A One Month Surf Trip to Morocco Captured in 12 Film Photos

Anna Ehrgott & Meg Haywood Sullivan spend a month in North Africa marinating in the culture and ocean

A One Month Surf Trip to Morocco Captured in 12 Film Photos

Author

Anna Ehrgott

Photographer

Anna Ehrgott

Camera

Bell & Howell Canon FP

Film

Kodak Portra 400

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Anna Ehrgott is a surfer, photographer, designer, environmentalist, and founder of Sagebrush Board Bags. Follow Anna on Instagram for more dreamy surf and adventure photography from around the world.

A short while ago, as summer approached in the western hemisphere, 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. For one month Morocco would be home, and our jobs to surf and explore.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"The veggie tagine dishes, countless right point breaks, and the unmistakable silence of the desert all nudged this forward-thinking country to a warm place in our hearts."

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Published 07-07-2017

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