Did you know that Morocco is a perfect beach and surf destination? If you are looking for some killer breaks, check out the Taghazout Surf.
Take a moment to think about your personal prerequisites for a travel destination. Where would you want to go next and why? We usually seek for hidden gems and unexplored territory, places that sound exotic and different. Every trip is like a little piece of delicious cake from the giant pastry planet earth and of course we want to try them all.
Morocco started to appear on our wish list from the day we knew that we would be living in Spain for a while. My association with this country was a very limited version, but I am sure it is a common one. I expected to see the Sahara Desert, ride on a camel and learn a bit about the barber culture. Maybe I could see myself wander through narrow streets of Marrakesh, try Moroccan Tea and exotic spices.
Starting our trip in Marrakech, we experienced the organized chaos of honking cars, dusty streets and bargaining salesman. We took a trip through the Atlas Mountains and witnessed a beautiful sunset from the back of a camel. After a classic Moroccan meal, we listened to the songs of some Barbers and finally camped under the stars in the Sahara Desert.
The first days in Morocco were amazing and I would not miss these experiences for the world. If you plan a visit to Morocco, make sure to bring enough for a little sandy desert adventure.
What we did not have in mind before visiting Morocco was sandy beaches and amazing surf breaks. The Atlantic coast line has endless stretches of beautiful sand beaches and waves that every surfer dreams of. Greg and I had been surfing before and we sure enjoy a taste of surfer life every once in a while.
However, I cannot claim to fully have understood the surf culture until I tried the Taghazout surf. One week with the Original Surf Camp taught me what it means to “shred the gnar” and to read waves, wind, and breaks.
Upon arrival, we were introduced to the owner of one of the many camps promoting Taghazout Surf. The Orinignal Surf Camp is located just a stone throw away from the stunning coast south of Agadir. This place is an oasis not only for surfer, but for passionate travelers like you and me. In search of a relaxed and welcoming place to hang out for a few days, it was the perfect find.
The Original Surf Camp
Greg and I stayed with Abdellah and his crew for 4 days and could have easily extended out trip. The Camp consists of a four story building, including several private and one cosy community room. The space has a pool table and spacious rooftop terrace, ideal for relaxing and socializing. The community room also functions as a dining hall for breakfast and dinner, which are included in the price. All meals are prepared by a Moroccan chef and will make you fall in love with the Moroccan Cuisine immediately.
I could spend hours talking about the accommodation, the welcoming staff and unbelievably tasty food. But the treat continues. Our stay at the Taghazout Surf Camp was not only extremely comfortable, but exciting, challenging and inspiring.
A surf camp would not be a surf camp if the daily activity did not include riding a few waves. Devils Rock is one of many beautiful bays along the Taghazout surf coast and is perfect for all beginners, intermediates and advanced surfers. The Surf Camp’s local instructors were amazing and taught us patiently how to get up on the board again and again. By the end of the week, we did not only manage to stand, but were able to read most waves like an open book.
The surf, food, and atmosphere in the camp are reasons enough to stay at the Original Surf Camp for a few weeks. For me however, Taghazout surf would not have been half as inspiring without the daily Yoga sessions.
Combining Surf & Yoga
Some of you might not yet have experienced a real yoga practice and would prefer working out with a surf board. Totally finde. Nevertheless, I can only encourage everyone to give the combination of surf and yoga a try. The sunset and sunrise session on the rooftop of the Original Surf Camp are something special, I promise.
Combining both yoga and surf sessions will make understand what makes surfers like yoga and yoga people love surf. These seemingly completely different exercises are surprisingly similar and complement each other in a beautiful way. Feeling the flow of movement and strength of your own body makes you become one with the board while riding the wave.
But even if you don’t enjoy surfing, don’t believe in energy flows and breathing technics – You will love your stay at the Original Surf Camp! Lean back and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, work on your tan or make lifelong travel friends. There is a little something about this place to fall in love with for every soul.
I hope that my writing can express a portion of the happiness and inspiration I have gained from our Taghazout surf experience. In case you already plan on visiting Morocco or are still looking to find your next surf destination, definitely stay with these guys. A big thanks to Abdellah and his crew at the Original Surf Camp! It has been amazing to share these days with you and we hope to see you again soon.
Greg and Nellie
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