Morocco, Taghazout

Anchor Point Surf

So I have recently come back from a very nice little getaway in Taghazout, Morocco. We flew into Agadir, and after a little failed credit card scare we managed to get a deposit down for a car and set off to Taghazout.

I should make it clear that the only purpose of going to Morocco was to surf. Taghazout is effectively a small village that has numerous surf spots surrounding it. Thus unfortunately if you visit Taghazout with the view of experiencing the franticness of somewhere like Marrakech then you will be disappointed. Taghazout moves at a slow pace and they don’t rush for nobody. Great for a surf holiday.

So 7 days is all we had and the swell chart wasn’t showing much over 4 ft, but this is the beauty of Taghazout. There are 4 high quality point breaks within 10 minutes drive and many other beach breaks in the area. As such, you can drive around to find the spot with the smallest number in the line-up or the spot that is working the best depending on your choice. For instance, on one afternoon most of the spots were looking mushy and blown out, less than 3ft. We even sat in the car watching a break called Devil’s rock for well over an hour waiting for the tides to work their magic – but nothing changed. We then drove past numerous blown out spots till we got to ‘La Source’ (named as such because of a freshwater source). With every other spot offering such poor waves, La Source delivered the goods. Head high right handers, peeling from a couple of take off spots. 3 hours in the water and some seriously long rides later and we were toast – our arms felt like lead! A great example of different spots working with different conditions. We nearly just headed back to the hotel, but thank god we didn’t. Good waves and only 4 other people in the line up for hours!

Taghazout Surf

In short, Taghazout offers a larger variety of waves – albeit mostly rights. If you search hard enough you will find a sport with waves even if there is only 3 foot of swell. Each spot picks up the swell in its own way. Furthermore, it is a really good spot for those looking to improve considering the reasonably gentle take off on most waves – no air drops necessary. Most of the waves also present extended walls for those intermediates to practice their cut backs and top turns. It is also a pretty darn cheap trip – we ate sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, the flat breads cost 5 dirham (around 60 cents, or 40p) for 4 loaves which is incredibly good value….and it is awesome bread. It is because of the price and the variety of waves that means that I can wholeheartedly recommend Taghazout, Morocco as a surf destination. Even if you are an advanced surfer you can go and take Anchor Point, Safi, Boilers and the more advanced spots.

However, there are a couple of issues that you will want to consider before booking a trip to Morocco:
- Make sure you are reasonably fit. Some of the paddles out to take off spots are fairly long, for instance getting out to killers takes a good 10-15 minutes of steady paddling if you dont want to jump off the rocks.

- Take a fish. The waves are great but are fairly rolling so getting onto them with a performance short board requires either a white water take off or some seriously frantic paddling. If you have a wave magnet you will avoid paddling for countless waves without getting them, and therefore tiring yourself out immensely! This is probably the one thing that I truly desired but did not have.

- If you are surfing at Banana Point, watch out for clean up sets. We got worked by one 7 wave set that washed 15 guys down the beach about 300m.

– Be careful when drying clothes on your balcony, the wind can pick up over night and blow stuff off. Needless to say you will not see said items again. I lost a towel and a rash vest due to my own stupidity.

- Finally, and the most serious, pray for dry weather. The sewage system in Taghazout and surrounding towns and villages leaves a lot to be desired….and when I mean a lot to be desired I actually mean raw sewage flowing directly into the sea. Try to avoid surfing near Taghazout, we surfed a nice right hand point break next to Taghazout and when we got out we realised that we were surfing about 30 metres away from raw sewage. So we nicknamed it poo point and refused to surf there again. If it rains, DO NOT go in the water. Most of the sewage trickles and so is not a huge threat, but when it rains all the rubbish and crap get washed straight into the sea, and you don’t need me to tell you what happens if you get a mouthful of stagnant poo water! So pray for clear weather and steer clear of surfing right next to towns or villages.

Taghazout Pollution

Apart from these issues, Taghazout is a relaxed surf spot with loads of waves to choose from. It is relatively cheap and although the waves might not have the consistency of somewhere like Bali, they certainly have less people on them. Definitely a recommended getaway.

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