Surfing is an activity enjoyed by many across the world. It’s a great sport for keeping fit, and being outside in the fresh air is wonderful for the soul and improves mental wellbeing. Furthermore, it strengthens muscles and builds up your core.
There are lots of great places to surf in the world, and one of the most popular is Morocco. In Morocco the waves are a surfer’s dream and there are lots of beaches to choose from with 1,835 KM of coastline. The sandy beaches are beautiful and smooth and the best place to spend glorious sunny days.
If you’re planning a trip to Morocco for a surfing adventure, it’s important you choose the right school. So, let’s look at some top schools in the area and what they offer.
1. Surf Maroc
Surf mardoc offers complete packages for beginners and intermediate surfers. Instructors will provide a comprehensive teaching program tailored to your specific needs and ability. They provide all the equipment needed and will take you to the best beaches for an exhilarating experience.
Included in the packages is oceanfront accommodation, full board options, daily surf coaching and transport when venturing further afield. You can choose from a variety of accommodation; The Amouage is a boutique hotel that provides some luxury at the end of your day’s surfing. It boasts a spa, rooftop yoga garden as well as a bar and pool (if you crave more nautical experiences post surf). The hotel offers several room types; double, twin, and bunks.
For a more social experience, check out the Taghazout Villa. The guesthouse has a wonderful vibe and is ideal for meeting like-minded people, you may very well meet some friends for life. The rooms are colorful and relaxed, and many have stunning oceanfront views.
Lessons will include learning about the waves and the theories behind it, as well as hands-on experience in the water and plenty of opportunities to practice what you learn. In addition, they also offer a girls only surf package for beginners and advanced surfers. Lessons are provided each day for 2 hours, with free surf time later in the day.
Many of the packages also include Yoga as part of an all-in-one healthy retreat.
Pro Surf is located in Tamraght, a small village north of Agadir. Its location at the edge of the Atlantic is a popular surfing spot and has wild beaches and lots of tourists.
Pro Surf offers several packages, beginners, intermediate, and surf & yoga. The beginners package will take you through all you need to know, such as balancing on the board and how to catch the waves. The instructors will give individual attention to those that need it.
The intermediate level package will help those with some experience improve and head to the next level. Instructors will analyze your skills and provide feedback to help you work on your surfing goals.
Seven day packages include accommodation and all meals as well as transport, lessons, and equipment. The accommodation benefits from being located high up with fantastic views of the ocean, providing a wonderful space to relax after a hard days’ activity.
With all the activity you are likely to work up a serious appetite. Chef Karima is a fabulous cook and makes delicious authentic Moroccan food as well as healthy omelettes with fresh fruit available at every meal.
Check out their website for some awesome videos and information about the history of surfing and the best surf location.
This surf camp in Taghazout offers experienced surf coaches to help you along your surfing journey. You’ll receive 2.5 hours of lessons each morning and the opportunity to practice in the afternoon under supervision. Sessions are in groups of 8 and every week there are sessions organized to discuss everything learned.
For those who are more experienced at surfing, they offer a surf guide where you can learn more advanced surfing techniques. Furthermore, the instructors will take you to some of the best surf spots in Morocco. Anchor Point is a very famous area of the continent and has amazing right-hand point breaks. You can also find giant swells that provide an outstanding surf experience. And it’s only a 15-minute walk! The only downside is that it can get very crowded in high season, so it may be good to go at sunset; beautiful too!
The accommodation is located beachside in Taghazout and the beaches offer some of the best surf breaks in the world. Furthermore, the surf house has a lovely rooftop terrace where you can enjoy healthy breakfasts and traditional food as well as meeting fellow surf lovers and like-minded people. When you’re not surfing or relaxing you can enjoy the surf movies shown on the big screen, what’s not to love.
This cute little surf club is extremely popular. Surf lovers come together to enjoy the surf alongside yoga. They offer more affordable lessons than the bigger schools and have a wealth of knowledge about the best local surf spots. The small group instruction means you will receive more attention, increasing learning opportunities.
If you are an experienced surfer then you can take advantage of the Longboard Special package that is ideal for the adrenaline junkie and those that enjoy nose riding, hang five aficionados. The package also includes sunrise and surest yoga to help you relax after a full day’s activity.
This surf club was created by an experienced Moroccan surfer, so your learning requirements will be in safe hands and you can also learn about Moroccan culture. In addition, you will enjoy local cuisine that is authentic and tasty.
Their surf only packages include 7 nights accommodation, 2 daily guided surf sessions, equipment and wetsuit rental, video analysis and all meals. You can even enjoy surf sessions whilst watching the sun set or rise.
They offer double, twin or 2/4 bunks rooms that are ideal if you are travelling with friends. Rooms are simple and comfortable and benefit from balconies and wonderful views across the ocean.
With year-round surf opportunities, Aftas Surf House offers a fantastic surfing package. The stunning beach house accommodation offers private apartments with balconies that feel like you’re sitting in the water, a wonderful accompaniment for your nautical adventure. You can even fish from your apartment window!
Surf coaching is available for beginners or intermediates, who will take you to the best parts of the beach for the ultimate surf experience. The activity packed day usually starts at 9am with a lavish breakfast to set you up for the day. By 10:30 you’ll be heading off to the best waves. Lessons last 2 hours, after which you’ll enjoy some downtime with a picnic on the beach. From 2pm you can practice what you’ve learned with some guided free surfing with some relaxation time at 4. A truly unique experience and opportunity to make lifelong memories.
Located in the small surf village of Tamraght, this school offers lessons to all levels. They pride themselves on small group sizes (1-4) offering greater flexibility and personalized training.
The local coastline is magnificent and offers a plethora of perfect surf spots for surfing. The all-inclusive packages take the stress out of organization.
The beginner package includes lesson, kit hire, theory, and feedback. You will learn all about safety on the waves and how to get to know the waves themselves. You’ll find out how to handle your surfboard and how to handle it on the water. The all-inclusive packages include everything from accommodation to transport and food. All you need to do is turn up.
The intermediate package takes you to the next skill level. Instructors will help you increase the speed and frequency of the waves and progress with different maneuvers and develop your surf style.
The advanced surf guiding will help you be aware of rip currents and the best places to surf. They will guide you along some of the most awesome hidden gems along the Moroccan coastline. You must already know how to duck dive, surf point and reef breaks and be confident with rocky surf breaks and paddling out at entry points.
Sharka Surf also offers 1-1 surf lessons for those that want individualized attention; these sessions are also good for young children.
Another surf school in Taghazout. This spot is perfect as it provides year round waves that are safe from any dangerous rips, making it a perfect place to learn how to surf. All instructors are fully accredited and with years of experience in surfing behind them.
Beginners will learn all about handling equipment, safety on the beach, how to handle the waves, how to change directions and so much more. Intermediate classes will teach you advanced skills such as turtle rolls, duck dives, positioning and turns.
As well as the usual packages, this unique school offers a surf and turf desert combination. The experience starts in Marrakech, where you will sleep one night under the stars and then join one of the resident camels for a trip through the sandy desert. A unique addition to surfing the waves.
8. The Spot
Professional coaching from experts makes The Spot the place to learn! They provide hands on coaching in the water and all instructors are fully qualified as surf teachers and lifeguards. They offer a variety of choices of lessons.
The accommodation is warm and comforting with stylish rooms that cater for 1-2 or 3-4 people. It has all modern facilities and is a comfortable environment to return to post surf.
You can choose one lesson, 3 or 5. All equipment and wetsuits are included. They also offer a package deal which includes accommodation, breakfast, and lunch.
Online reviews are fantastic for this school. Many comment on the wonderful hospitality and glorious traditional food provided. Furthermore, it is in a central location near to local markets and art galleries in case you need a break from surfing (but you probably won’t). Prices are competitive, and they offer several pancakes to suit all budgets.
Local Surf Maroc is run by Rachid and Christina. They offer a friendly and personalized program of surf coaching for all levels. They are super passionate about surfing and that enthusiasm is contagious, making learning an absolute pleasure.
They offer 1-1 coaching as well as small groups and offer theory lessons alongside hands- on training. To support what you learn during lessons, they also offer online coaching to allow you to continue learning after formal lessons.
10. Star Surf Camp
The owner of Star Surf is Reda. Having travelled all over the world surfing on the Rip Curl team, he has now utilized his skills and experience to create a professional surf camp attracting many across the world. The camp is a stone’s throw away from the beach with 4 surf spots that offer different types of waves.
They offer three surf packages; Surf B&B which includes 7 nights accommodation, breakfast and all surf facilities, Zen, and Surf package which includes accommodation, lessons, high tea, all food and yoga as well as a trip to Paradise Valley.
The environment at Star Surf is a wonderful experience. The camp benefits from a beautiful roof terrace where you can relax after surfing and enjoy cocktails at sunset and get to know others from the camp. The website has a gallery with lovely photos of what to expect, well worth checking out.
Star Surf also offers kids-only lessons or instruction for the whole family. All coaches are DBS checked, first aid trained and kid’s can join from the age of 8. It is the perfect club for a family surfing holiday. They also plan special evenings for all the family to enjoy and socialize with others.
We hope this handy guide to Surf clubs and lessons in Morocco will inspire you to plan your next adventure.