Spots reviews

For those interested in trying Moulay, in Morocco, for windsurfing, we publish this review of the spot that we received by Giuseppe Polix, a roman rider. Giuseppe tells us about a spot that ensures wind and waves, even in the hart of summer.


Windsurfing, spot review: Moulay (Essaouira), Morocco

The start

After South Africa (read review), we threw ourselves into a new adventure, accepting Gigi Le Carrò's invite. He is a good friend, as well as a great professional instructor, who organized from 26 May to 2 June a wave refining clinic at the Moulay, in Morocco, home-spot also of the very strong PWA/IWT athlete, Boujmaa Guillol.

I start from Rome Airport with Ryanair, with a friend of mine, while the other guys leave from Milan Malpensa with Easyjet. The appointment is at the airport of Marrakech, where, once completed the entry procedures and rent a Fiat Panda, we leave for Moulay. The journey is quite long, about 200 kms. Along the way, we see bizarre episodes: people traveling on horse-drawn carts, donkeys grazing at the side of the road, and along the villages encountered, people crossing roads without too much notice to local traffic.


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We opt for comfort and proximity to the spot, instead of a more touristic and lively place (Essaouira): we stay at the Lawama hotel, located directly on the spot.

The hotel is not really a 5-star hotel, and you need to have to be tolerant, and do not pay too much attention if some fly flutters in the structure.

The hotel has 4 double rooms, and a multiple room, with 5 beds. It offers a beautiful terrace where you can relax in the central hours and get some sun, and enjoy beautiful sunsets, in the evening, at the end of the session. Breakfast in the morning is very rich: croissants, nutella, toast, butter and jam, orange juice and espresso. Even in the evening, if you do not decide to go to Essaouira it has many dishes served in different alternatives.


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Conditions of the spot, and suggested equipment

The conditions of the swell and the intensity of the wind can vary greatly. It is enough to remember that in April, during the PWA, there was a real storm with waves that exceeded the 4 meters abundantly. We were lucky, catching only the first day 20 knots with sails from 4.7-5.0, and for the following days, 25 knots as average with peaks of 30, and gusts up to 35 knots; waves could range from one meter up to peaks of 2.5 meters.

In the water, personally, I mainly used a 4.2 sail, and sometimes even the 3.7. The wind is mostly side, even if, sometimes, it was a bit from the sea (side-on) and gusty; at other times, almost always in the afternoon after 4 pm, you have side-off wind condition, reinforcing and offering good level waves of about 2-2.5 meters.
The spot works on starboard tack. Recommended boards: 75-80 liters (for intermediate weight riders), and not too radical boards to overcome shorebreak, and wind holes.



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School and storage windsurfing centers

Moulay is not a real village, but a small grouping of houses; so, do not expect Saint Tropez.... But if you love to immerse yourself in the wilderness, exchange a chat with the champion Boujmaa, and you want guaranteed wind, and wave, in the months of June, July, and August, then you may like the place.

As I said, there are two centers for renting equipment. First of all, you have the BoujXsports center of the homonymous champion, which has Starboard boards and Severne sails. For a week, 300 euros are required for renting the equipment.

A little further on, there is the Magic Fun by Bruno and Cecilia, which features Fanatic boards and North sails. Take note that on the second floor of their structure, there is the largest meeting of surfers, to have lunch with snacks and salads served by the kind Cecilia. The food is very cheap.

The local currency is the Diram which is worth 1/10th of Euro (change rate for summer 2018). Thus, 100 Diram are traded at around 10 euros. They also accept euros, and the cost of a salad is 50 diram/5 euros.


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The water is not particularly cold: the ideal is a 4/3 mm wetsuit. Surf shoes are strongly recommended, as you have a rock plateau on the sea bottom, not sharp, but still rock. For those with delicate hands, the use of gloves is recommended; because of the long exposure to the photonic wind, prolonged in the days, the hands tend to peel off.

Me and my friend appreciated so much the place that we extended our stay until June 7, having had wind every day. You are in contact with surfers who come from all over Europe, and you have the opportunity to exchange tips and make friends. The Moroccan people are friendly, and within 4 hours from most of European countries, you have an excellent windy spot, and with waves for the summer, and you will not be disappointed.

The sunsets over the sea horizon are magnificent, too.

Ciao. Polix

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A nice video that gives a sharp idea of the spot


And a video which shows Moulay with challenging conditions

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