A saying for travellers goes; you never know what the place is like until you get there. And a similar saying goes for surfers; you never know how the waves are until you paddle out there.

Last month I rented an apartment in Taghazout with Andre whom I often surfed with in Senegal. We were actually kind of stuck in Taghazout for the whole February due mainly to the fact that we didn't have a car: my international driver's license was stolen in Lombok in April last year and Andre was not old enough, he was only nineteen, so neither of us could rent a car legally.
My surf in and around Taghazout this past February was nothing superb. Apparently, a super-storm called Hercules which devastated the coastline of Europe about two months ago completely changed the sandbank for Anchor Point. Thus, I often had better waves at Killer Point, La Source and Mystery than Anchor.

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Honestly speaking, I was not satisfied at all about the wave-quality in Taghazout and the town of Taghazout itself: it was like Kuta, Bali without loud Aussies. Therefore, as soon as Andre flew back to Germany, I took a coach bus in the early morning of February 27th to the north, to a city where very few tourist attractions are and many ugly chemical-producing factories are built up along the coast.

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There is only one surfable spot in this city, and I went there because a rumour amongst experienced surfers was echoing in my ears - this spot has world-class waves if it's on. "If it's on...."

And lucky me! It turned ON not only once but twice during my stay in this city.
The first one was last Saturday when the swell was 6 to 8ft with very light offshore winds. I was totally blown away by the waves I caught at this spot - clean, fast, hollow and powerful. It was such a quality wave that made my whinging mouth shut and kept me just grinning for the rest of the day :-)

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A very little interval after this first swell last Saturday, the second swell jetted in this Tuesday. And with no exaggeration, as all major surf-forecasts showed insane figures such as 12 to 15ft with 18 to 20sec periods, it turned out to be twice bigger than the first swell.

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The photos below only show the beginning of my session on this day: I stopped taking photos in a short while as some serious bombs started coming in with the pushing tide.

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I found the waves at this spot quite similar to those in Tofino, Mozambique - the bottom is rocks covered with a lot of sand, and a proper barrel is guaranteed as long as there is a huge swell with moderate or strong offshore winds blowing then.
During this session I saw a couple of guys making a real stand-up barrel and also a few nasty wipe-outs. I started to feel undergunned because my board was only 6ft long.... I unwisely underestimated what this spot was being reputed to be. It was indeed a world-class wave without a doubt and even having a semi-gun out there might not have been a bad choice at all to thunder through those intimidatingly big hollow waves.

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What a score in Morocco after anchoring myself way too long last month in Taghazout with shabby Anchor Point. I'm now happy enough to dry up my wetsuits and pack up my boards.

So, some of you might now be wondering where the hell this spot is, right?
Well, as much as I take great advantage of one of mankind's best inventions so-called the Internet while I'm on the road, I have a strong feeling against today's ease of finding everything in this cyberspace. Yes, you will soon find out where this spot is if you spend a few minutes online. But remember the saying for surfers? You'll never know how fast, hollow and powerful those waves are until you paddle out there.


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I know this place hehe…
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