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An African Surf Documentary

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The Beyond Surf Movie Travel Journal
Day 40 / Tarfaya, Southern Morocco

Photos by Felix Gänsicke, Judith Recher / Lupi Spuma
Text by Andreas Jaritz

Leaving well known Sidi Ifni and lesser known Tan Tan Plage behind without scoring a lot of waves we head further south. It’s a monotonous day’s ride for our mini convoy to Tarfaya. The seemingly constant military and police checkpoints slow us down considerably.

Tarfaya is a small town situated literally in the middle of nowhere. Even before we arrived we envisioned it as a remote outpost of civilization, surrounded by an arid, harsh and menacing environment. Maybe that preconception was heavily influenced by “The Little Prince” creator Saint-Exupéry’s memorable stories about doing service as a pilot for the French colonial authorities many decades ago. Maybe not. Either way, it’s remote.

This leg of the trip takes us closer and closer to the Western Sahara, a disputed area in the very south of Morocco. For the first time it offers us a glimpse of what a real adventurous endeavor we’ve undertaken. The drive on the empty, vast and never-ending highway turns into an apocalyptic ride towards a diabolic sunset. Two burning fires spitting toxic smoke welcome us as we roll into town. It has all the trappings of a very uncertain night. Maybe we shouldn’t have watched so much Mad Max back home.

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