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Kitesurfing and Windsurfing in Morocco

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Best time: April–November (all year round)

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Strong Atlantic winds, temperate climate, and extensive coastline make Morocco an excellent destination for windsurfers and kitesurfers. Since the country sits between the North African Desert and the Azores, it's exposed to north-easterly trade wind all year round, but especially during the summer months. Starting from Essaouria region and moving south, strong thermal winds blow the strongest from July until August. The wind is usually consistent throughout the whole season from April until November.

Morocco can be very hot during the summer, but thanks to Atlantic breeze Essaouira enjoys moderate temperatures of about 20°C (68 °F). It also has a lot of facilities focused on wind sports. Essaouira, often called the wind capital of Africa, is equally famous for windsurfing and kitesurfing and attract beginners, intermediates, and advanced riders. A large sandy beach features several rentals and schools. If it gets too crowded, it's possible to move south to nearby Sidi Kaouki or north to Moulay Bouzerktoune.

Oualidia also has a rental station and school by the lagoon. Azemmour beach, between Casablanca and Essaouira, has a few surf schools and rentals too.

Dakhla, located in the south next to Western Sahara, is an excellent spot with consistent winds. Beginners will appreciate a sheltered lagoon with flat water, while experienced riders enjoy the Atlantic swell. The area has many surfer camps. Agadir also boasts excellent recreational opportunities and offers excellent kitesurfing and windsurfing.

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When is the peak season for kitesurfing and windsurfing in Morocco?

April to November is the peak season for kitesurfing and windsurfing in Morocco. The country's location between the north African desert and the Azores brings northeastern trade winds throughout the year. Essaouira has consistent wind throughout the season and experiences the strongest winds from July to August. The temperature ranges from 20°C (68 °F) and, although summers can be extreme, the Atlantic breeze maintains the temperature. Choose from Essaouira, Sidi Kaouki, Moulay Bouzerktoune, Oualidia, Azemmour Beach, Dakhla, and Agadir for a great experience. Show more

What are the top locations for kitesurfing and windsurfing in Morocco?

Morocco offers some great spots for kitesurfing and windsurfing, attracting riders of all levels. Essaouira is the top choice due to consistent wind, although Sidi Kaouki and Moulay Bouzerktoune are also great. Oualidia has a rental station by its lagoon and Azemmour Beach between Casablanca and Essaouira has surf schools and rentals. Dakhla is located in the south and boasts flat water, making it perfect for beginners. Agadir is also an excellent location for wind-based water sports. Show more

What is the temperature of the water like in Morocco during the high season for kitesurfing and windsurfing?

The warm season from April to November offers relatively warm water temperatures for kite surfing and windsurfing based on location in Morocco with Essaouira being average at around 20°C (68 °F) due to the Atlantic breeze while Dakhla in the South tends to have significantly warmer temperatures. The summer months have even warmer conditions making wetsuits optional. However, wearing a wetsuit in winter is recommended to keep warm. Show more

Is it possible to rent kitesurfing and windsurfing gear in Morocco?

Rental stations can be found along Morocco's coast in Essaouira, Sidi Kaouki, Moulay Bouzerktoune, Oualidia, Azemmour Beach, Dakhla, and Agadir as well as many surfer camps in Dakhla offering kitesurfing and windsurfing gear. This makes it easier for visitors to engage in these activities comfortably. The clubs rent and provide lessons for both beginners and advanced riders. Show more

What are some safety tips for kitesurfing and windsurfing in Morocco?

When engaging in kitesurfing or windsurfing in Morocco, it's vital to wear a leash that connects the board to the rider and carry a life vest. The rider must keep a close watch on weather conditions, wind speed, direction, and tides. Dakhla, which is one of the recommendations, can be pretty remote, so it is best to be well-prepared and carry safety devices such as signaling equipment or communication tools in case of any accidents. Show more

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