x

Log in or Sign up to Surfergalaxy

Connect from your social networks

The minimum recommended age is 14 years

Anchor Point

Anchor Point

Taghazout - South Morocco, Morocco

Surf

Anchor Point is located in Taghazout village, 20 kilometres north of Agadir. It was a Berber camp that became an obligatory stop off point for adventurous Europeans travelling to the south of Morocco in the sixties. Not long after, some pioneering travellers who were also surfers, from Australia and North America, spread the word about the good waves that they saw there. It’s a rough and rocky coastline where, along with Anchor Point, there are other nearby world class waves like Killers, Draculas and Boilers. There are also more accessible options for those that are progressing like Hash Point, Devil’s Rock, Banana Beach and Panoramas.

In this remote corner of Morocco, the excellent swells reach there following the storms which are generated thousands of kilometres away in the North Atlantic. The swells that arrive are very good quality because of the elevated fetch from the origin. In addition, the winter offshore winds along this part of the coast are constant and all of this together brings the best surfers, mostly from Europe, to this zone which is sometimes called the African Indonesia. Despite what it may seem, the influx in the winter is very high, but this decreases as the size goes up and the conditions become more difficult, something which is usual in December, January and February. When this happens, it’s the good local Moroccans that dominate the peak on the outside. 

Taghazout is just a 5 hour flight away from London and even less from Paris or Madrid. The destination airports are Agadir or Marrakech and from there it’s advisable to rent a car. Once you’re in Taghazout, it’s not difficult to find accommodation as the village is used to receiving many surfers from all over the world. Anchor Point is a 300 m long world class wave, and is for example, the favourite wave of Yassine Ramdani, the Moroccan surfer with the most projection, or the known Abdel el Harim. It’s the most popular wave in Morocco, and if you manage to get a glassy Moroccan sunset with typical red skies it could be one of the sessions of your life. In the winter, it’s advisable to take extra boards and of course you should try the local food and the typical tea.

Anchor-Point-surf  

Conditions

The best time to visit is from October to April when the NW swell is constant. A minimum of 3 mm is recommended as although its latitude position means it has a good climate and mild air temperature, the water is cool, around 16 to 18 degrees. The best conditions are with low tide, around 6 to 8 feet, and NE wind. This is what turns it into one of the best waves in the world which is long, fast and has a lot of push, especially in the final section where barrels are normal.

Anchor collects enough swell but it needs a solid swell that passes at least six feet groundswell to have at least 3 or 4 feet waves. The limit is with 20 foot swells, with those the waves reach between 12 and 14 feet. With these conditions it’s a heavy wave so it’s advisable to take a board with extra volume and rails that hold well. The first section gives a nice, powerful bottom, followed by the second section which is suitable for doing manoeuvres until the last section which is Anchor’s fastest and hollowest, and only takes the fastest at low tide.

It doesn’t work at high tide. To enter the water it’s better to jump from the rocks that are nearest to the peak. Take care and measure the time between the series well because if the conditions are heavy, you need to paddle quickly to get out of the critical zone and make sure you don’t end up on the rocks.  It’s the same to leave the water with regards to measuring the time between the series to be able to exit safely by the rocks in front of the final part of the second section.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Right Pointbreak
  • Wind
    NE
  • Tide
    Low - Medium
  • Swell
    WNW - NW
  • Bottom
    Sand
  • Size
    3 to 15 ft
  • Time of year
    From December to March
Suggested Spots
  • 202 km from Anchor Point Safi - Central Morocco, Morocco
  • 400 km from Anchor Point Lanzarote - Canary Island, Spain
  • 502 km from Anchor Point Kenitra - Northern Morocco, Morocco
  • 616 km from Anchor Point Las Palmas - Gran Canaria - Canary Islands, Spain