Session reports

Finally, I went to try Moulay, in Morocco, a historic windsurfing spot, for amazing waveriding. The spot gave me and my friend many hours in the water, and in the waves, and the stay in Essaouira was a real immersion in the Arab world, with its customs and traditions.

 

WINDSURFING, REPORT: MOULAY AND SURROUNDINGS, MOROCCO (4-13 / 06/2022)

In 2012, I was learning to glide in Porto Pollo, Sardinia. In 2022, I'm in Moulay (read also the detailed spot review).

 

Saturday, June 4th.

First day in Morocco: already full of "adventures" ....
To find the rental of the car, we cross the whole parking lot outside the airport of Marrakesh, and we discover that the rental "office" is a car parked under a tree ... A boy with the pigtails welcomes us, and delivers the car, and tells us: "be careful to the cops". We will understand soon ....

On the way to Essaouira, we are hungry. We stop at a cafe, where a little man prepares us an exquisite omelette to eat directly from the pot taking it with the bread ..., accompanied by mint tea. We spend 60 Dirham in all (6 euros). Welcome to Morocco!

Along the way, there are many policemen with mobile speed cameras. Shortly after a town, two of them stop us. They say we were driving at 72 km/h with a limit of 60. We negotiate a 40 Dirham fine, without a receipt .... Again, welcome to Morocco!

We arrive in Essaouira, where Edith welcomes us and hands us over the apartment, located in the Mogador residential complex. Excellent all fish dinner at their restaurant, located in the adjacent Riad Zahra hotel.

 

Sunday 5th June.

Today, we discover Moulay for the first time, and it still seems to us a fairly wild place ... Piero, an Italian camped here with his camper, will then tell us that, 30 years ago, when the spot was even less equipped, during summer, a community of about 200 people camped here, coming from all over Europe; and everything happened ...

In the morning, we sail with 4.2, to try the spot and in the afternoon with the 3.7, full power. Mid-afternoon, small but nice wave; then progressively more choppy water surface, because of the strong wind. The spot immediately turns out to be very didactic for waveriding, at least in these conditions.

 

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In the late afternoon, Soufiane Sahili, local Boujma's right hand man in the management of the rental center, and Yves Masnada enter into the water.

Soufiane is impressive. He also surfs logo high waves that break just before the leeward reef, almost completely uncovered by low tide. Perfect timing and technique allow him to do  radical bottoms and cut backs (see photos and videos shot by me), to close with a jibe on the foams, in balance, just before the rocks. Then, in the final phase of the session, he enjoys performing back and push loops. He's amazing.

 

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Saturday and Sunday, 11-12 June.

The last two days, Morocco does not give us wind. We take the opportunity to explore and learn more about Essaouira, and the coast to the South.

In Essaouira, we have breakfast at the "Driss" pastry shop, we walk in the alleys, we enter the shops, and we visit the port. The latter is a profound  experience of the East world, for the babel of people busy selling, buying, loading and unloading, etc; for the strong smell of the exposed fish, just caught, and for the miasma coming from the pavement. They offer us to eat freshly caught fish, grilled, in a stall in the port, but we prefer to eat it in those just outside the entrance to the port, if only so as not to bear the nauseating background smell.

On Saturday afternoon, we go to see Cap Sim, a spot for windsurfing and surfing, interesting but uncomfortable to reach (long final dirt road), and we visit the beach of Sidi Kouki. 

On Sunday, moreover, we take a trip to Imssouane, 1.5 hours by car, south of Essaouira, a scenically suggestive place, and with some Mediterranean houses on the beach (but also with too much waste in some parts of the beach). But above all, a spot for surfing with spectacular waves (at least, with good swell).

 

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The holiday is coming to an end. It's time to start packaging.

Comparisons and balances are inevitable at the end of this adventure.

South Africa remains unsurpassed, in terms of available spots, and of 360-degree travel experience. The Omani wave is probably the best I've ever ridden (but Masirah, apart from windsurfing, offers almost nothing else). The views of Galicia and Portugal are not ot be discussed. 

But Moulay gave us a great experience among the waves: it is very didactic, and it has given us a lot of wind and a lot of sessions this week.

Sooner or later, I will be back.

Insciall√°. Fabio

 

Click here, for the slidegalleries of the windsurfing sessions: 5 june; 6 june; 7 june; 8 june, 9 june.

Click here, for the slidegallery of panoramas in Essaouira and its surroundings

 

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