Last-minute tips before going on a surfing holiday in Morocco
Whether you’re going on a surfing holiday, or planning to get lessons for the first time, Morocco is a great – albeit perhaps surprising – destination.
But don’t just take our word for it. The Huffington Post says just how friendly and welcoming the country is, putting to rest any concerns you may have had.
Once you’ve learned to surf, you’ll be returning to Morocco’s coast to master your skill. But before you head off, pay attention to our last-minute tips for surfing holidays in the great country:
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There are, in fact, numerous popular surf resorts along Morocco’s coast. But, as with any holiday, it’s important to check out reviews whilst you’re planning and booking.
Finding honest assessments from travel bloggers and journalists gives you an insight into what you can expect from different resorts and areas. Reading what they’ve got to say will help you identify a holiday to suit your tastes and preferences.
Listen to your instructors and stay within your ability
Unless you want to embarrass yourself, don’t assume you know more than the instructors. They’re there to teach you or help you improve. Focus and you’ll get more out of the sessions.
Try and set yourself a target of completing one surf maneuver or skill, rather than trying to master loads of different tricks. Change your commitment once you can successfully pull it off. Try lowering your center of gravity or adjusting your feet as you surf as some starting points.
Learn to spot when a wave is breaking
Knowing where to paddle to find the next big wave is something you’ll learn about the more you surf. But Surfer Today has some great tips for beginners:
Look at the horizon line
When a set is coming, compare the skyline with the wave’s angle
Identify the highest point of the wave
The side with the steepest angle/slope down is the direction of the breaking wave
The direction of the breaking wave is the direction you should ride
Learning how to read waves will improve your time out in the water massively. You can even watch surfing videos in slow motion to watch it all happening.
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You’ll enjoy yourself much more if you’re relaxed. Some people worry about the risks of surfing – including the popular belief that shark attacks are common. But out of 480 species of sharks, only three are responsible for fatal attacks on humans. So that’s one less thing to worry about – you can check out this shark map for more information.
And as long as you’re picking surf spots for your ability, learning the right way to paddle out (e.g. not paddling around someone) and following key surfing etiquette, you’ll have a great time.
Have you been surfing in Morocco? Share your experiences and tips with us.