Anchor Point Spot Guide

About Anchor Point

Anchor Point is Morocco's most legendary wave. It's a long right point that runs along a rock shelf, with hollow sections and lots of room for high-performance surfing. It's easy location in the town of Taghazout and its consistency in the winter months make it the center of surfing in the region, although there are at least four world-class breaks within driving distance, so the crowd spreads out and epic sessions abound. Anchor Point can hold any size swell up to triple-overhead and beyond, making it the go-to spot when the swell is macking.

The wave itself peaks on the outside in front of a rock-shelf point with a small takeoff zone. As it rolls down the line it offers several sections that pitch and barrel at different tides. The paddle-out can be daunting, necessitating a timed jump off slippery rocks, and the inexperienced hesitate and can be doomed. But the paddle-in is worse when a big swell is running, as the whitewash batters the same rocks and makes luck and timing essential. As with most spots in Morocco, low tide is a must. Even a solid swell can go inconsistent and mushy at high tide. The lower tide, the better, and more hollow.

Source: Anchor Point Surf Guide at Surfline

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Newer surfers better to surf elsewhere when the point is working.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Aggro to clueless.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Most crowded wave in the country.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

A world class wave on the right day and tide.

Shoulder Burn

Exhausting

Light Exhausting

Long paddles and lots of water moving on big days.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Not great.

Additional Information

Hazards

Crowds.

Access

Easy to find. Gnarly paddle out and in.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish

Seabed

Rocky pointbreak.

Best Season

Fall into winter as the North Atlantic storm track gets active.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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