Anchor Point: the Moroccan world-class wave is open to the world

January 16, 2020 | Travel
Anchor Point: the Moroccan surfing jewel | Photo: WSL

Anchor Point is arguably one of the most famous and popular surf spots in Morocco.

With 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers) of coastline, the North Africa nation is among the best surf destinations in the world.

Taghazout Bay is one of the finest Moroccan stops for amateur and professional surfers, looking for adventure, sensations, and total escape.

The region is a laid-back eco-resort famous for its pristine surf spots, beautiful landscapes, and is home to genuine experiences within the Agadir region.

Ramzi Boukhiam is the star of Moroccan surfing. The 26-year-old charger is regarded as one of the best-ever professional surfers from the country.

The former junior runner-up in the world to Gabriel Medina in 2013 and past winner on the Qualifying Series (QS) in Zarautz, Anglet, and Lacanau knows the long right-handers to perfection.

"This is where I grew up, and Anchor Point is definitely one of my favorite waves in the world," said Boukhiam.

"Everything started there for me; it holds a really special place in my heart. This is Morocco's surf Mecca."

"Everything in Taghazout is surf-centric, and everybody there lives for the ocean and the waves. There's just an awesome vibe, and people are super friendly and welcoming."

Anchor Point is a legendary right-hand point break that shines in all its glory with long-period northwest swells. The wave can be surfed in all tides and allows intermediate and advanced riders to carve, throw airs, and get barreled on the same wave.

But there are also several spots nearby worth a visit - Killer Point, La Source, Hash Point, Panoramas, Devil's Rock, and Banana Beach.

Anchor Point: one of Taghazout Bay's best surf spots | Photo: WSL

Taghazout Bat: Morocco's Seven Mile Miracle

The ambassador for Moroccan surfing, who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics representing Morocco, has also helped pave the way for younger generations like Redouane Regragui, Aboubakar Bouaouda, Selyann Zouhir, and Neil Aboufiras.

Big wave specialist Othmane Choufani, long-time World Surf League (WSL) competitor Abdel El Harim, and a few locals also help develop the attractiveness of Morocco as a world-class surf destination.

"Surfing is a key component to attract visitors to the region and an essential way to develop cultural and touristic activities," notes Mohammed Kadmiri, president of the Royal Moroccan Surfing Federation.

The JBay-esque rights at Anchor Point may be the jewel of the coast, but the Taghazout area is Morocco's very own seven-mile miracle with a flurry of waves suitable to all levels of surfers.

"The Société d'Aménagement et de Promotion de la Station de Taghazout (SAPST) has put sustainability at the heart of its development," underlines a representative of local authorities.

"It's a new generation resort with an emphasis on sports and leisure with a golf academy, tennis and football fields, as well as the surf obviously."

"We have always considered the conservation and promotion of the waves a priority. We also want to give everyone involved a very special experience in this exceptional environment and have planned multiple activations, both cultural and festive."

The inaugural Pro Taghazout Bay - a WSL QS 5,000 event - is set to unfold from January 25 to February 1, 2020. The historic contest could very well change the history of Moroccan surfing forever.

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