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Surf dudes the world over rate Morocco's southern Atlantic coast one of the world's best places to catch waves. There has recently been something of a surfer boom in the region. Today there are about 25 surf schools, many run by foreigners who came to surf and then simply couldn't tear themselves away. Board rentals tend to cost about 200 DH. An hour's training generally costs 300 DH, and a week's worth of lessons can go for between 2,500 DH and 4,000 DH. Here's a rundown of some of the top spots:
At the small village of Taghazoute, 22 km (14 mi) north of Agadir, is the famed Anchor Point (Les pointes des ancres). This pleasant bay among the rocky peaks attracts pro surfers from around the world for its point breaks of more than a kilometer. British surfers in the 1970s named it Anchor Point after the nearby row of anchors that used to secure an enormous fishing net to catch tuna. The best surf here is October through February.
Cap Rhir, jutting out into the ocean 40 km (25 mi) north of Agadir, is well known for its large waves. Farther north still, the divers' favorite, Imesouane, is also great for surfers. Beginners especially can benefit from the long portal wave.
South of Agadir, experienced surfers can try to catch the Cathedral and Rif waves, while farther south still, Sidi Ifni and Massa are quieter spots with lovely beach breaks. Mirleft has a beautiful beach, with great surf spots; it's a reminder of how hippie and empty Essaouira once was.
Aftas Trip. In Mirleft, south of Agadir, Aftas Trip is a surf-school and guest house that can also arrange diving. 0666/02-65-37. www.aftastrip.com.
École de Nautisme. Situated at the north end of Agadir beach, look for the white tent on the beach. This company offers a wide range of water sports and instruction, including for windsurfing, kite-surfing, beach-kayaking, catamaran sailing, and surfing. 0666/24–52–66.
Surf Town Morocco. This surf school and guesthouse is 14 km (9 mi) north of Agadir in Tamraght. Instructors can take you to surfer favorites like Boiler, Killer Point, and Devil's Rock. Half-day surfing instruction begins at 300 DH per person. Inexpensive accommodation are also available with half-board. 0664/47-81-76. www.surftownmorocco.com.
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