Surf Berbere Humble Beginnings….
Two schoolmates, James and Tudor, started Surf Berbere after they came out on a week long holiday to Morocco. Just two days into his Morocco surf holiday to Taghazout, James had the opportunity to put down a deposit of a whopping £200 for one of the now “Surf Camp” flats, with the contract stating that he had one month to complete the payment or lose his enormous deposit.
With a bit of begging, pleading and lot of help from friends and family the guys got enough money to get a couple of the flats and what is now the café KR plot as well.
Times where tough in the beginning, the locals didn’t like surf camps, another surf camp had burnt a few of the locals, and the general vibe around town was against any new foreign surf companies. After 9 years of hard work, numerous local initiatives and plenty of generous donations, the local folk have come to love Surf Berbere. We hope you will as well!
Taghazout is a small fishing village about 20km North of Agadir. Since Europeans came to Taghazout in the 60’s, it has developed into the surfing mecca of morocco, with multiple world class waves all within a 15 minute drive.
When the Atlantic swells roll in you have about 20 different world class spots that all light up at the same time, all just minutes from each other.
Our Surf Berbere surf camp is perfectly placed literally 5 metres from the jump off point of Hash Point a fun, fast point break. From the surf camp terraces and the cafe you can check the surf from Panoramas all the way up to Anchor Point.
A Great Place To Learn To Surf
If you are a beginner there are always perfect chest to head high waves on a nice, safe, sandy bottomed beach.
We don’t just use one beach, we drive to the beach that is going to be perfect for you on that day (unlike most other surf schools that will just use the same stretch of beach day in, day out). This means that you get to catch as many green waves as you can!
Why Stay With Us
We have the best reputation around town, built from providing fantastic value for money and really working to show you a great time in the surfing Mecca of Morocco! Our surf camp caters for up to twenty-five people (although we can stretch for larger groups). We are not trying to grow into the biggest surf camp in Morocco, just maintaining our position as the best loved!
Our team have been surfing their whole lives and our local knowledge is second to none. The surf camp is easily the best-located accommodation in Taghazout – the surf camp building is the pink one with tent at the back of the building on the roof top!
We’ve Grown A Little Bit Over The Years
We started out as a simple small surf camp, don’t worry, that is still very much the case. However, a few years ago we managed to get our cafe opened just along the rocks from the surf camp on Hash Point. The cafe is in a superb spot, enjoying views over Hash Point, but it is also the perfect spot for watching the sun set over Anchor Point.
We have also managed to get our own little surf shop going, in it we stock a whole range of long boards, short boards, foamies and NSPs for hire, as well as boards and suits for sale.
Then last year we managed to finish our new Bouad Apartments. These are our luxury option for anyone wanting to have a bit more space and comfort, oh and floor to ceiling views of the ocean!
Surf Berbere Surf Shop
Stocked full of short and long boards, beginner boards, pro charging boards for a big day at anchors our surf shop has a board for every day of the season!
We also have some clothes, bootys, suncream, wax, any last minute things you need for a surf! We’ll do your repairs as well.
Arguably the most popular cafe in the whole region (see the cafe at the weekends, it is the Agadir high society coming down the hill to see us on the seafront), our little cafe serves up fresh fish and calamari every day.
The cafe also enjoys the best sunset view of Anchor point, so if you don’t fancy doing some yoga upstairs, just relax and enjoy that well earned drink!
The Bouad Apartments
Four years to make and well worth it! We started these apartments when we felt much richer… four years later we eventually finished them, thankfully our guests don’t regret us spending all that money on a stunning traditional tiled bath with marble surfaces everywhere.
Floor to ceiling views of the ocean abound, book in here and you won’t be disappointed!
We Love Helping Our Community
Meet The Team
Some pretty faces, some less so…
The grumpy man of Surf Berbere, normally lurking in the shadows, James is there to quietly ensure that everyone has a good time. It has been said that he has been spotted surfing, but it is a rare event, the premise is that he is too busy.
Anyway, those e-mails don’t answer themselves, after Matt left us, James has taken on the role of being your main point of contact. If you don’t hear back from us within 12 hours, blame him!
Whilst not the world’s best surfer Tudor is probably the world’s best friend for life. Not a worker but definitely a gentle lover he makes life in the surf camp a happy and party like existence! Known for his razor sharp wit and a slight adoration of toilet humour Tudor is the man you want your husband to be (maybe…).
Don’t expect to see him in the water after his freak yachting accident left his left knee looking like a jelly fish’s spine. A man with a passion for construction and beautiful concrete finishes Tudor is one of our founding partners.
Abdul El Jazouli
Head Of Morocco Team
Back in the day Abdul was a real party boy… oh how the times have changed. He now has a lovely wife, little baby boy and he is now in charge of all the Moroccans. Yep that is right, a king amongst his peers, Abdul is the man that gets sent in to Agadir to sort out all the jobs that no one else has got round to doing themselves.
Armed with a big smile and a sense of humour more befitting a four year old, Abdul will always bring a smile to your face, just don’t ask him about Jonny Cash.
Surf Camp Host
Beth is our lovely host, she is the lady that brings the blue to berbere, sorry we don’t mean depression, we mean Berber Blue, the lush range of clothing that she produces.
Every morning Beth will be passing by like a breath of fresh smiley air to ask you what you fancy doing today. Surfing, yoga, dinner, your conversations will be deep and meaningful, whilst you soak in those sunny rays out on the Cafe KR decking sipping your freshly ground coffee first thing in the morning.
Surf Camp Host
What does a guy that can’t swim or surf do, who loves computer games? Apply to become a host at a Taghazout surf school a hundred miles away from where he lives…
Hamza is the smiley charming guy that will be on hand to ensure you have a great holiday. He hails from Taroudant, a stunning town to rival Marrakech (actually nicer as fewer tourists). Just please don’t ask him about his gaming exploits, he might be tempted to show you his youtube channel and it’s five subscribers.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, “the man who has it all”! Ahmed is the sunshine that is there to greet you when you land at the airport. Always smiling, always able to find an opportunity for a five minute nap, always willing to say yes, he is up there with our very favourite people on the planet!
If you need a lift anywhere in Morocco, this is your man! He is also king of Anza, one of the best spots in the region. Watch out for Maktoudi junior in the water, that kid is a shark.
Head Surf Coach
Wail is our longest standing surf coach and heads up our 12 week instructor surf courses. He has now trained over 100 level 1 surf coaches and he coached is younger brother to become the champion surfer of Morocco! Sometimes referred to as mini-Napolean, he is strict, but 100% the best surf coach you could ever get.
Don’t be fooled by his stature, he also charges as well. Although rumour has it that he was seen dropping in on his fellow coaches up at Anchors on a big day not too long ago!
Hailing from the North of Morocco, Ilyas is a calm and gentle surfing giant! His technical understanding is second to none and he has the patience of a saint, so even the most challenging beginners sing his praises non stop.
He is a great surfer and passionate about his work, don’t let his sunny persona fool you, once you are having a lesson from him you better start paddling and catch that wave!
He’s a handsome chap and he’s got the charm to go with it. Rachid is our charmer, but don’t worry, he’s softly spoken manner and quiet helpful persona is the real deal. He is a great surf coach always willing to help, and fellas don’t worry, he dishes out the charm for you guys as well.
Since making the switch from the enemy (we aren’t allowed to mention their name) he has made all of our guests super happy and comfortable and countless people are now able to ride green waves thanks to his enthusiastic encouragement!
Chanti has years of teaching yoga throughout the world but she has settled in Taghazout, a place where she can bring her warmth and passion to our yoga classes.
Chanti practices a mix of Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga, but she has developed her own lessons to help you really relax and unwind after a long day of surfing. She also offers massages for those weak and weary of you that need someone else to relax those muscles (it’s ok, you are on holiday, we understand).
Web Dev, Globe Trotting Multigazillionaire
Steve “zero coding errors” Beyatte, web developer extraordinaire, hails from team USA and has scoured the globe for the biggest waves to feed his unquenchable appetite for the “extreme”. On record for saying that he has “zero coding errors” whilst fist pumping the air he also knows how to party.
An annual visitor to the Surf Berbere Morocco surf camp Stevo has pulled out some of the greatest fancy dress outfits known to man. The “pokemon” is not a strange sex move but an all in one piece that fits in every respected surfer’s travel bag – This is thanks to the way Steve changed our perceptions!
Surf Camp Host + Photographer
Our blonde German may not be as glamorous as the name may suggest, but he is a young man that having completed our instructor course decided to spend even more time out in Taghazout.
Don’t be fooled by his laid back demeanour, beneath this calm exterior is something of a child genius (who derives a lot of pleasure out of doing spreadsheets), who is very keen to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible, whilst getting photos of you in the action zone!