vrijdag 7 januari 2011

Surf & Yoga Holiday in Morocco

Last summer I started learning how to surf and I love it. When the waves where up, after office hours, you could often find me at the Scheveningen Beach (near the head of the harbour) improving my surfskills. During that time I thought I was tough enough to practice it in wintertime here in Holland... but it seems I am a bit of a wuss and the water and wind are a bit to cold for my likings.

So, today I am busy looking for a nice surfing holiday, I don't want to travel to far (so no Bali for now) but do need good - read: warm - weather conditions :). And I think I found the perfect spot Surfing and Yoga in Morocco. There are a couple of organisations that offer this type of holiday, but SurfMaroc sounds pretty good. What do you think, if you've been there please tell me about your experience?

A day at Surf Maroc from Surf Maroc on Vimeo.
General info
Our coaches provide safe, fun, rewarding surf lessons for all abilities.  Morocco’s year round good climate and huge variety of waves mean that it’s the perfect place to learn and progress.  From small, easy waves for learning on to rolling point breaks, this region has it all.  And with our local knowledge, top quality coaches and equipment, there is no better place to learn and improve your surfing.
Our experience of teaching yoga to surfers has enabled us to develop a technique which keeps the surfing muscles strong and supple. For beginners and experienced surfers yoga is an essential practice in developing the mental and physical strength required to surf and keep surfing.  It’s a sublime combination.

Villa Mandala is the best accommodation Surf Maroc offers, it’s a real treat. Each of the 8 rooms is unique and has a real feel of quality; sprinkled with trinkets and designed to a theme. There are 4 ocean facing rooms, 2 of which are en suite and 4 with spectacular mountain views. There are 4 large bathrooms for the remaining 6 bedrooms.

After each revitalising morning yoga class, quench your thirst with cleansing smoothies, freshly squeezed orange juice, special herbal teas & freshly brewed Moroccan coffee. Enjoy hot bread fresh from the village bakery, local honey, jams, yoghurts, eggs, crepes, dried fruits, nuts and a rainbow platter of seasonal fruits.  Sit back, relax & take time over a sun-filled breakfast banquet beside the glistening waters of the ocean front swimming pool. The perfect way to ease into each day!
Lunch is a picnic on the beach comprising of crispy baguettes with homemade veggie patés, salads and cheeses, energy boosting treats and fresh fruit.
At sunset, our fantastic local chefs, create an irresistible array of traditional and contemporary Moroccan & international dishes.  From a delectable display of tapas by the pool, to aromatic tagines, subtly spiced cous cous, vegetarian delights and divine desserts. A star lit mouthwatering feast is guaranteed to delight every palette.

A typical day
7.30–9.30  Dynamic, invigorating morning yoga class.
10.00–11.00 Big nourishing breakfast.
11.30–3.30 Surfing, beach time & other activities*
5.00–6.30 Sunset, restorative, relaxing & meditative yoga
7.30–9.00 Delicious vegetarian dinner. Evening relaxation
*Extra Activities (optional extras): hammam, (traditional Moroccan steam bath), massage, day trips to Essaouira, Agadir and the local souqs, horse riding, quad biking and camel riding.  All activities are easily arranged during your stay upon request, please see FAQs for more info.

Also check out this blog by Dale Adams. He is a Freelance Photographer working alongside Surf Maroc in the righthand riddled pointbreak area of Taghazout, Morocco.
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