Surfing in Morocco
Surfing in Morocco (Gui Seiz/Flickr)

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Surfing in Morocco

Surfing in Morocco

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Morocco became a surfing hot spot in the 1950s, when beach bums flocked in from Europe. But it didn’t enter American consciousness until Kelly Slater began frequenting the winter swell a few years ago. The long, consistent surf of ­Morocco’s Atlantic Coast has inspired dozens of surf camps. This month, Access Trips launches an eight-day adventure that mixes in the country’s rich culture. Start in Marrakesh, where the open-air market and Jamaa el-Fna, a town square filled with snake charmers and fortune-tellers, make for good people watching. From there it’s off to the modern coastal city of Agadir, 150 miles southwest. After three days surfing beginner or expert breaks, head to the 13,000-foot High Atlas Mountains, three hours northeast. Hiking in view of snowcapped peaks and through traditional villages is the perfect precursor to the local tagine and lamb couscous. From $2,140.

From Outside Magazine, Sep 2012 Lead Photo: Gui Seiz/Flickr