It was the middle of winter and we desperately wanted a week in the sun. What better a way than to fly down to Africa for an evening surf in Tagazouht, Morocco.
I was staying at a friends in London after just come back from a snowboarding trip in Austria, It was 5.00am and I made my way through London to meet up with Rory, Benji & Jenkins at Gatwick Airport. They kindly drove my Board and some more appropriate clothes for than my snowboard gear down with them, true friends. I swapped cases and was ready to surf Morocco.
Thanks to easyjet we could pick up return flights for less than £100 including the extra surf board charges etc (make sure you book your luggage in advance, it halves the price!). The flights are only about 3 1/2 hours to Agadir. From there we rented a car as we know we were going to need transport for hunting waves down anyway. A car for the week was about £180, split 4 ways this wasn’t too bad plus it saved us organising the transport from Agadir airport to Tagazouht and back.
One of the guys had arranged accommodation for the week with Surf Berbere. I can’t remember the exact price we paid each but I’m guessing it was around £100. The apartment was clean, the toilet and shower worked well and the views were great. Taghazout is a dry town, no alcohol is available to purchase there although it is legal so we made a trip back to Agadir supermarket and stocked up on Wine and beer for the week.
All of the guys over there were really helpful, it had a friendly chilled out atmosphere about it and so we would quite often head round there for a few beers after dinner. The top of the building is a really nice place to chill, listen to music and just enjoy the amazing panoramic views. Although I am used to the kind of travel where you never book accommodation in advance and just turn up and see what happens (Asia) I have to admit that for a weeks holiday this is defiantly the more sensible option. I would recommend if you are planning a trip like this to give them a call and have a chat, last time I looked you could just Skype them from their website, nice. When we did it they were really helpful.
What can I say, I miss the restaurants in Taghazout! You get olives and bread before every meal, something which should be standard everywhere in the world! The olives are amazing, the dishes in the restaurants were all really good and you had a wide choice, you could get dinner for well under £5 and a big breakfast for under £3.
For a good surf breakfast I recommend the “Complet” breakfast at “Le Spot”. You ge Tea/coffee, Juice, yoghurt, fruit, 2 eggs, ham, tomatoes, chips (yes chips in the morning!? but somehow they go well), loads of bread, butter and jam. Try it, you wont look back.
For a gormet meal try Auberge down by the the beach, they have some really nice food at a reasonable price, plus they have free wifi.
The swell could have been better while we were in town but you just have to take what you can get when you only have a week. Killer point and Boilers were firing everyday but that meant they were packed because there were no other choices. We all still managed to get in at least one good surf a day.
Well we all did With the exception of me… On the second day I was walking across the bay in waist high water and got stung by something, at first I thought I had stood on glass. I later found out It was a Weever fish sting and that they are potentially fatal!
Everyone else was still out back and they had the car keys so I had so sit there and hope whatever had just stung me wasn’t going to kill me.. I couldn’t walk and there was no one else around to help. It was one of the longest hours of my life but eventually the guys came in and we headed straight for the nearest pharmacy, I don’t know what the liquid it was they put on me but within 2 minutes I could walk again. It still hurt for a few weeks after that but with 24 hours rest and some strong pain killers I was back in the water.
The rest of the week flew by as it always does, we had some fun nights out and met a group of 20 doctors from Latvia who we’re partying on the roof of our building. After the first night they had the earned the nickname name team Latvia. One day when the swell was at its worst we rented long boards and surfed Panoramas , When in Rome.
The journey home was a dry lunch, I had been away travelling for over a month and it had managed to take the edge off a cold winter down in South West Wales but it was time to go back home. There is only one thing to do in that situation…. Start planning the next trip.