driving skills- nobody wanted to sleep 😉
We got to Imsouane at 6:20. Quick check from nearest hills, and we already knows, that this session will be great!
In Imsouane there is two spots: “The Bay”, and “The Cathedral”. We chose “the bay” at the begging, and no one could complain- we hit the Bulls Eye! We were not the first on the beach but no one seemed to bother because of that.
Wet suit on, warm up, and we’re ready! We walked into the water, just after the rocks, and there we are, just in right place, just in the right time. There were waves after waves, so everyone were able to catch some in time!
And there we go! This one is mine! I’m turning around, start paddling and catch it! My first wave on Imsouane, and the longest one in my life at the same time! It was so enjoyable to surf that wave early morning, have time to make a long, smooth turns surrounded by beautiful landscape!
This waves bring me straight to the shore and believe me or not,when i turn my head and i get a bit scary when a saw a distance that I need to paddle back, but luckily Jay from Norway were just behind me and he showed me a shortcut- we needed to walk 5 minutes across the beach, enjoying the beautiful sun rises behind the hills, and there we are, just next to the rocks. We went to the water and we were ready to catch more waves!
Imsouane spot “The Bay” offers you long right hand waves or shorter left one. Long right wave were perfect for long boarder, that’s why Alex from USA spent there all day. After couple hours, we left Alex on “The bay” and we went to check the second spot called “Cathedral” which is just 5 minutes walking from The bay. On the way we decided to check what local restaurants offer to us. I chose fresh fish, catch of the day and it was delicious. Lunch like this in such a magical place tastes much better- trust me;)
After lunch it was time for a little break. Some of us went skateboarding on a carver board, some of us were just talking with the locals who were very kind and friendly. They told us that between 12 am to 1 pm is best time to take a break, and catch some power for next hours of paddling. They were right!
After 1 pm swell brings lot of nice and quite big waves. Also in here you can find right and left waves, so no matter if you’re goofy or regular- you will be able to surf every direction. Paddle out wasn’t easy but for sure it was worth it. Waves on The Cathedral spot have more power and they are more difficult to catch, but already you succeed you will have a lot of fun. We spent there no more than 1,5 h here and we finished our seasons when it started to do a crowded (with big smiles on ours faces of course ;))
Everyone was happy of the sessions that we had so in good mood we got to the car and we went back. Views along the way caused that we started to enjoy this day more and more. We even saw distance a pick of mountain cowered with snow far away!
On our way back we decided to check what happens on another great spot… but about Tamri I will tell you another time 😉
PS. There is no photos of us surfing, but we didn’t have a time for that 😉
Adventurekeys surf hostel ,On the south-west coast of Morocco, 19 kilometers from the city of Agadir you will find Taghazout. Originally this was a fishing village inhabited mostly by Berber people, but mother nature has blessed this village with good and consistent surf conditions for both beginners, pros and everything between. Famous for it’s long right-hand point breaks such as Anchor Point, consistent beach breaks and other excellent surf spot gems it’s safe to call Taghazout a multicultural surfer’s paradise these days. Or as some put it: “the surf Mecca of Africa”.
Among all the surf hostels and other places to stay in the Taghazout I chose to stay with Amine, Youness and the other wonderful people that makes the staff of “AdventureKeys Surf Hostel and Yoga”. Here I had a warm welcome with a good healthy lunch made by the lovely ladies in the kitchen on my arrival. After that I was introduced to the people that work and live here and was given a tour around surf house. The first thing that struck me about this place was the chill vibes and an amazing panorama view of the entire village and surrounding area from the big roof terrace which works as the common area at AdventureKeys Surf Hostel . Here they serve breakfast in the morning, dinner in the evening and there is plenty of room to just enjoy the nice and chill vibes with surfers, travelers and other nice people from all around the world.
But this place has even more to offer than long and glassy waves, chill vibes and friendly people. The staff at the surf house was more than happy to share their experiences and tips on what to do while visiting Taghazout, they also helped out a lot when it came to things like car-rental, transport, finding the best surf spots with the surf guides and great surf instructors for people that want to hop on a wave for the first time. Anything you need, ask these guys and they’ll do everything to fix it for you.
So I made a list over things I recommend to do while visiting this wonderful place.
The main attraction in Taghazout and the surrounding area is of course riding the long waves which consistently comes towards the points, reefs and beaches along the coast here. The conditions are good for both beginners who want to learn surfing, advanced surfers who want a small challenge and experienced surfers looking for the perfect wave. For the beginners the surf house offers group lessons on the beach usually around Devil’s Rock (5 minute car ride from the surf house), which offers a good beach break during high-tide with both lefts and rights washing in on the beach. Advanced surfers may also find some joy in Devil’s Rock’s (you guessed it) right hand point break, which presents nice long ride from the point to towards the beach on mid- to low-tide or Banana Point which is just a few minutes away or if you want to go for the bigger waves I recommend the ultra-consistent beach break of Tamri, another village about 40 minutes with car from Taghazout. Experienced surfers looking for the ultimate waves will want to wait for the big swell to arrive at the world famous surf-spot, Anchor Point, located about 2 kilometers from Taghazout this point-break present you lines and lines of speed-walls and cutback hooks and works great during all tides, except high-tide. If the conditions at Anchor Point are perfect it’s actually possible to ride one single wave from the point all the way to Taghazout beach (2 km!!). So if surfing is your passion or something you want to make into your passion Taghazout is the place to be!
Personally I have to say that I didn’t think yoga was my kind of thing to do. That was until I figured out I might as well try it out since it was included in my “all inclusive” package here at AdventureKeys Surf Hostel and Yoga. I have to say that after a 1-hour session with the in-house yoga teacher on the roof of the surf house overlooking the amazing sunset, I was both mind blown and amazed by this combination of relaxing meditation, stretching and working on core-muscles I didn’t even know I had. This is an absolutely amazing way to either start your day or soften up those muscles and limbs after a long day of surfing.
A day in Paradise valley Even though Taghazout is blessed with nice waves to ride almost every day, all year you might experience that some days are “flat” or if you just need a rest day I highly recommend going on a day trip to Paradise Valley. The staff at AdventureKeys helped out with organizing transport and packed lunch for the group that wanted to go to this beautiful oasis in the sandy hills. A van arrived to pick us up right in front of the surf house and we where on our way! The drive from Taghazout to Paradise Valley takes about 40 minutes, but our trip was a little longer. We were asked by the driver if we wanted to stop on have a tour at a local factory where they make both cosmetics and edibles out of the famous Moroccan Argan oil. Here we got a tour through the garden where they showed us and learned us some facts about the different plants and herbs they use in their products and also how they make the different oils either for cooking or for cosmetics and health beneficial uses from nuts that grow on the Argan tree. We also got to test samples of Argan-honey mixes for eating and everything from sunscreen to lip-balm all made with Argan oil with all natural ingredients. After the tour we jumped in the car and set course towards Paradise Valley again.
We arrived on a small parking place and jumped out of the car again, from here we had to walk the rest of the way. After just walking up one small hill we could already see the beauty of this oasis in the valley, with palm trees growing and a small river running through it. On the way be saw several small restaurants alongside the river where you could enjoy some freshly squeezed juice or a small meal, with your feet in the water if you prefer that. After walking for about 20 minutes we arrived at one of the natural gorges in the river that flows through the valley, here we had some fun playing with the locals who made watersides by simply just pouring water and soap on the cliff and slid down in the gorge, there were also different cliffs at different heights where you could show of some cliff diving skills into the gorge when in need of a refreshing bath. It’s difficult to describe this paradise in words so if you’re in the area you will definitely not regret taking a day trip to Paradise Valley. This place surely lives up to it’s name.
If you’re in for proper authentic cultural experience while visiting Morocco you should definitely do a trip to the local hammam. A Moroccan hammam can be compared to a Turkish bath, but it has it’s differences.
The hammam is a very important part of the Moroccan culture. The locals usually go to the hammam once a week to cleanse their skin and body and pick up on last days gossip with their friends and family.
When you enter the public hammam you have to pay an entrance fee (around 12MAD/€1.50) and then you go into the changing room to get undressed for the cleansing. Now you are ready to enter the sauna! This is like a normal sauna where the purpose is to sweat out all the toxins in your skin so you can get it washed of with a bucket of nice, ice cold water in the next room. Here you can also get someone to scrub your body from top to toe until the point where it feels softer than silk, when your skin has been scrubbed you can, for an extra fee (around 50MAD/€4.50) get a massage. This is not for the easily frightened, because these guys sure give you a rough treatment. Then you’re good to go back to the dressing room, get your clothes back on and enter the world as a refreshed, clean and stretched man or woman.
The city of Agadir is the place to be if you would like to go to a pub, nightclub or a restaurant that is more similar to the European tourist cities. The beach promenade is busy and packed with shops, bars and restaurants with a beautiful view over the city beach.
The part of Agadir that I found most interesting and more authentic Moroccan was the so called Souk, the market. Here you can stroll around for hours just absorbing the vibrant atmosphere of salesmen in their shacks selling everything from handcrafted jewelry, clothes, spices, tools and everything between, people haggling trying to make a good deal. You can also make some really good deals if you want to bring home some souvenirs to show your friends and family or groceries to cook yourself a proper Moroccan meal after a long day of walking and haggling. Just remember to keep an eye out for pocket thieves and always try to make a better deal for yourselves if you buy something.
If you, as I did chose to stay at AdventureKeys Surf House and Yoga you will be served a delicious and healthy Moroccan dinner every day you’re here, but I would also recommend to go to some of the local restaurants in Taghazout. The places close to the beach offer a more familiar menu with hamburgs, pizzas and pasta, but with a Moroccan twist which can be enjoyed with some nice fresh ginger beer or fresh pressed juice. For a more authentic culinary experience you should definitely go a small restaurant that is located underneath the mosque in Taghazout. Here they serve different types of Tagine. Tagine is an traditional Berber/Moroccan dish which consists of meat, seafood or chicken with vegetables and delicious Moroccan spices cooked in a earthenware pot in endless different varieties. The pot they prepare it in is also called a Tagine.
Hope this is helpful for you boys and girls that want to explore this surfer’s paradise and the surrounding area.
Thanks to Amine, Youness and the rest of the staff at AdventureKeys and all the nice travelers, surfers and locals that made this into an unforgettable trip.
For some people surfing is just a one day entertainment on vacation. For others it is a serious sport and a lifestyle. Someone have surfing as a job or just a hobby. In this blog I want to tell my little story how surfing changed my life.
I have always been an organized person who has a strict plan for the day, future year, half a year, half a life on. I used to be like that until my life had changed so suddenly and the way I could never expected. Now I don’t plan anything very hard anymore.
When it was the first time I found myself in Morocco – originally my plan was to go to China. But that time it appeared to be a little difficult for a number of reasons so my tour agent started to search for other countries for a trip for me. As all the eastern culture with its mysterious deserts, camels and sounds of praying from the mosques have always attracted me – I chose Morocco at once. So without any plan and knowing almost nothing about the country I settled at one of Agadir’s hotels with the intention to go with the flow.
The first evening I was introduced to my travel agency’s guide who offered me a list of standard tours that people must visit when they are in Morocco. Marrakech, desert, souks, parks, aqua-parks…The problem was that I don’t like anything standard. As I’m a sporty and even kind of extreme professional in the past – from all the list of morocco trips I chose just one day of learning to surf.
It was supposed to be only one day. But plans changed again. Only up to the end of the first day I managed to stand up on the board and ride it along with the wave…white wave of course) And here I was caught with this feeling. I had to come back to repeat it the next day, and the third day…So that way instead of watching Morocco and sightseeing – most of my vacation I was watching Tamraght, the village where my surf camp was located and spent time with other surfers on the beach.
When I came back to Russia I couldn’t stop thinking of the ocean, the waves, I missed surfing and Morocco. Probably most of people have this feeling after holidays, when you don’t want to come back to work, want back to the sun…But it was something more for me. I realized that surfing is something that I really lacked in my Russian routine, although I love my job with all my heart, have the best family there and beloved friends. But that feeling that I experienced on the wave while learning surfing overweighed somehow all the comfort that I had.
So my story looks like this: I had everything at my hometown, my warm cozy house, every morning I got to my perfect job riding my adored car drinking coffee and listening to favorite music. Now I live in Morocco already for half-a-year, riding only local buses. I don’t have even a phone with the internet access, sometimes I don’t have money. But I have my surfing and I’m happy. I met a lot of new people here, new friends, I keep getting an amazing experience from it. I have an opportunity to communicate with people all around the world, learn something new from them, get to know something about different cultures and customs being just in one place. I keep improving my skills at my profession as well and get an international experience, so if I decide to come back to Russia some day – it won’t be a problem to return to my work.
I was supposed to come back home this May after 6 months staying in Morocco, but my plans changed again very rapidly and I will continue surfing in Bali this summer. What is more – Bali has never been in my list of travelling, actually it is a strange and spontaneous set of circumstances that my life turns me there, so probably some interesting adventure waits for me on that unknown surf land.
And although I have an exciting trip soon – I feel a little bit sad. Cause Morocco is already a second home for me. I want to thank Adventurekeys surf camp for giving me such impression, for giving me home and opportunity to surf! I love all the people that were around me for all this time and I really don’t want to leave. But the life is short and the road is long. I’m sure I will meet you guys again on my road.
So what it is all about. I never planned to change my country, to leave my hometown and to live that way I live now, always one way ticket. It is possible that such a vacation will turn your life in a different way too. Maybe you will find yourself in surfing, find some new country for yourself, find your life wave somewhere, so don’t be afraid to catch it! Don’t be afraid to make a step to your dream and happiness.
It is obvious and well known that you have to be trained and prepared to be a surfer. A lot of surfers do Yoga and it is really great and helpful for your better surfing, but not enough. Except flexibility and good balance that you get from yoga surfing requires high level of muscular power and endurance. You also have to strengthen and take care of those parts of your body that are loaded and suffer while you paddling and standing on the board. Cause some of the postures that you have to use while surfing are not correct for your body. We reckon that sometimes you feel pain in your neck, or shoulder after surfing, some discomfort in your knees or other joints. So you have to train so that your surfing brings you only good emotions without any damage for your health. Here are some basic exercises that are focused exactly on those muscles that are mostly involved.
It’s not a secret that the most exhausting part of surfing is paddling. You know that feeling when you are trying to fight the white water, paddling and paddling but still seems like not moving forward. It is necessary to have strong shoulders, arms and upper back to paddle efficiently and reach line up still having power to surf. So the efficient exercises we can do at home or in the gym are those that repeat the movements and biomechanics of your body in a water. Different body-weight pull ups and dumbbell rows for your arms, making emphasis on triceps and shoulders. In some way it makes sense to make an exercise with high speed, to improve your endurance. One example of a good exercise for serratus anterior, rotator cuff and trapezius that are active in paddling: laying on your belly on a fit ball or just a bench holding a weight in both arms – spread your arms up squeezing your shoulder blades together.
Chin ups are also necessary cause paddling is mostly a combination of pulling movements. So while doing chin up with narrow hands you involve both arms, shoulders and back.
Next difficult movement that your body has to be prepared for is a popup. To jump into a correct posture on your board in one movement you need strong arms and chest part for good push up and flexible legs so that you find yourself in a good deep squat on your board, standing on your both feet, not your toes or knees or something else. So good deep squats will train all your legs muscles, buttocks and footsteps.
Second one must do are pushups. To make it more efficient especially for surfing – do it with a quick clap between pushups. It will imitate that little one second pause that you have in a water to stand up on your feet after push from your board.
The important part of your good surfing is balancing of course. You can have strong body, best paddling and perfect quick standing on your board but there is no point in it if you lose your balance immediately and fall. Yoga improves your balance a lot. All the static one leg poses are for this aim and also the skills of concentration and breathing that you learn from yoga will influence your good posture on the board. But still you can add some functional exercises to your workout f.e.lunges, some movements with closed eyes. Exercises that train your core cause when we talk about balancing – it is mostly about the core of your body. When you know how to stabilize your body posture involving the inner muscles that support your spine – you will stand on your board riding a wave as long as you need. We recommend to include Pilates to your training schedule cause it is a good working with your core, back muscles, good training for releasing those parts that are tensed in surfing and good correcting workout after some uncorrected surf postures.
And don’t forget about endurance trainings. Surfing requires full body endurance to sustain long paddling or difficult sessions for long period of time. Aerobic or interval trainings will help with it, swimming, running, workout circuits.
Surfing is the most funny and enjoyable sport in the world but the most physically demanding at the same time. So start to improve your body now to perform better in the water and catch your best waves.
Taghazout is a small surfer’s village where you can find everything for your perfect surfing – the waves, surf shops, rental stores. But if you have some spare days when there are no good conditions for surf or you just tired and want to have a day off of the ocean – don’t forget that Taghazout is only 20 km from a nice touristic city Agadir. You can get there easily by bus or a taxi and spend great time. So here are 10 things that you can do in Agadir:
Agadir souk. Souk El Had is very big and is located in the center of the city. It has 12 entries and everything you need – starting from the food, fruits, vegetables and spices and finishing the clothes, jewelry and traditional souvenirs. You can feel all the power of Moroccan culture here, cause it’s full of smells, sounds and colors of the country.
Port Marina. A new region in Agadir, which is all white beautiful and very enjoyable just to have a walk there, have some coffee in one of the restaurants with an ocean view or visit some of the shops with brand clothes that you will not find on the souk.
Port Marina. A new region in Agadir, which is all white beautiful and very enjoyable just to have a walk there, have some coffee in one of the restaurants with an ocean view or visit some of the shops with brand clothes that you will not find on the souk.
Bird Valley. It is a lovely park not far from Marina, with all types of birds from all over the world. And actually not only birds, there are some animals to see as well, so it is kind of zoo where you can feel yourself closer to the nature and just chill on the bench or take good pictures with goats and pelicans.
Hammam. A traditional Moroccan sauna, that you can visit not only in Agadir, there are also some closer to Taghazout in the village. But no matter where you prefer to have it – you will get real pleasure and relaxation from the procedure. And what is more important – good use to your health. Besides the usual hammam you can have some spa procedures there like massage, peeling for your skin and others that are soo good after surfing.
Paradise Valley. The place is located in the mountains and belongs to Berber tribes from the beginning of time. In the center of valley is a river with different water inhabitants like fish, frogs, and tortures and a big waterfall. You can jump into the nature water pools from the rocks and have real fun there. Take good pictures of oasises that surround all the area and spend all day long on the sun in the haven.
Kasbah (Agadir Oufla). The famous hill that you can see from every point in Agadir with the big letters on it in Arabic that mean “God, country, King”. In the evening the letters have beautiful lighting and the overall view of the mountain is very charming. You can not only see it from the city but also enjoy the amazing view of the whole Agadir from the top of the hill. It’s possible to go there by walking which is a great hiking adventure with stunning scenery in front of your eyes or come up by taxi and spend time on the highest point taking pictures and admiring the view around.
Crocopark. You have never seen these terrifying creatures? Here you have an opportunity to meet around 300 crocodiles and find out that they are actually rather calm and cute and not gonna eat you You can chill in a cozy restaurant here while your children enjoying playing on the well organized playground. There is also a wonderful garden along all the park with beautiful flowers and plants from all over the world.
Agadir Medina. Nice and quiet place to visit, with great old architecture and sculptures. You can enjoy just wondering around here, buying some souvenirs in local shops and getting an impression of the Moroccan culture of old times.
Big wheel La grande roué Agadir. An exciting entertainment in Marina with fantastic view from the height. Good for romantic date or just friends’ evening riding.
Beach water time. We don’t mention surfing here cause we hope it goes without saying that you guys surf every day)) So except your surfing in Agadir you can try jet skiing, kite surfing, riding camels or horses on the beach or try extreme jeep safari riding. And a lot of other interesting things to do.
So, if you choose a surf trip for your vacation that doesn’t mean that you will spend all your time in a water. 5 % of your time you can devote to something else As you see we have a lot of other activities here that will never let you get bored. So don’t hesitate to join us and make your travelling more exciting!
If you are a surfer – the most important for you is the wave. You work with it, you depend on it, you have to know the waves, learn them and be able to read the ocean to plan your surfing. So which waves are good in our sport?
The waves can be gentle and slow or the opposite – fast massive and huge, turning into barrels that surfers like so much. A character and direction of the swell, wind, the underwater topography, flows and tide influence the condition of the beach waves.
So if you are a beginner and just started to learn surfing you need spots where the waves break on the sand seabed. Such conditions are called Beach Break. For inexperienced surfers the sand bottom is the best and the most safety choice. From popular beach breaks around Taghazout there are Crocodiles, Devil’s rock, Panoramas, some of the Km spots.
If a wave breaks over a coral reef or a rocky seabed it is called Reef Break. The advantage of such kind of waves is their predictability and constancy. An experienced surfer usually can define where it will be the peak of the wave, its direction and speed. These waves are very nice to surf but dangerous at the same time cause of the reef and rocks below the water. The examples of reef breaks nearby our hostel are Tamri, Boilers, la source , some of Km spots again.
And the longest waves in the world are usually Point Breaks. It appears when a wave hits some obstacle jutting out from the coastline. It can be a rock or some point of land. After the hitting the swell starts to bend round the obstacle making perfect waves. Such waves in Morocco you can find at Hash point, Anchor point, Mysteries, Camel point sometimes.
An important factor that influences the quality of the waves is the wind. The best wind for surfing is offshore. Onshore wind blows from the ocean and makes the waves close and lose its surfable shape. Mostly wind is not a friend of surfers anyway. Windless weather makes the water surface smooth and the waves’ shape perfect.
A wave is one of the most fascinating phenomenon of the nature. And only for surfers it is something special. Only surfers can feel the wave and see its beauty. So if you want to get these heaps of emotions that waves give to surfers all around the word – start surf! Go for it!
Surfing is the most popular among water sports and nowadays more and more people try to start follow it and learn it. Originally it was just a beach entertainment when a person rode a wave using a special wooden board. It appeared to be such a fascinating activity that started to get a lot of fans around the world and finally grew in to a sport discipline.
Now people use different types of boards to surf – long and short ones, soft and hard ones. And also there are a lot of different types of surfing appeared during the times. People kept creating something new to ride waves. That way nowadays we have windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP (StandUpPaddling), Body boarding, wakesurfing. All of these are united by one thing – you need a wave and a board. Also a lot of power and no fear cause such kinds of sports are mostly extreme ones. You have to be physically trained, brave and have a good knowledge at your sphere.
Bodyboarding is a funny type of surfing when a person rides a wave on his belly using a small foam board and swim fins for additional propulsion. A rider can make different tricks and turns on the wave so it looks very exciting and although it can seem not difficult to go with the wave just laying on the board – but it’s really challenging.
Windsurfing is a combination of surfing and sailing. So a surfboard is like a small yacht there, you ride a board under a sail and with the help of the wind. This kind of sport is very beautiful and attractive, it looks really amazing when a rider makes his maneuvers on the board.
Windsurfing can take place not only in the ocean, fjords and lakes are also suitable.
Wakesurfing is a young kind of entertain and sport when a wave is made artificially, by a boat or jet ski. So you don’t need an ocean for wakesurfing. Boat can make one meter height waves that are good enough to surf. The process looks like this – first a surfer is fastened with the boat by the rope which he drops later and follows the boat just by himself, surfing the waves that scooter leaves over.
Wakeboarding is when you follow the boat riding your board, making different tricks and jumps at the same time. Very extreme and upcoming sport nowadays.
Kitesurfing is probably the most spectacular of all extreme surf kinds of sport. It combines both surfing and windsurfing, wakeboarding and paragliding. A surfer rides a wave using a large controllable kite and the power of the wind. It is the sport of two fields both – the sky and the water! Cause you ride a wave and fly over the water at the same time, land on the wave and surf it again. Looks really thrilling!
Sometimes you may see surfers standing on a long big board with an oar in their hands, balancing and catching a wave. It is another kind coming from surfing and called Stand Up Paddle (SUP). A surfer is standing on the board all the time even while paddling out. It is not easy but everybody can try and learn it, and it’s super fun for all ages. You can also practice yoga on such SUP boards which is an additional challenge to your body to keep balance on the water in different asana.
We mentioned the most popular kinds of sport connected with surfing and coming from it, there are some more types of such. And we’re sure that it will be more in the future, people keep creating something new and special. Those who love the water and waves, who can’t live without the ocean – they will never stop. Once you fall in love with the ocean – will seek for the waves and a way to ride it all the time. And if you come to Taghazout – we can help you to find it;)
The most popular question from our Dearest customers before they arrive – is usually about the weather. What should they wear and take with them not to get frozen in the evenings – which is very possible by the way, although it is an Africa.
The geography of Morocco is very diverse that’s why the climate is different across the country. Morocco is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea from the North , and by the Atlantic from the West. On the East and South-east the country is bordered upon Algeria, and with the Sahara desert on the South. That way the country blends together heat and c
hill, ocean and mountains, green forests and oases along with desert landscape.
And although you can enjoy the Morocco sun during all year round – it is considered that the best time for vacation is from April until October, cause the weather and the ocean are warm. But it is only if talking about normal average all over the world people who like the sun, swimming and chilling on the beach.
For surfers the high season is the opposite – winter, when the waves come and nobody’s afraid of cold about +14 – +17 C degrees water in the ocean, cause it swells and time to surf It is usually from November until March. The weather is still nice and sunny, and except surfing you can enjoy travelling and sightseeing, but in the evenings it can be around only +8 – +10C, so warm jackets are necessary in Morocco if you choose winter time.
There are some regions in Morocco where you can find even snow and enjoy the skiing or snowboarding there. It is a place in High Atlas not far from Marrakesh and Ifrane in a middle Atlas. The mountain skiing season is short in Morocco, only for two months January and February. But sometimes it is some snow in December and March as well.
Morocco spring is still not for swimming if you don’t have a wetsuit) But you can travel around the country, find out something new and interesting in Berber culture, Moroccan cuisine. Enjoy hammam and Moroccan Spa procedures. Up to the beginning of May it’s flowering beautiful time in Morocco, including the unique orange orchards blossoming.
Morocco is the most wonderful and green country in Northern Africa and you can travel there anyway and any season and get the best experience from it. It’s just necessary to decide what aim you have and choose the most appropriate month and climate for it. If you want to get suntan and spend amazing beach rest – best time is hot summer. If it’s more interesting for you to watch new places of interest, traditional mosques, souks and nature sights – better come in autumn or spring, when it’s not so hot. And if you are a surfer or planning to be – come to our camp in November and stay for all winter season, we promise you unforgettable time and a lot of fun!
What can you do with your board after you know well how to stand up and keep balance, how to feel a wave and catch it. You have to progress all the time and learn something more. So, we want to please you with the fact that you will never get bored in surfing, will always have a lot of new to learn and practice. It is an extreme sport, very magnetic and easy to become addicted to.
As any other sports it has many various disciplines and tricks to carry out and to perform at the contests. Referees estimate the technique of riding, the difficulty of the tricks and its fulfillment, the speed, power and evenness. In this article we want to enumerate and describe what tricks and maneuvers you can try to make in a water.
Surf tricks are divided to tricks on the wave and air ones, front side and backside tricks. Barrel riding and longboard maneuvers.
Some examples of wave tricks are:
Bottom turn. It is probably the next thing you will learn to do on a wave after you feel yourself confident with your board and sure you can come to the next step. Bottom turn is the most important move cause it sets the speed and common mood of the mission, it is a base. It is the first turn you make after dropping in to a wave, and then it must transform your vertical falling energy into horizontal speed down the line. Here you turn your board at the direction you need. Actually this maneuver is used every time you catch a wave.
Re-entry. This trick has a lot of names. You can call it also off the lip, hit the lip. And it will probably be the next maneuver that you learn to do after you learn how to pick up speed and make a bottom turn. This trick is all about the speed. You have to reach the highest point of the wave as quick as you can and then ride down from it as if you’ve just caught it. Making this trick your board is at vertical position so it is very effective to watch.
Cutback. To make this element you have to move farther from the breaking line and make a powerful but at the same time smooth turn to the direction of white water. Cutback allows you to generate more speed for your next trick. It is often used before the tube riding to take up the best position for it. Roundhouse cutback is a very effective trick and exciting to watch. A surfer rides to the breaking section of the wave and once reaching white water he makes a cutting turn at the opposite direction. It looks like a surfer is riding the figure of eight on the surface of the wave.
Reverse. Reverse is usually made after re-entry or cutback when a tail of your board is still in the air. Surfer turns around at 180 degree riding from the wave with the fings in front.
Layback. Here the surfer lean on the wave with his back. Frontside layback differs a lot from backside layback. Frontside is made on a high speed cutback and the difficulty is that you need to use all the power of your legs and the water to raise back up from it. Backside layback is usually used while barrel riding. You lean on the wave wall trying to keep balance. Nowadays layback is popular after air tricks as a way to correct the mistakes of water landing – surfer has an opportunity to fall down and return back to a position immediately with a water power.
Snap. This trick is similar to cutback, so don’t mix them. Snap is a quick directional change. It is a very rapid maneuver that helps you to stay at the correct spot of the wave not lost your speed at that. If you push your board forward doing snap and lean on the water straightened your back leg – it will be called Layback snap. That way you combine two tricks at one.
Stall. Stall is for slowing down your speed. You need to move the weight of your body to your back leg drowning the tail of your board a little bit. It can be used for riding deeper into the tube or just not to miss some place you need on your wave.
Floater. When a surfer gets on to the lip, rides it and re-enters back into the wave – it is called floater. What is amazing about floater is that it is ridden with such lightness in movements, looks like a rider is sliding the lip of the wave being gravity free at all. Floaters are also good choice for finishing the maneuver at the wave when it starts to close down. Here you can just make a floater and ride away with a white water.
Carving 360. After bottom turn a rider makes a very fast 360 degree turn right on the lip in the direction where the wave is closing down. It is a very effective trick cause a surfer is spinning around so fast while doing it so it’s hard to recognize what is happening there.
Tail slide. During the fast turning a rider moves the weight of the body on to the front leg relieving the tail of the board at this and making it sliding the water. That way a surfer rides on the tail of his board. If you do the same but on the lip of the wave – it will be called Tail waft.
Among the air tricks the most popular are air reverses, alley oops, superman, different flips. A lot of air maneuvers came to surfing from skateboarding and have some similar features. A rider flies out of the wave, makes a trick there in the air with his board and lands on the same wave. Air tricks are very challenging, it needs high speed, careful choosing of the right section of the wave to jump and a lot of practice.
Barrel riding is a particular direction in surfing. At the contests it is also a separated discipline. All the surfers dream to find a tube wave and catch it. They are ready to cross the world in searching of it. And not everyone can ride it, cause it needs good knowledge and experience, confidence in your movements and posture on the board and complete absence of fear. Cause you have to ride that part of the wave which is the most challenging and risky for a surfer.
Longboard surfing also goes as a separate category. It looks like a dance on the board. And there are a lot you can perform there and have fun. For longboard tricks you have to know well how to move the weight of your body to travel on your board. You can make cross steps on the board, try to ride the nose of your board or perform different fun tricks like fins first take off or head standing.
Longboard tricks look very effective and always interesting to watch.
As you can see there are a lot of opportunities in surfing and things to do and to practice. You will definitely discover something for yourself, something close and individual for you. But the only way to find your style and learn all the maneuvers is to go surfing! So don’t postpone it, surf more, don’t give up when something goes wrong and we hope to meet you in the ocean performing all that tricks some day, good luck with it!;)