Windsurfing in Morocco

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Windsurfing in Morocco

Peggy & I just arrived in Essaouira, Morocco. I rented gear at Club Ion recommended by former Atlanta windsurfer, Alain Ciclet. We’re staying at a small family-run hotel, called a Riad. It’s a walk from the beach.

I wish I’d come here a month ago when I was in shape after windsurfing in Nags Head. Conditions are challenging with high winds, crossing sets of ocean swell & onshore waves. Water is 64F despite intense dessert sun. It’s a dramatic, but stimulating change in environment & culture.

There are a number of French tourists due to a direct flight that just opened from Paris, but otherwise it’s a fairly remote spot still retaining it’s local culture.

Barrett

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My, they have strange looking dogs roaming the beach there. btw, any sign of this guy?

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Tip of the day. Stay upwind of Boujmaa Guilloul

(He was very contrite afterwards.)

--- The Arrogant Jerk: Crabby and irritable since 1998.

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OUCH !!! It’s a plane, it’s a bird, no it’s a windsurfer dropping out of the sky. Good reason to wear a helmet.

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Today’s session at Essaouira was a lot more rewarding. I feel a bit like I’ve landed on a dessert planet for the filming of a Star Wars movie. The island across from the surfing beach has an ancient Moorish fort. When I came in for a rest, hooded riders on horses galloped by, and camels were resting all around. Thanks to Peggy for putting up with sand-blasting wind while getting photos of me in the surf.

Barrett

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How did you like the Fanatic STB?

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Don't take a camel ride. I took a camel ride once. I had to pay to get on and then pay again to get.

Welcome to Atlanta, where windsport dreams come true.

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Good advice Randy. We didn’t ride camels. Some are for riding and others appear to wander down to the beach in the afternoon. We were told they walk to a nearby “forest”. (groves of trees) and find food there.

I actually like my JP tri-fin, convertible freestyle wave better. I only use the thruster fins on my JP in wavy conditions & big wind like today. The back strap on the Stubby seems farther back than on my JP, and spun out when I shifted my weight forward to stay on a plane in the lulls. Maybe I’ll get used to it.

Barrett

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So Webster - did you loan him one of your boards with a custom nose job to take with him? Looks like yours, except for the paint.

Welcome to Atlanta, where windsport dreams come true.

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Randy, if I knew I could simply paint the front of the board white, it would have saved me a week from trying to find a match for that Mistral Flow green - I never did. Funny thing though, yesterday, two A-boxes arrived in the mail. I'm going to convert the other Flow into a tri-fin. That's why I was asking about it.

Now, back to the camel updates. Here, we just have those mundane geese walking about.

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Great pics, Barrett! You guys have a serious case of vacationitis....

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