Life is good in Morocco.
The weather is mild, if not hot and sunny some days. The waves are generally “Cooking”…. and, if you know where to go, the crowds are not excessive.
I have been up and down the “Central Coast” checking out the obvious, and not so obvious spots…. and scoring all manor of good waves. Beachies, reefs, and of course the Points that this part of the world is famous for.
I have ridden small waves, big waves and all that is in between, whilst riding shortboards…. and my trusty mal….
It is all Good in Morocco…. but now it is almost time to come home….. and plan my next adventure….I cannot wait!
This place always delivers the goods.
The right hand point breaks of Morocco are legendary, and you know why when a decent size swell, with a good period hits the coastline.
The winds are pretty calm, offshore in the mornings and light cross in the afternoon….. it is the crowds that are the new problem….. just so many guys want a slice of the Moroccan Pie!
On the bigger days I am “Shortboard” but by way of a crowd equaliser I often ride my new Performance Longboard, which I have to say is going really well.
The shots above are just a Slice of the “Moroccan Pie” action…. a true reflection of how the waves are if you can be bothered to look, it needs a little “Whats around that next headland” approach, and you do not always score it good, nor alone…. but as I said…. the sun is always shinning.
Another Resin Tint, with Nose and Tail Woodies.
This is the Performance Board to go to Morocco, I have checked with the couriers and they will not take it…. Oh No, this means that I will have to take it myself… the things I do for my customers!
Back at home, and another Nose and Tail woody is well on the way.
This one is off to Morocco, might even consider delivering this one…. the “Personal Touch” you know!
Karim is a Moroccan Surfer who lives near Essouirra, I met him on my last trip there in Jan/Feb. We became surfing friends, and when he found out I was a shaper, he ordered a new board…. nice one Karim.
Slightly different…. in so much as it is the full retro look, but with a modern performance shape and and modern Resin Tint Colour scheme.
This may seem like I am on holiday…. Wrong. I am Product Testing!
I am in the Philippines, on Siargao Island, and the photo is the famous break…Cloud 9
Apart from the odd day, the waves have not been up to this sort of standard, which is a little disappointing as this is the “Season” for swell and good winds. I have been “Testing” my new shortboard range…. smaller boards for older….and bigger surfers.
So if you fancy moving over to the “Dark Side” and getting back on a Shorter Board…. give me a call, or send me an e mail.
I will be home very soon.
What can I say, it has been a very different summer for me this year. Surf has been poor, even by UK standards, so alternative therapies have been sought.
When the wind has been up…. kitesurfing is a “Go To” for me, especially getting there on the bike…. easier through the summer traffic, and no car park charges…. A win win!
The weather has been pretty good, so general summer fun has been high on the list…. Beach Time, Eating Out… even long walks. Work has helped me keep occupied, shaping boards is almost therapy, especially as I get uinvolved with the nice bits like Nose and tail woodies and Resin Tints etc.etc.
I have done much “thinking and planning”, mainly surf trip related, and as a result….. I will be doing a few trips at the end of the summer.
Shaping boards is still a priority for me, so if you too are planning a surf trip, or just hoping for the local surf to get good… AND you need a new board….just get in touch.
FOR SALE… my own board, I took it to Morocco on my last trip, as the replacement for my “Go To” Old Favourite, but it is just a little too “Retro” in the way it surfs for me. It is less than 6 month old, and surfed only 10 times or so…. I did have other boards with me in Morocco!!
The board is just over 9 foot long, and 23 1/4″ wide and 3″ thick…. but is has more volume than the dimensions would suggest. It was shaped out of a “Lower Rocker” blank.
This board catches waves exceptionally well, Trims and Glides to perfection, but is just not as performance minded as I want personally.
It has a bright yellow Resin Tint glass job, with wide “Cut Laps” and “Fin and Deck” patches. Full Gloss and Polish Finish, with Box and Side FCS 1 System…. all fins included.
What a great Summer Surf.
Warm and Sunny, Head high and Glassy, just what the doctor ordered.
Decided to get the 6′ 4″ wet, surprising how unfit you become in such a short space of time, not really been in that much since my Big Trip.
Let’s hope it is a Good Summer
This magnificent Retro Nose Rider is now For Sale.
At 9′ 8″ x 24 1/4″ x 3 3/8″ She is a Big Board.
Using the magnificent Burford 9′ 8″ Triple Stringer blank, this board was a “Joy” to shape.
I have crafted my own Nose and Tail “Wioodies” and as you can see…. fully “Mitred” into the stringer at the nose.
It has a “deck” Patch and a “fin” patch, and with the wide laps give the board its Retro Flavour.
Combined with the Hint of Blue Resin Tint both sides, this board looks the “Dogs B&^*%ocks”.
Finished with the lightweight Matte Lacquer (this is a big board and heavy enough without the extra weight of a Gloss coat.
It come with a 10″ Centre box (but no centre fin) and side FCS system (with fins).
Contact me for a price. on 01637 852653 or email@example.com
The guys at the factory did a great job in getting my new board ready in “Double Quick” time.
All I need now is some surf to test ride it in.
The dimensions do not sound spectacular, at 9′ 0″ x 22 7/8″ x 2 7/8″, but the size is not the real story, it is all about the subtle blending of the volume. I did a “Magical Job” when I shaped the Original, and I have tried to replicate it a few times but without total success…. hopefully this time I have got it right. (Even though I have used the “Hi Tech” approach of the CAD machine.)
The glassing is on the lighter side too, which goes against what I usually preach, but I am really keen to replace my Old Faithful, which also ended up lighter than I usually have.
Roll on the head high and clean days.