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Arriving in Taghazout

We pull into down under heavy rains, flooded streets, wind and a blown out, polluted ocean. Taghazout is our first stop in the central Moroccan region. It’s the opening of the actual quest for waves and surf-themed stories for the Beyond film shoot.

Photos by Judith Recher / LUPI SPUMA
Text by Andreas Jaritz

The traveling surfer expects Taghazout to be sunny and hot with warm water. The smell of traditional Moroccan tea mingling with reggae tunes dance together on the airwaves while perfect, rolling right-handers pumping through Taghazout Bay. Sadly, the dream is far from the reality.

Arriving in mid October, we pull into down under heavy rains, flooded streets, wind and a blown out, polluted ocean. Taghazout is our first stop in the central Moroccan region. It’s the opening of the actual quest for waves and surf-themed stories for the Beyond film shoot.

 

To be fair, we knew that shooting surfing in mid October in Taghazout might not be the best bet. The surf in October can be small, fickle and far from the classic Moroccan-style energy everybody has come to expect when solid swells hit the coast and the Atlas mountains and provide stable light offshore breezes. Low season was really low season when we arrived, but due to our tight shooting schedule this is what we got. With three months of shooting from Morocco to Senegal we had no choice but to pass through Taghazout during October. Eventually we ended up coming back months later for more proper Taghazout-style surf action shooting.

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