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Sup Morocco | What’s SUP Morocco? A guide to Moroccan SUP

Many people love Morocco because of its iconic beaches, friendly culture, and jaw-dropping sunsets. It’s a perfect destination for those who enjoy Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). There are countless beaches to select from in Morocco. Whether you’re a surfer looking for a more down-tempo afternoon or you’re brand new to SUP, the beaches around Essaouira are fantastic for people who love the sport. Some of the bays are quiet with subtle waves, ideal for those who want to explore Morocco’s coast via SUP. Other beaches in the area are more popular among surfers, but the beauty of SUP’ing in Morocco is in its versatility. Some people want to SUP on quiet, still water. Others wish to test their balance as they venture on their boards out towards the near-breaking waves. The beaches better known for big waves always offer calm waters just a few meters beyond the green water’s beginnings.

Why Sup’ing in Morocco and not somewhere else?

Some come to Morocco to SUP because the area is famous for strong winds. If the direction of the wind is right and the stroke of your paddle is strong enough, you can fly down a stretch of empty Moroccan beach. Morocco has been a surf destination for quite some time, since hippies drove out to these areas in hordes of vans; drawing the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens to the Essaouira area. While a popular surf destination for many years, SUP’ing Maroc style is relatively new. After all, the SUP sport only hit the mainstream just 10 years ago.

Moroccan perfect SUP Conditions.

With its’ perfect year-round climate and North Atlantic swells, Morocco is a dream destination for SUP’ers around the world. Given it’s close proximity to Europe, and low cost-of-living, Morocco attracts many surfers (and aspiring surfers) who are seeking waves and warmer weather for their holidays! Morocco has some of the most reliable winds in the world, allowing for great conditions all year long. With a rating of 70-80% wind reliability, you can expect to pick up some serious speed during your stay in Morocco. With its rich culture and wide-range of paddle boarding options, Morocco makes for a unique experience for adventurers of all levels.

Many are familiar with SUP’ing because of rentals at their local lake, river, or pond. SUP’ing on a Moroccan beach and venturing the swell, wind, and waves is a fascinating new way to explore the versatility of this sport. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are largely popular here because of the Sidi Kaouki wind, but SUP’ing has drastically increased in availability in the recent past. Sidi Kaouki Surf Station offers the largest selection of Stand Up Paddleboards in the area. We are known as a surf school and can introduce you to SUP surfing – a wild new way to make Stand Up Paddleboarding much more extreme. While you can always paddle at a slower pace just beyond the waves, SUP surfing is a MUCH different experience than simply standing up on a paddle board and calmly venturing through the still waters of a lake. You paddle your way through large waves, green waves, white waves, and wild swells to make the activity more dynamic and exciting. Take advantage of your paddle – use your oar as leverage to make your way through large waves. Don’t be surprised when you end the day exhausted – it’s a workout!

Sup in Sidi Kaouki, one of the best beaches to sup at the Moroccan Cost.

Here at the Sidi Kaouki Surf Station, you can rent Beginner and Pro SUP boards! Sidi Kaouki is a great place to learn how to SUP, as the waves and wind mean there is always something to get after. Surf in the morning, SUP in the afternoon, and windsurf at dusk! The possibilities are endless. Come see what’s SUP at the Sidi Kaouki Surf Station and find out for yourself!

Just 20 km South of Essaouira, you can find Morocco’s most precious hidden gem, the beach of Sidi Kaouki. This sleepy, surf town is home to one of the world’s best beaches for windsurfing and kitesurfing. It is here that you can find big waves, strong winds, and happy hearts.

With a 500-year history of being a town for pilgrimage and healing, it is no wonder that people still flock to this town to reconnect with themselves and nature, recharge their batteries, and ride some serious waves. Located between two tourist hubs, Essaouira and Agadir, Sidi Kaouki is the perfect place for water-sport enthusiasts and those wishing to explore “off the beaten path”.

This small town is built entirely around surfing, SUPing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. You can easily explore this city in a day, or set up shop and stay for months. Camel rides on the beach, windy naps, quads through the dunes. This city is the perfect place to “get lost”, and feel at home all at the same time. At the Sidi Kaouki Surf Station, we never meet a stranger. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is family. Come stay with us at the Sidi Kaouki Surf Station to experience Morocco, and all that it has to offer!

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WHAT’S SUP!?

If you’ve never heard of SUP before, you might be feeling a little lost. It stands for Stand Up Paddleboarding and you’ve likely seen it while scrolling through your Instagram feed lately. After all, Stand-up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport in the world. According to The Outdoor Foundation, “there are roughly three million surfers in the U.S. and over 1.5 million stand up paddlers.” In just 10 years, the sport has already achieved half the audience of the world’s most famous watersport. And for good reason! It’s fun, easy enough for beginners, and challenging for those with a knack for adventure. Stand up Paddling has had a higher number of new participants in this year than all other sports that exist. Not everyone surfs (though we believe everyone should try haha), and this sport has low barriers to entry that make it a perfect segue into surfing. For those who already surf, it’s yet another way to explore the water.

It’s one of the most diverse sports in the world because it’s accessible no matter your age, weight, or athletic ability. Think of a paddleboard like a GIANT surfboard. The bigger and wider the board, the easier it is for you to balance. If all you want to do is balance, you can learn in a matter of minutes! If you’re looking to SUP surf, you can get really creative with the sport. It’s a great entire body workout and can be done from lakes to oceans to ponds to your neighbor’s swimming pool! We are firm believers that the best location is the Sidi Kaouki beach 🙂

The historical origin of SUP is widely contested. There’s no doubt that the surge in commercial access and mainstream popularity came from surf legend Laird Hamilton – who many believe popularized the activity by doing it himself. Though others argue that the sport has deep roots that date back to Hawaiian culture thousands of years ago. It’s believed that surf teachers in Hawaii would stand on larger planks of wood (paddleboards) just beyond the waves to observe their new surfers techniques. Felipe Pomar, the 1965 World Surfing Champion from Peru believes that his people were standing up and paddling on top of their boards made from bundled reeds. Interestingly enough, the old Peruvian word for this activity was called “tup”. They date this activity back as far as 3000 BC. While used as a tool for fishing and not recreation, it’s hard to believe they passed on the opportunity for a fun ride in to shore.

If you’ve never heard of SUP before, you might be feeling a little lost. It stands for Stand Up Paddleboarding and you’ve likely seen it while scrolling through your Instagram feed lately. After all, Stand-up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport in the world. According to The Outdoor Foundation, “there are roughly three million surfers in the U.S. and over 1.5 million stand up paddlers.” In just 10 years, the sport has already achieved half the audience of the world’s most famous watersport. And for good reason! It’s fun, easy enough for beginners, and challenging for those with a knack for adventure. Stand up Paddling has had a higher number of new participants in this year than all other sports that exist. Not everyone surfs (though we believe everyone should try haha), and this sport has low barriers to entry that make it a perfect segue into surfing. For those who already surf, it’s yet another way to explore the water.

It’s one of the most diverse sports in the world because it’s accessible no matter your age, weight, or athletic ability. Think of a paddleboard like a GIANT surfboard. The bigger and wider the board, the easier it is for you to balance. If all you want to do is balance, you can learn in a matter of minutes! If you’re looking to SUP surf, you can get really creative with the sport. It’s a great entire body workout and can be done from lakes to oceans to ponds to your neighbor’s swimming pool! We are firm believers that the best location is the Sidi Kaouki beach 🙂

The historical origin of SUP is widely contested. There’s no doubt that the surge in commercial access and mainstream popularity came from surf legend Laird Hamilton – who many believe popularized the activity by doing it himself. Though others argue that the sport has deep roots that date back to Hawaiian culture thousands of years ago. It’s believed that surf teachers in Hawaii would stand on larger planks of wood (paddleboards) just beyond the waves to observe their new surfers techniques. Felipe Pomar, the 1965 World Surfing Champion from Peru believes that his people were standing up and paddling on top of their boards made from bundled reeds. Interestingly enough, the old Peruvian word for this activity was called “tup”. They date this activity back as far as 3000 BC. While used as a tool for fishing and not recreation, it’s hard to believe they passed on the opportunity for a fun ride in to shore.

Why SUP? And why to sup at the moroccan coast.

  • It is easy to see why the stand_up paddle board has become so popular in the last 10 years. For one, this sport is an amazing workout. Whether you are stand-up paddling, SUP surfing, practicing SUP_yoga, or SUP pilates, you are engaging all of your muscles and receiving a total body and mind workout.
  • SUP-ing uses every muscle in your body, from your shoulders down to your toes. This is why top athletes from various sports use SUP to cross-train on their off-seasons. While relatively low-impact, this sport trains your core and stability. Many surfers use their SUP boards to build their core and balance for when they are getting barreled out on the waves. Many people don’t realize this, but if you are SUP-ing correctly, you are actually using mostly your core. Sure, you use your arms and legs a great bit too, but what you will really notice if you SUP often is your abs! Additionally, for competitive-types, his sport also offers a great community with yearly competitions taking place in rivers, oceans and lakes across the world. Some athletes even take it one step further… One surfer is planning on using his stand-up paddle board to cross the Atlantic, from Morocco to Florida!
  • Even though the SUP sport is enjoyed by top athletes, people with very little athletic skills can partake in this sport! It is a relatively low-impact sport and is great for people of all ages and activity levels. It builds muscle in a low-impact way, and is great for cardiovascular health. Just 15 minutes of paddling a day is enough to improve cardiovascular health. Make your workouts as intensive or relaxed as you like. If you have some time to spare, an hour of casual SUP-ing can burn over 430 calories. Additionally, the stand up paddle board has been known to correct posture and improve flexibility and balance, both on and off the board. This sport is a perfect fix for the always-connected, desk-centered workplace culture that is so common today.
  • On top of being a great workout for your body, SUP is also a great work-out for the mind. It is proven that being out in the sun and on the water can, and will, improve one’s mental health! Not to mention, moving your body and getting your heart pumping is proven to increase moods and positive thoughts. Stand-up paddle boarding is a social activity and easy to do with friends! Social time (especially out in nature) is a sure-fire way to de-stress. Do some yoga on your board, lay out in the sun, and snap a picture for Instagram! The possibilities (and benefits) are endless.

SUP Morocco! One of the best places to sup in Morocco.

With thousands of kilometers of coastline, beautiful white sand beaches, and year-round warmth and sunshine, Morocco is quickly becoming one of the top SUPing, surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing destinations in the world. Where else can you SUP in the beautiful ocean all day, then enjoy authentic Berber tagine and Moroccan mint tea while watching the colorful explosion that is a Moroccan sunset? If you’re in search of an awesome SUP experience, the Sidi Kaouki Surf Station is a mandatory stop on your Moroccan journey. Rent with us and we’ll make sure you have the best Moroccan holiday possible.