Nick, the coach’s eye
We want to share our experiences of Morocco with others, and remove the hassle that can go with surf exploration in this country (for one, the coastline is so long where do you start?) but also to get people immersed in the culture of this very special part of Africa. I find it best to look at travelling abroad with paddle boards as an entertaining process, beginning with charming the check-in desk dragons, then lashing them to the rental car roof to the raised eyebrows of the staff there, and then the daily transportation of these big pieces of equipment throughout the adventure that is Morocco.
Everyone’s boards arrived without a scratch and from day one Morocco delivered its usual high quota of sunshine and fun point breaks. Mirleft has surf spots for all levels of sup surfing with really fun sheltered spots to seek out when it gets big, as well as ways to enjoy those enormous storm swells too. I have been going on surf trips to Morocco for the last twenty years but still find employing a local guide as part of your group ensures the best spot is surfed on each particular day. Mohamed ‘Surfer’ is our guide; his local knowledge really is second to none.
“ You know when you find the perfect wave and everything aligns as you want it to? As a photographer I get that same feeling of stoke when a photograph lines
up exactly how I wanted it to ” Greg Dennis
He is a character and has all the places dialled whatever rolls in, plus he’s also very handy to have in the water as extra safety cover. Safety and prevention is of utmost importance when surfing remote spots in Morocco as there are no rescue services. When I set up Sup Surf Morocco, I trained myself up to level 5 remote access first aid to top off the NARS lifesaving and ISA SUP instructor quals I already had; when you’re off the beaten track, knowledge, and the ability to improvise, is everything. With all the salient details covered, everyone is free to get on with the business of surfing their brains out. The highlight of this trip for me was being able to take the guys to surf good quality point breaks, often only with us out, and realising that everyone around me was having the waves of their lives.