• Morocco Roots Surf Festival
  • Morocco Roots Surf Festival
  • Morocco Roots Surf Festival

Morocco Roots Surf Festival

Taghazout, Morocco | 17th - 23rd February

Enrich yourself with surf, culture & ecological feats

Includes entry to the Roots Surf Fest, an awesome stay in our surf house, breakfast/lunch/dinner every day, surf lessons with equipment hire, trips to paradise valley, the local hammam and the traditional souk market!

There’s an old saying in surf, “surfers come first”. Nobody really knows what that means; we surfers are generally a vague but handsome breed. Most people take it to mean that they find the most beautiful places first, to surf first, adventurers and explorers. Others think it has some sexual connotation. Either way it goes well with roots. A roots filled-fest is right up Stoke’s alley (valley) and to combine it with surf literally seals that deal. Come with us.

The way it works is that you have 6 days to do pretty much anything you can think of in a festival. Start 2017 with a bang and when I say surfers find the most beautiful places, I mean this. To watch the sunrise over the Moroccan water with live music and all your friends, both new and old, well… it sounds like Moorish magic to me.

You can surf the whole time, we’ll give you a board and wetsuit and all. If you can surf, fantastic. Go do a surf. If you can’t do so well yet, we’ll lesson you up in paddling and standing and those things.

Our trip includes your festival ticket, accommodation with us a trip to the glorious and ambitiously named Paradise Valley (you can’t surf there), and more guided tours. And you can do a butt load more than that if you can fit it all in. Olympics, road trips, desert safaris.

You’ll be overwhelmed with options. The entire festival is totally environmentally friendly and you can even do hippie and bendy things like yoga to practice for enjoying in bed later that night.

The people are lovely the scenery is glorious, the adventures are…adventurous I guess? And the vibe is spectacular. And yes, before you ask, for a Muslim country, here they are fairly liberal with booze.

So, ride a camel, ride a wave, ride each other, grant yourself a 6 day rodeo of unique experiences to bring in 2017 so, you can be glad you did it while you were young!


Roots Surf Fest includes Surf, live music, yoga, workshops, the ‘Roots Olympics’, late night festival entertainment, carbon offsetting tree planting, surfaris, open air cinema, ping pong tournaments, great food and company, plus much much more!…

Price: €429 | US$ 446 | £344 | AU$ 578

Photo credit: Thomas Williams (Roots Surf Fest)

*Please note that alcohol is not widely sold or drunk in Morocco*

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Key Features

  • Where: Taghazout, Southern Morocco, North Africa
  • When: 17th - 23rd February
  • How: Meet us there. The nearest airport is Agadir or you can fly to Marrakech
  • Age: Young at heart traveller 18+
  • Sleep: Accommodation in our surf house right on the water's edge with a beautiful panoramic view of the bay
  • Eat: Breakfast, lunch and dinner (vegetarians can be catered for)

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  • Includes

    • 6 day Roots Surf Fest
    • 6 nights accommodation in our Surf Palace (4-6 bed dorms)
    • Daily healthy breakfast (e.g eggs, cereal, delicious Moroccan bread, tea, coffee, juice, fruits)
    • Daily packed lunch (e.g. fresh filled baguettes, rice/pasta salad, crisps, fruits and water)
    • Delicious traditional dinner. BBQ every Saturday night.
    • Daily professional surf lessons (2 hours theory and supervised free surf rest of the day)
    • Daily transportation chasing the best waves of the day
    • Surfboard and wetsuit hire
    • 2 x Yoga classes (60 min ea)
    • Free access to the Jacuzzi hot tub
    • Agadir night city tour and clubbing party.
    • Paradise Valley trip
    • Visit to the traditional bath house
    • Visit to the traditional local “Souq” markets
    • Free WIFI internet access,
    • Live music, workshop games, cinema and surf movies, pool table, football table, Xbox, roulette drinking games
    • Cooking class 
    • Free access to our in-house Sauna “Hammam” 

    Add-ons

    • Camel rides
    • Quad bikes
    • Jet ski rides
    • Desert safari
    • Nights out in Agadir
    • Double Twin Room €10/night
    • Private Room €20/night
    • Agadir bus/airport transfers €30/one way
    • Extra nights €60/night
    • Relaxing massage
    • Horse riding
    • Buggy rides
    • Fly board
  • A day at the Morocco Surf Palace

    This is a guide itinerary with everything in the all inclusive package. Times are a guide only. Morocco is very chilled out, so things tend to happen when they happen and no one worries too much what time of day it is.

    08:0-10:00 – Breakfast
    10:00 – Head to the beach for 2 hours of surf lessons followed by free surf (time varies depending on conditions and tides)
    14:00 – Lunch on the beach or at the surfhouse
    15:00 – 5 hours of free (surf) time
    20:00 – Dinner at the house
    21:00 – Free time

    Free time activities (Extra fee):

    Surfing, camel rides, horse rides, jet ski rides, trip to the souk market in Agadir, exploring the town, swimming, sun baking, hiking, cliff jumping, trip to Paradise Valley, visit the hammam (bathhouse), drinking Moroccan beer and much more.

    Night time activities:

    Party nights in Agadir, movie nights, dinners in our favourite restaurants in town, beach BBQ and bonfires, watching the sunset from a surfboard, playing cards on the terrace.

  • On the edge of the Sahara

    Whilst you can see Morocco from the cities of Southern Spain, once you’re on the ground you’ll realize that you couldn’t be further away… in a wonderful way! This is North Africa baby! This is a place of camels and forts and snake charmers. Where date palms grow out of sandy deserts, and kids run up to your car snotty-faced asking for sweet, sweet candy.
    Our surf palace is located in the south of Morocco, in the village of Taghazout, near the resort city of Agadir. An area so lovely the King of Morocco has his beach palace down there. Here the High Atlas Mountains complete their run down to the North Atlantic Ocean, where goats reside in trees and where fishermen make their nightly drift out to the horizon on seaworthy car tyre inner tubes.
    Taghazout is a stereotypical North African fishing village, with a series of narrow lanes winding either side of the one road, Highway 1, which runs through it’s middle and provides the village’s central focal point. Along this road there are a handful of shops, a marketplace and mosque and a few hotels. You can walk through Taghazoute along Highway 1 from end to end in about 5 minutes, which is taking into account stopping to pat cats and high five locals.

    The Surf Palace

    The Stoke Travel Surf Palace is located just off Highway 1. Located right on the water’s edge, the palace is populated with sun worshipers and surf rats from every corner of the globe, and they can be found lounging on our balcony watching the sea and checking out the waves. There is a combination of shared and private accommodation, though most nights you’ll pass out on the balcony with the ever-clear North African night sky twinkling away above you.

    *A note on the balcony, because it deserves it. This balcony is amazing and is definitely the focal point of the house. This is where we eat, drink tea, share stories, chug beers and smoke hookah. This is the place where you can play a game of chess or kiss a beautiful stranger. We BBQ here, we surf the net, we sloth around and we dry our wetsuits. From this balcony, you can check the surf at three of Morocco’s best breaks, from this balcony the sunset will burn so bright and beautiful your eyes will bleed, from this balcony the sounds of a Moroccan fishing village will drift up and mingle with chatter from all around the world. This is THE balcony.

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  • Meet us there

    We offer transport for a surcharge from Agadir bus station and airport, however please ensure you give us a minimum of 24 hours notice in order to arrange this.  
    Come fly to us…

    This is really the only practical way to get here. Because it’s on another continent fool! (Unless you live in Africa, thereby making us the fool). Anyway, to get here grab a flight to either Agadir, which is the airport nearest the surf palace, or to Marrakesh, which is also close-ish and usually cheaper, and with more frequent flights.

    The airlines we usually fly with are Ryanair, Easyjet and Royal Air Maroc. Like with most of these trips the earlier you book the cheaper it will be. So book now!

    If you are flying to Agadir we can fetch you from the airport. Just be sure to send us your flight details.

    If you land in Marrakesh you can either prearrange a taxi to take you to the Surf Palace, or make your own way here on the public bus (see details below). In any case we’ll go through all of this with you personally when you book.

    Once you land you might need to take the bus

    CTM and Supratours run frequent buses from Marrakech to Agadir. The trip takes about three and a half hours and costs a measly 10€. When you land grab a cab  and head to the terminal (they leave from different terminals, choose one and tell your cab driver).

    There’s no need to book a ticket in advance, and even if you needed to you couldn’t. This is North Africa dudes.

    Once in Agadir take a taxi to Taghazoute, the surfing village. It’s really small, so just get dropped bang in the centre of the main road. And once in Taghazoute, ask for Surf Taghazoute.

    Surf Taghazoute Address:

    Taghazout KM 20
    Route d; Essaouira
    Agadir – Morocco
    Lost or confused in Africa? Call Said on: 00212633106632
  • Enter your concerns, questions or mum’s bra size in the Ask a Question tab and we’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as we sober up.

    Is Morocco Safe?
    Yes. The most dangerous thing in Morocco is coming across an angry goat after you’ve had too many cans of Stork beer, or underestimating the strength of the wacky tobaccy in your shisha pipe.

    So what should we bring?
    Yourself, something to swim in, something to party in, something warm for the night times, something pleasant for the fuzzy tingle times. Bring sunscreen and condoms, because they’re hard to get here, and bring a bottle of spirits as they cost a bit down here. Bring a camera so you can get shots of goats in trees.

    What if I’ve never surfed a day in my life?
    Stress less. That’s why we have our tanned, toned and dedicated surf instructors to teach you grommets how to surf like a pro. We have 2 hours of surf lessons per day dedicated to beginners, so you will be riding those waves in no time.

    Aren’t there Muslims in Morocco?
    Yes. Many. Nearly everyone. And they are lovely, except when they have to go to the mosque at 5am and the loud speakers act as the town’s alarm clock.

    Do you have short boards I can ride to show off my sweet cut back skills?
    We have short boards and long learning boards for all levels. Start with a mal and upgrade or switch it up for the rolling waves.

    I heard alcohol was illegal in Morocco, is that true?
    Ha, hahaha, oh god, you guys are cracking me up! Do you think we’d be down there if that was true? Oh my oh my, too funny!

    What’s the weather going to be like?
    We’re on the edge of the Sahara so it’s going to be hot and sunny during the day and a little chilly at night. It never rains, except when it rains, which is exceptional.

    Wait. What? Goats in trees?
    Yeah, in Morocco the goats hang out in the trees. It’s pretty sweet.

    And food, what’s up with the food?
    Breakfast is cereals and bread with cheese, jam and chocolate spread, coffee and tea and juice, usually. Though like all wonderful things in this universe it can change. Lunch is a sandwich made with love and served on the beach. And by sandwich we’re talking long, strong and full of cumin… And other delicious ingredients with some fruit on the side. Dinner varies between a fair few Moroccan faves, like tagine, or cous cous (so good they named it twice) or little fish fried to delightfulness, or massive BBQs with a little of everything and it is always served with plenty of salad and bread and it’s always so sweet.

    But Stoke,  I don’t eat meat!
    Don’t worry there little one, there are plenty of vegetarian friendly options down here in Morocco. Get on it!

  • Reviews & ratings

    • Eena says:

      THE SURF HOSTEL FROM TAGHAZOUT SEEMS LIKE ONE THAT COULD HAVE COME FROM A VINTAGE SURFING FILM. STAFF ARE FRIENDLY AND OUTGOING, AND THE NICE LADIES IN THE HOSTAL EVEN MADE ME SEPARATE VEGETARIAN MEALS!

    • Janey says:

      OPEN-MINDED, FRIENDLY, REAL, DOWN TO EARTH PEOPLE…WHAT ELSE CAN YOU ASK FOR?

    • Kyra says:

      IT WAS AWESOME! WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WANTING TO SURF!

    • Jordan says:

      I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING, IT’S EXACTLY HOW A SURF CAMP SHOULD BE RUN.

    • Bret says:

      LEARNT TO SURF AND SAW HEAPS OF PROGRESS OVER THE 5 DAYS, AND MET SOME AMAZING PEOPLE!

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  • The surf hostel from Taghazout seems like one that could have come from a vintage surfing film. Staff are friendly and outgoing, and the nice ladies in the hostal even made me separate vegetarian meals! - Eena -

  • Open-Minded, Friendly, Real, Down to Earth people...what else can you ask for? - Janey

  • It was awesome! Would recommend to anyone wanting to surf! - Kyra

  • I wouldn't change a thing, it's exactly how a surf camp should be run - Jordan

  • Learnt to surf and saw heaps of progress over the 5 days, and met some amazing people - Bret

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17th - 23rd February

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Includes

  • 6 day Roots Surf Fest
  • 6 nights accommodation in our Surf Palace (4-6 bed dorms)
  • Daily healthy breakfast (e.g eggs, cereal, delicious Moroccan bread, tea, coffee, juice, fruits)
  • Daily packed lunch (e.g. fresh filled baguettes, rice/pasta salad, crisps, fruits and water)
  • Delicious traditional dinner. BBQ every Saturday night.
  • Daily professional surf lessons (2 hours theory and supervised free surf rest of the day)
  • Daily transportation chasing the best waves of the day
  • Surfboard and wetsuit hire
  • 2 x Yoga classes (60 min ea)
  • Free access to the Jacuzzi hot tub
  • Agadir night city tour and clubbing party.
  • Paradise Valley trip
  • Visit to the traditional bath house
  • Visit to the traditional local “Souq” markets
  • Free WIFI internet access,
  • Live music, workshop games, cinema and surf movies, pool table, football table, Xbox, roulette drinking games
  • Cooking class
  • Free access to our in-house Sauna “Hammam” 

Add-ons

  • Camel rides
  • Quad bikes
  • Jet ski rides
  • Desert safari
  • Nights out in Agadir
  • Double Twin Room €10/night
  • Private Room €20/night
  • Agadir bus/airport transfers €30/one way
  • Extra nights €60/night
  • Relaxing massage
  • Horse riding
  • Buggy rides
  • Fly board

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