One Month in Morocco
Three old friends head to North Africa in search of surf and adventure
Bell & Howell Canon FP
Kodak Portra 400
A short while ago, as California’s spring came to an end, and summer close on its tail, two close friends and I lugged our board bags filled with longboards, shortboards, a couple cameras, and a few outfits to the Northwestern corner of Africa. Along for the ride was Meg Haywood Sullivan, a full-time photographer, and Lisa Sheldon, a hobby photographer who, like myself, mainly shoots on old film cameras for shits and giggles.
Our first week was a blur of food poisoning and hunting down lost luggage—our beloved surfboards bounced between airports, seemingly playing cat and mouse, with us being the surf-stoked cats clawing for our illusive yet precious cargo. Upon securing our board bags though, all fell into place.
We met the Atlantic Ocean with its arms swinging wide open lefts to soft sand. Only issue was the sand was so soft our truck got stuck for a good part of the night upon arrival… so maybe there were a few more hurdles to jump. Nonetheless, the veggie tagine dishes, countless right point breaks, serene sea cliffs, and the unmistakable silence of the desert all nudged this forward-thinking country to a warm place in our hearts.
We surfed close to every day from then on out, never tiring of the lengthy peeling waves, long paddles back, and the combination of warm sun and chilly water. It’s kind of like having the heater on and windows down during a long night’s drive. Something of sentimental value due to its comforting nature.
In the end a month in Morocco gave me time to marinate in the culture and let the sweetness of the people seep in—a taste of something I can't put my finger on, but can only hope to experience again someday soon.