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Surf Girl in Morocco


Blonde, pale, a little bit ditzy and definitely not a pro surfer; so here it is..my first trip to Morocco!
I’d heard many a story (maybe true, probably not) regarding young females travelling in Morocco. It had made me nervous and yet as I sit slightly burnt on a roof top terrace four weeks after that initial presumption I can’t believe I had any doubts.

Taghazout is filled with wonderfully crazy individuals, most vying for attention but always in a charming and unobtrusive way. It is an invaded village taken over by the rest of the ‘Western world’ and although you know you are in Morocco– the burning heat, the camels, the melodic chant of the mosque- it is still predominantly geared towards the influx of tourists looking for winter sun and consistent surf. It is not surprising that when you walk through the streets the locals hoot, whistle and barter all for a little slice of your wallet. You feel like everyone is looking at you, you might feel a little self conscious but if you just take a look around you realise it is not just you it is everyone.

I am a beginner and surfing in Morocco is great fun, long sandy beaches make it ideal for me.  The Moroccan instructors have grown up surfing this area they know the rips, currents and tides better than anyone. It makes you feel at ease even if you are a little nervous to start with.
I enjoy being in the ocean but I’m not an everyday surf kind of girl, I like variety. Although Taghazout is a surf village and that really is about it, there are plenty of activities to participate in if you are like me. From quadbiking to camel riding, maybe an overnight stay in the desert under the stars; there is so much to see and never enough time.
I spent one very interesting afternoon in the Souk trawling from stall to stall fascinated by the colours and vibrancy. My friend and I were invited for tea in a spice shop which was dubiously accepted and subsequently spent the next 30 minutes being talked through various herbs and their remedies something I will certainly never forget and would definitely recommend.
Many people have written about travelling in Morocco and mostly about the surf, the culture and pitfalls of this incredible country. I have seen the worst of this area but also the best, the oasis that is Paradise valley, the perfect peeling waves rolling off Anka Point and the taste of fresh sardines on the barby. All in all I have not had a better four weeks and very much looking forward  to my return trip.

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