If I had to choose my favourite country for surfing and traveling, Morocco would rank quite high on that list. Even though I have visited Morocco for the first time this year, there has been something that convinced me of its magic. The incredible coastal roads, the friendly people, the diverse surf spots and the delicous food fascinated me so much that I have to struggle hard to not just pack my bags and return. Morrocan tea, tajine, paradise valley, breathtaking sunsets from rooftops, smooth waves, the warm climate, and tons of other reasons have casted a spell over my friend Mariam and me.
Part of our great time has also been one week with Sabine and Zakaria from Magic Surf Morocco in Tamraght, who made sure we were not bored, not even for a minute.
When we left our previous surf camp behind to find Magic Surf Morocco, we were lost. We didn’t even have a clue how to find our surf accommodation. And of course we didn’t have an address and no telephone number. And we were too late. But we were in Morocco. So no worries. The first person we met helped us out immediately. He called the manager Zak and guided us to the camp in Tamraght within no time. We didn’t even park our car when Sabine already appeared with a big grin.
She introduced us to our new home. And we were… well, quite impressed. Inside the place was wonderful pool and the last sun rays were shining on the red building, while the sun was dropping beyond the horizon. The rooms range from private doubles to bigger rooms with space for 4 people. The coolest rooms are definitely the ones on the top. They have an incredible view over the roofs of Tamraght and you can see the ocean. All rooms are cleaned every single day without any charge.
The rooftop is huge and has a lot of space to hang out together after a long day of surfing. And yes, there is wifi in Morocco and also at this place. By the way, the receptionist turned out to be the coolest, old Moroccan guy and could speak fluently in German.
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Zak and Sabine.
The kind-hearted managers Zak and Sabine always spread a good mood, even in the early morning hours (finally I found an early bird like me, thanks Sabine). Zak grew up in Morocco and started surfing with the age of 12. Sabine escaped her life in France and fell in love with Morocco.
Every morning after breakfast the two picked us up to start our day and showed us around. We went surfing, eating,
shopping bargaining on the market in Agadir, we went partying, we relaxed while having a massage and hamam, we explored secret caves and just had a great time together.
Together with a group of eight French boys from Montpellier (bodyboarders and surfers) we were driving around every day to find a surfspot that was perfect for everyone: beginner to advanced. If you had asked me about surf guiding two years ago I would have started laughing! Why do I need a guide? I am independent. I had surf lessons already. I know the most important skills and rules. And I definitely can surf on my own. But it turned out to be the best thing we could have done. We went to places I would have never entered on my own, as there has not been a single surfer out there …. but as soon as being in the water I got so many unbelievable waves. While I also tend to stick to one spot I like, Zak drove us to a variety of places with different conditions. Some were easy, some challenging, some empty, some packed with people and with every spot my friend Mariam and I improved ourselves and learnt new skills. We went to Banana Point, The 11, Devil’s Rock, Crocs, Anchor Point, Boilers (just for watching) and Mysteries.
Perfect time to go: October – April
Beginner Spots: Crocs, Devil’s Rock, Panoramas
Intermediate Spots: Crocs, Devil’s Rock, Panoramas, La Source, Mysteries, Banana Point
Advanced spots: Tamri, Boilers, Killer Point, Anchor Point
Go go go.
Ok I have to admit it. Sometimes I am afraid of the waves. And of these strong, self-confident, fast surfer guys, who get every single wave. So I tend to leave the waves for others instead of trying harder. But when we were surfing in a group everyone screamed: Go… go… GOOOOOOO! Just three short words. But the best confidence booster ever! Especially Zak and our French surf group motivated me every day again to be more self-confident and catch more waves.
Sabine always made sure to get the best food for us. Our favourite meal was Couscous at the local restaurant o’14 at the surfspot Devil’s Rock. If you ever go there make sure to try the Couscous! It was spiced with cinnamon and has been food porn for all our senses.
But also the dinner in the camp has always been yummy and consisted of three courses: entry, main dish and a dessert. The menu ranged from couscous to tajine to pasta to fish to BBQ (and much more). The breakfast consisted of bread, eggs, yoghurt, cereals, cheese, fruits, fresh orange juice, coffee, tea and traditional Moroccan pastries. When the weather is warm and sunny you can enjoy the food outside in the inner courtyard or, when it’s too chilly, in a special room with comfortable couches.
One thing Sabine told us was “You have to try a traditional Moroccan massage and hammam“. Ok, let’s do it. Mariam and I had a deal. One person would get a massage. The other one would try hammam. The coin decided. Mariam got the massage and I had the pleasure to try hammam for the first time of my life. But what am I actually talking about? Hammam is a steam bath and an integral part of the Moroccan culture. It is considered to be sacred and is part of the life routine of most Moroccans.
I had to undress myself in a locker room and was leaded to a tiled room. The room was warm and hot water was running to the inside of bucket. First I was acclimatized to the heat and the Hammam lady put hot water over all of my body while I was lying on a mat on a bench. Afterwards she coated my whole body with black ‘savon noir’, a natural soap that is made from olive oil. With a special hammam glove she scraped it and peeled it all off again. The glove felt a bit like sandpaper but the lady seemed to know what she is doing. So I just tried to relax. Afterwards she coated my face with a ‘ghassoul’ clay mask. She cleaned my hair, my face and my whole body. After one hour I have probably been cleaner than ever in my whole life. I felt like newborn. Before I left, I was lead to room with benches where I could listen to relaxing music and just chill out for a little. My friend Mariam was in the same room and she felt more than relaxed as well.
Normally I travel with my friends. And they are surfing as well. So no one actually takes pictures while we are surfing (unless the GoPro is doing its job). But thanks to Sabine all our surf moments were captured and will constantly remind us of this magic trip.
So much fun.
When you have to sit in front of your laptop in a packed library every day (where you only get a good seat when you arrive at the library not a single minute later than 8 a.m.), then your life is a bit depressing sometimes. That’s why I decided for myself: I need a creative break. I need to clear my mind, I need to escape for a little while and I NEED TO HAVE SOME MORE FUN IN MY LIFE. While I had a bad conscience when booking my flight in the first place, I told myself: I need this. I need to relax, I need to get some sun and just leave all my work behind for a short time. And it turned out to be the best decision I have made. I was feeling free again. Like a new person. The moment I took the first breath on Moroccan ground I knew I would love it! And I did. I might not have caught as many waves as on my last trip to Indonesia. But I just loved Morocco. The people. The landscape. I even loved bargaining. And that’s also where Sabine and Zak come into play. The two showed us great spots, always had a laugh with us and just made us feel like home.
When we didn’t go surfing, Zak and Sabine showed us some other treasures of Morocco. And one day we got the pleasure to go stone surfing. And this is how it happened:
One week went by way too fast. And we wanted to do so much more stuff. We wanted to have more sunset BBQs, we wanted to go camel riding, we wanted to surf even more, do yoga while the sun is dropping and go to further surf spots, such as Mirleft or Immsouane. Well, maybe not this time, but at least we have a reason to come back.
Zak and Sabine, thanks for your patience, your good vibe, your time and all the great memories we had together. We hope to see you soon. Marie & Mariam.