Sahara Surf is a registered surf company based in Taghazout, Morocco, specialised in organising surf trips to all Morocco’s best surfing destinations. Sahara Surf was set up in order to keep doing what we love – going on surf trips, looking for new surf spots, surfing the best waves, and mainly to give our guests with a truly Moroccan surf experience.
We have a reputation for surfing the best waves, qualities of surf that people don’t think exists in Morocco. With over ten years surf guiding and exploring Morocco’s coastline, the experiences and local knowledge of the Sahara Surf team give us the advantage to score the best waves on our coastline on any given day.
Sahara Surf was established by Abdelilah Yafi who has lived on the coast of Agadir from the age of seven. During his ten years professional experience as a surf guide and surf instructor he’s done everything from guiding pros, giving kids and adults their first experiences of surf, to coaching junior surf teams. Holding a UCPA International Surf Instructor qualification with a current Moroccan Civil Protection life saving certificate Abdelilah is fluent in Moroccan Arabic, French and English.
Sahara Surf is truly run by a local and works with local guides and businesses. To find out more about us, about the quality of waves we surf and the places we go to with our guests log into our Facebook page Sahara Surf.
Surf: Top world class waves – Unsurfed and secret spots. There is a big chance that you will be the first ever to surf some surf spots.
Population: Roughly 260,000 – one of the least populated areas in the world.
Main towns: Laayoune and Dakhla
Main language: Arabic and Hassania
Currency: Moroccan dirham
Economic resources: Phosphate deposits, fishing and tourism.
Positives – Negatives:
Sahara is not an easy surf trip – expect long drives and hikes in the desert to get to surf spots.
Surf is totally empty, good and bad! If you see a surfer in the Sahara you feel like you wanna go have a chat. Generally you’re pretty much guaranteed to have the waves to yourself
There is a variety of quality waves – beach-breaks, point-breaks, reef and slabs.
The Sahrawians are friendly welcoming people.
Food in the Sahara is very cheap.
It’ll be blazing hot in the day and freezing cold at night.
Police check points before and after main cities.
There is no night life in the Sahara and there is only one bar where you can have alcohol.
Surfing the Sahara is a lifetime surf experience.
Taghazout is a well known surf destination. Taghazout village is located 16km north of Agadir in the biggest bay in Morocco. Taghazout offers unreal surf – Anchor Point, Mysteries, Killer Point, Draculas and Boilers are the famous surf spots along this stretch of coast. In the main surf season 80% of the surfers who come to Morocco stay in Taghazout, this means the point breaks and the village get very busy. There are other point breaks and spots north and south of Taghazout, so tripping a bit further out you’ll surf un-crowded spots and take in the unspoilt landscapes and traditional culture of Morocco.
Sidi Ifni is 120km south of Agadir, the road down to Sidi Ifni is the gateway to the Sahara. A picturesque little costal village, Sidi Ifni was built by the Spanish during their colonisation. Their influence is apparent in the white and blue of the buildings, a contrast to the typical reds and pinks in other parts of Morocco. Here there is great surf potential with a lot of secret spots between Taghazout and Sidi Ifni.
Safi is located about 320k north of Agadir. The point break of Safi is one of the ten best point breaks in the world. A swell of over 10 foot will wake this sleeping monster, delivering one of the most serious barrels. The old imperial city of Safi boasts one of Morocco’s most important ports, once considered the worlds’ sardine capital it remains one of the best places to eat sardines in Morocco. Safi is now an important centre for phosphate mining (you can’t miss the production plant before entering the city) and is known for producing pottery. If you have energy post surf you can explore the souks inside the Medina walls – a whole other world of fragrant spices, lilting music, beautiful buildings and historical monuments.