Morocco's usually known for its peeling, flawless right hand pointbreaks. But in the kingdom of never-ending regular footed heaven, there's at lease one left, too – if you don't mind a slabby, thick-lipped, heavy-narling, spitting juggernaut of a keg that is; only accessible by a ski, boat or some sort of sheer paddle will power.
Only two protagonists here, Othmane Choufani, aka the froth lord and Ismail Benlamlih, under the lens of Amine Nader aka Morocco Surf Photography -- who was right in the zone when this colossal fresh run of swell blasted Africa and the Canary Islands a of couple days ago. (More on the Canaries, real soon)
Live cam: Anchor Point.
“This was one of the best days of Moroccan big wave surfing since Hercules, it was just amazing.” said Otho. “I haven't seen conditions like this. It was just two of us for six hours. I took a 6'6” and it was kind of light for the conditions, you know. Looking at the footage I wish I was deeper, but with that board it was so hard to stall – I've learned though, ordered a new one. Going to work on something heavier, a bit smaller. And get deeper in the barrel if we get another day like this.
“Ismail lives in Aus, and he never drove a ski before. I kind of forced him out there [laughs]. I was directing him exactly where I wanted to be dropped. But he pulled it off.
“There's not many people who surf this wave and to get a big left hand barrel in the land of rights is just amazing. I was screaming the whole session – just me and one mate. So excited.”
The borders to Morocco remain closed, hopefully opening on New Year's Eve. “Morocco has been quiet for a few weeks now. It's hard,” said Otho. “Surf tourism is hurting right now and it kind of sucks to be honest.” Feel in need of a trip? Keep an eye on the country's guidance for when things are due to open up.