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Surfing in Morocco: One week at the Offshore surf camp in Tamraght

Chasing the last sunlights before the start of the winter is possible in Morocco.

November is the start of the season – with the first winter swell arriving – for any surf camp located in the area of Agadir. Especially, there are two villages well known for being the surf Mecca: Taghazout and Tamraght.

Waves start to kick out from November till March, with a good peak in December. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the weather as Morocco is blessed with lots of sun and warm temperature all year around.

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Surfing in Morocco: Offshore surf camp

Offshore is a brand new surf camp is located above a hill in Tamragh, a quiet fishing village just 10 min. walking from the beach. What makes the difference from others places is to be really chill, relaxing and intimate.

This means that there won’t be big groups during your stay but you will have the chance to have a warm welcome  from the lovely staff that works there.

What I liked the most was the flexibility they have with customers. Going to a small camp has the benefit to have a bit more of attention in the every day life.

On my first day I was drop off by the taxi driver at the house where one of the surf instructor was waiting for me. We skip all the procedures, I left my bag in the room and he brought me directly at the beach to join the group for the afternoon session. In 30 min. I was already in the salt water 🙂

 

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Surfing in Morocco: Daily routine

Every day I had a delicious breakfast on the roof with the view of the ocean and the first sunlight warming up my face. Such a good way to start the day!

If you are brave enough to wake up early –  not my case – there is also a yoga session at 7.30 am on the second rooftop.

Around 10.00 am was time to go surfing. The pick up was bringing the group to the ‘best’ spot – as they said – but I noticed that during the week we did not go so far from the village. We mostly visit spots around Tamraght, and that’s it.

Note that most of beginners/intermediate spots are beach breaks. Point breaks seem to be more for intermediate/advanced.

The morning session for beginners and intermediate is with the surf instructor that tries to combine teaching and coaching. I believe that having a small number of people doesn’t make them require two separates instructors, even dough skills of students are pretty different and might affect the learning process.

 

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The break was at the beach is aroud 1 pm. Here we had time to rest and take new energy from the tasty packed lunch prepared for all of us from the chef and mom of the house, Loubina.

Afternoon session could start whenever students wanted to go back into the water as it is without any guidance, and ended at 4 pm (the latest).

The rest of the day was free! We could decide to be drop off at Tamraght, instead of the camp, to have a smootie in one of the bar of the village – my Fav is Babakoul – or have a look to the small shops.

Dinner time was at 8 pm – right after a magical sunset – and every day we had different Moroccan dishes. I loved all of them! You could serve yourself as many time you wanted but everyone knew how to keep space for the final surprise, the dessert.

On the weekend there were some events going on like on friday, when went out for dinner together, there was a jam session at Amouage, another surf camp with a bar and surf shop open to everubody.

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Surfing in Morocco: Good to know

Money

Cards aren’t widely accepted outside big cities and tourist resorts. That’s why once you arrive at the airport, you will need to withdraw some cash. ATMs in Morocco have a maximum withdrawal that is 2000 MAD, around 200 Euros.

If you do not have time, or you forgot, you can ask to the staff at the camp to drive you at the ATM in Banana village, just 5 min. by car from Tamraght.

Anyway, you won’t need to spend a lot of money during your stay as everything is already included in the Surf package. In one week, I’ve just paid for some snacks, dinner out and taxi.

Alcohol 

As you know, Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol and this is the reason why in a small village like Tamraght, there are no nearby shops that sell alcohol. However, it doesn’t mean that you won’t find it anywhere, it is just a bit difficult when you are outside tourist areas.

The best option is to bring alcohol from duty free, or ask your driver to stop at an alcohol shop along the way to the camp.

Water

First rule when you arrive in Morocco is to not drink the tap water.

What I really appreciated in this camp are the small attentions given to the environment.

To minimalize the plastic usage, they suggest to guests to bring a reusable water bottle as they will provide water (from big tank bought at the supermarket) during the stay. In this way, nobody will have to throw away plastic bottles every day. Easy and smart!

Souk

Wednesday is the souk day!

Visiting the souk, the typical market, is one of the most exciting and popular activities to do in Morocco. It can be chaotic, but it shows you the authentic daily life.

The souk in Banana village is the nearest, smaller than the one in Agadir, and more traditional as you will find just fresh food products: fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices etc. to buy at cheap prices. Do not miss it 🙂

Morocco has so much to discover, its culture make it interesting for us coming from Europe and its land has lots hidden treasures to see. I’ll for sure come back!

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