Bodyboarding’s final frontier.
Explore the untapped potential of Africa and its mythical waves like you’ve never done before. Join our Secret Morocco or North African Adventure bodyboard holiday and experience a trip like no other as you surf long desert points, weave through ancient souks, camp under the stars and relax in hidden Hammams.
Check out our range of trips below and find the perfect one for you:
The Strait of Gibraltar that separates Europe from Africa is only 9-miles wide, yet the cultural, anthropological, linguistic and topographic differences of the two continents could not be greater. Africa is a continent of dizzying diversity where you’ll find epic mountain ranges, true wilderness, ancient cities, sweeping deserts, deplorable corruption, kindhearted hospitality and kms of unexplored coastline.
In under an hour of leaving the relative calmness of the Spanish coast, you arrive in Tangier, Morocco, the gateway to the great African continent. As you cautiously drive off the ferry you are bombarded with an extravagance of exotic new sights, smells and sounds that define foreignness, – your senses are alive, and you feel like you’re truly travelling! A stop on the surfers’ path since the 1950s, Morocco still has the allure of empty long right points, endless sunshine, boundless generosity and off the beaten track adventure.
A brief History
The Kingdom of Morocco is a sovereign state of 34 million people strategically located at the entry to the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, its coastal lands were prized areas for the former empires that ruled the Mediterranean. – Beginning with the Phoenicians, to the Romans, the Visigoths, the Vandals, the and the Byzantine Empire. Later, in the 7th century, came the Arabs conquest which brought Islam and Arab culture. From 1912 Morocco was a protectorate of France prior to its independence in 1956. Morocco is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences.
Today Morocco is a fast-developing country. The main industries are textiles and tourism. As surfing becomes ever more popular, surf tourism has also become an important part of the economy.
Ever more pros are heading there to surf world class waves and uncover the country’s true potential. Visit before it’s too late, true adventure for an intrepid traveler awaits.
The climate in Morocco changes dramatically from region to region. You can expect pleasant year-round Mediterranean sunshine and light Atlantic sea breezes in the coastal areas, but drier and hotter in the country’s inner regions, reaching sub-Saharan temperatures in the deserts closer to its Western border with Algeria.
In the water you’ll still need a 3/2mm wetsuit, as the water temperature varies between 16 °C (61 °F) in winter and 22 °C (72 °F) in summer. Regardless of the season, you’ll still be able to chill out in board shorts on the beach.
Type of Waves
With 1,835 kms of Atlantic coast, Morocco offers a lot more than its famous point breaks. It has abundance of waves for every ability, including awesome bodyboarding wedges and beachbreaks, and a huge potential for exploration of empty waves in the south.
Swells track north down the coast from the Atlantic and having propagated so far from their source are mostly of a long period. Dominant winds are from the north-west to north-east and anything that has even a fraction of east in it can set the whole region pumping.
There can be few rawer places on the planet than Southern Morocco where the Sahara desert meets the Atlantic, and where we run our bi-annual bodyboard holidays. Stretching for 600kms from Agadir to the disputed border with Western Sahara, this is an untapped area for surfing, where towns are lost in time and the night’s sky is a match for the northern lights.
Anchor Point is renowned for consistency, long heavy waves ranging from 3ft – 15ft, with rides of 300m – 500m long. This surf break is a mix of sand and reef bottom with 3 different sections where you can go for cover ups or bust maneuvers.
Named after the boiler of a shipwreck that can be seen as the waves form, this is one of the most thrilling spots. Boilers is considered the most challenging break in the region, an awe-inspiring surf spot that draws professional photographers in search of the ultimate surfing image.
Despite world-class waves, the beaches around Dakar are still little known and uncrowded – the perfect spot for a surfing safari. Two of the hottest spots on the mainland are Secret Spot and the world-class Ouakam right, a horseshoe bay on the southern shore which sees powerful waves during winter. N’gor Island, Senegal’s most famous wave is the right-hander at N’gor beach on the 500m long N’Gor Island, made famous in the classic 1964 surfing film ‘Endless Summer’.
From east to west all along the 3000kms of coastline is an abundance of awesome spots to be surfed, making South Africa the surfing paradise it is.
J-Bay is one of the most famous surfing destinations in the world, hosting the annual Billabong pro surf comp at Supertubes. Located in the rugged Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Supertubes in J-Bay is said to be one of the fastest and most perfectly formed waves in the world.
Durban, ‘The Bay of Plenty’ is South Africa’s surfing capital with regular swells and good wind conditions creating good quality year-round surf. The swell generally gets bigger the further north you travel, and there are plenty of world-class waves for all levels of experience. It’s no wonder such bodyboarders as Andre Botha, Iain Campbell, Jared Houston and Tristan Roberts learnt their trade here.
Tofo, is a world-famous right-hand reef break near the town of Inhambane, and is considered the best surf spot in the country.
Skeleton Bay in Namibia has the best lefthander in the world. It is a remote, untamed and an epic surf spot that unleashes unforgettable left-hand barrels.
What to expect
As Morocco’s pun-tastic tourism slogan has it, there’s so ‘Much Mor’ to see here.
Things to do
Enjoying Morocco starts with nothing more strenuous than its national pastime – people-watching in a street cafe with a coffee or a mint tea. Use the opportunity to plan your next moves – hiking up North Africa’s highest peak, learning to roll couscous, camel trekking in the desert, shopping in the souks, relaxing in a hammam or getting the barrel of your life in Secret Moroco.
With 50 countries travelled under my belt, Moroccans are some of the kindest, genuine and sincerest people you’ll ever meet.
Due to the country’s geography and history, Moroccan cuisine has elements of Arab, Mediterranean and Berber traditional ingredients and cooking techniques. For your first meal is likely to be a tagine (Arabic for shallow pot), with varying combinations of vegetables, meat and couscous. For those with a sweet tooth, the staggering amount of French inspired sweets and pastries on display at a Moroccan dessert stall is a vision of heaven.
The quintessential Moroccan experience includes haggling with shopkeepers while navigating the labyrinthine souks, hunting for hidden leather tanneries, and bartering down the price for the recently discovered elixir of life, argan oil.
Mint Tea, with enough sugar to give you type 2 diabetes, is Morocco’s national drink. It dates back to the 19th century when British merchants became stranded off the coast and had to offload their cargos. A great way to kick back and relax as you wait for the tide to turn.