Explora Morocco — Kitesurfing, Surfing and Windsurfing in Morocco http://exploramorocco.com Kitesurfing, Surfing, Windsurfing & SUP lessons in Essaouira and Dakhla Tue, 03 May 2016 11:33:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The 2016 Wind season is ON!! http://exploramorocco.com/2016-wind-season/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:11:46 +0000 http://exploramorocco.com/?p=10414 The post The 2016 Wind season is ON!! appeared first on Explora Morocco — Kitesurfing, Surfing and Windsurfing in Morocco.

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The 2016 Wind season is ON !!

Winter has come to an end and the 2016 wind season is ON!

DCO160307866The winter season and the wind season has been fantastic, as usual :p.. with waves, big waves and super big waves all winter long! We’ve seen professional and experienced surfers who have been around to catch the supersized ones. We’ve welcomed newbies and intermediate surfers at our surf school who have progressed and had a lot of fun in the water! Our winter surf and yoga camps were amazing and we met some great people. Plus winter has been windy with some great days spent on the water, which was especially good news for those wind ‘n wave lovers.

But now… a new time has come… you can’t see it but you can feel it…

The weather’s been saying goodbye to those winter waves. Explora gives a big shout to all wind fanatics: the wind season is ON! Grab your kites and sunscreen and head for a windy session at Explora in Morocco’s Essaouira. Bye waves, HEY wind!

Whether it is to learn in one of our lessons and experience your first ride or you want to master kiting in the waves or on the learn new tricks at the flat water spot, lots of people and every type of kitesurfer and windsurfer are already visiting our Explora surf centre and kiteschool. We can’t wait to welcome YOU also!

So if there is no wind at your home and are you in for a windy holiday? Pack your suitcases to head to Explora! The wind season usually lasts until end of October. We provide beginner and intermediate kitesurf lessons and windsurf lessons to get you going and we also have lots of packages, hotel deals and other beach activities available… Ask Sara for your questions and tell us what your plans are!

PS: Are you still thinking if this whole wind-thing is something for you? Listen to this song to get in the wind mood for the Moroccan wind season… 🙂



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Fitness for kiting and surfing

Fitness for kiting and surfing .. Not just what you do on the water but what you do off the water too!

Thinking about kiting or surfing? Not quite brave enough to head into the cold waters, and havent as of yet booked your next holiday, then why not get prepared with some nice fitness sessions for when you do head to the water!

Magic Majid our centre manager and all things fitness guru .. If you want to get a six pack then he is your man to speak to!. Has prepared his top 5 tips to maintaining a strong and healthy body for kiting

Fitness for Kiting

With kiting your arms, abs and shoulders are worked a lot as well as your legs, most of these are natural movements but when you are looking at tricks and manoeuvres this can put pressure on your knees and back.

Majid 5 tips to maintain a healthy strong body

  1. Firstly cardio to stay fit and build your stamina – whether you jog for 20 minutes a day or aim to run a 10k, I do some form of cadio twice a week. I try and run for 60 minutes twice a week to maintain my level of fitness.
  2. Interval training is great to strengthen your core and build your level of fitness. I do some form of interval training again twice a week. I always start with running on the spot for 30 seconds, squat jumps for 30 seconds, bum kicks for 30 seconds, squad jumps 30 seconds, star jumps 30 seconds and squat jumps for 30 seconds and then either weights or kettle bells for 10 minutes various swings and strengthening exercises, the same fast 30 seconds again, 2 minute break and then 10 minutes with the kettle or weights focusing on your abs. 5 minute warm down
  3. Yoga is a great way to stretch your body and build the flexibility we have a team yoga session each week, and is something I would recommend to everybody.
  4. Stretching – always stretch for 5 minutes before you head into the water.. Warming your body is key to avoiding any injures.
  5. Food is key… The right food fuels your body.. As we are in Morocco we are lucky as lots of the food is organic, there is no magic diet but just a heahlty balanced view about food. I focus on eating fresh organic vegatables and fruit which are plentiful in Essaouira. What is available changes depending on the season.. Lots of it and plenty of fish – Essaouira is famous for its fish and especially sardines ! BBQ sardines and tomato salad is a must after a long session the water


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MEET RACHID — Surf instructor at Explora™ http://exploramorocco.com/surf-instructor-rachid-exploramorocco/ Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:24:55 +0000 http://exploramorocco.com/?p=10166 The post MEET RACHID — Surf instructor at Explora™ appeared first on Explora Morocco — Kitesurfing, Surfing and Windsurfing in Morocco.

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Instructor of the Month › Rachid

Surf instructor at Explora™

Guess what? February is full of surf at Explora™. We have just finished our first surf & yoga camp! We are surfing big waves! Aaanndd… our surf instructor of the month is surf star Rachid!

Rachid - surf instructor at Explora™Surf instructor Rachid is a surfer and surf teacher in heart and soul. He is super passionate about surfing. He is on the water all day long, teaching surf lessons and helping others to climb to the next level in there surf journey. He is famous for doing this with the style of a moviestar! When Rachid tells a story about how to surf he does it right. He always makes a new, fresh and exciting story of it. He uses big gestures, and unlimited enthusiasm for teaching and drags you and your emotions in the sea. When he’s on the board himself you might see him surfing on one foot! Sometimes he even gets caught kitesurfing too …

When Rachid is not on the water he is watching surf movies to get inspired. Kelly Slater is of course one of his number one favs. He rides around on his scooter with shiny sunglasses. Surf instructor Rachid is more than a surf instructor. He is also outgoing and always in for some fun! He knows Essaouira like no other and loves to show people around. He will show you the hidden places to get the warmest breads, best Moroccan tea and freshest fish from the grill. He will show you unique and traditional restaurants in Essaouira. While enjoying a tea with him he will tell you stories and anecdotes about whatever you want to know.

A moviestar is not a moviestar without good looks and a great smell ; )

Rachid has a vivid and surfy fashion style and smells like aftershave all evening long. He pays attention to his nutrition and his smile is bright!

The last thing you should know about Rachid is that he is nicknamed blondie!

Do you know something else about surf instructor Rachid? Do you want to let him know that he’s your favourite instructor? Leave a comment on our facebook page!



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Kitesurf body position, a piece of Art! http://exploramorocco.com/the-perfect-kitesurf-body-position/ Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:16:00 +0000 http://exploramorocco.com/?p=9769 The post Kitesurf body position, a piece of Art! appeared first on Explora Morocco — Kitesurfing, Surfing and Windsurfing in Morocco.

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THE PERFECT KITESURF BODY POSITION

The right kitesurf body position is a piece of art. It is one of the most important aspects of kiting you need to nail to enable everything to become effortless and fun .. well except when you start doing tricks then it is a whole new ball game! Kitesurfing in the wrong position has awful consequences. Your butt is jutted out for everyone to see! Your back is hurting! Your shoulders are tensed! You end up in doing face plants, and will finding riding up wind impossible…


Kitesurf body position a key element in kitesurfing

HERE’S 6 GOLDEN TIPS FOR A PERFECT KITESURF BODY POSITION

Correct Kitesurf body position


#1 MAKE LOVE TO THE KITE

What? Make love to the kite? Yep! When I first started to learn my instructor said don’t shit .. shag ! It means that instead of showing off your butt, Focus on the kite. Love the kite. Push your loin up and forward – as if you’re making love to it. Post the embarrassment it was one of the best tips I ever got !

#2 LEAN BACK & ON YOUR BACK FOOT

Feel like a pro, relax and be cool. Lean back as much as you can. Sqeeze your bum in and lean back as if it all doesn’t take any serious effort to you.. Be aware not to lose control when speeding up: put your weight on your back foot.

#3 OPEN UP YOUR BODY

When you’re making love in a cool way you have nothing to hide, right? Open up your body. Widen your shoulders. Feel big and pro-like. Try to feel comfortable with one hand off the bar. Feel lovable!

#4 PRACTISE HANDS-OFF KITING

Look mummy, I can do it without hands! You must have said this at some point in your life. Time for a refresher! Try to kite without hands as long as you can. It’s easy: leaning your body back is pulling the bar in, leaning your body forward is pushing the bar forward. But doing it is not easy!!

Kitesurf body position Abdo riding hands-off kiting

#5 BEND YOUR KNEES

When the conditions are not picture perfect, you will find powerful and controlled riding more difficult. Are you always crashing in the waves? Then it’s time to bend your knees more. Absorb the bumps through the knees.

#6 PRACTICE. PRACTICE. PRACTICE.

Are you making love to the kite and feeling good, but still losing control sometimes? No worries – it’s okay! Give it a go and you will master it in no time. Just think of this: every master was once a beginner and every pro started as an amateur, so dream big and start now!

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Wind statistics in Essaouira: this summer 76 % of the days was kiteable! http://exploramorocco.com/wind-statistics-essaouira/ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:04:23 +0000 http://exploramorocco.com/?p=9458 The post Wind statistics in Essaouira: this summer 76 % of the days was kiteable! appeared first on Explora Morocco — Kitesurfing, Surfing and Windsurfing in Morocco.

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Wind statistics: Essaouira this summer, 76 % of the days was kiteable!

Based on our records we have made our own wind statistics for Essaouira!


We love Essaouira

Forget about Windguru and Windfinder… we have noted down the wind statistics from the beginning of April up unto the end of September.

❭ THESE ARE THE FACTS THAT SHINE THROUGH LIKE THE SUN DID IN MOROCCO´S ESSAOUIRA!


SEASON 2015 RECAP

July was 100 % windy! Every day of July the wind was blowing over 14 kts!! Daily averages around 25 kts.

From June to September we recorded that of the 122 days, for 93 days the wind was blowing over 12 kts!

Check here below how much days of the month the wind was blowing over 12 knots in the 2015 season


APRIL: 14 days
MAY: 20 days
JUNE: 21 days
JULY: 31 days
AUGUST: 22 days
SEPTEMBER: 20 days

Add daily sun and waves to this list and be sure to know that we have had a terrific summer… ’n we surely can’t wait for next year now!

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Thumbs up Essaouira! Sunshine, strong wind & camels for summer, what else? http://exploramorocco.com/kitesurf-holidays-in-essaouira/ Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:56:11 +0000 http://exploramorocco.com/?p=9144 The post Thumbs up Essaouira! Sunshine, strong wind & camels for summer, what else? appeared first on Explora Morocco — Kitesurfing, Surfing and Windsurfing in Morocco.

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First things first!

Beau kiting in EssaouiraAs soon as I arrive in Essaouira I head to the water. In a 3/2 mm wetsuit without neoprene on the arms. “You are going to freeze to death.” “I give you ten minutes in the water like that.” “Watch out for the camels.” is what I hear around me. It all does not sound like too much of a problem to me. I am enjoying my first kite session in Essaouira. Strong wind, flat-ish bump-n-jump water and waves, all present! The water is not cold at all. Well for a Dutchie, that is… Quick enough I realize what they mean when they say: “Watch out for the camels!” as one camel casually strolls past me while I’m walking with my kite!

The medina and the big fishing port of Essaouira are a culture breeze! The first two weeks I am amazed by the Moroccan food. I develop a deep love for baked fish, spicy tajines, falafel, couscous, always warm and fresh bread and… crepes Nutella. I’m sure they serve a lot of those in heaven.

“Essaouira, A culture breeze”

Camel on the beach in EssaouiraThe warm welcome of everyone, the relaxed vibe and the overly repeated question “if I am okay” (do I look not okay?) makes me feel much at home. It’s lots of fun to hang out with Explora’s team, and they make me feel like one of the family straight away. I catch up with them for grilled fish, BBQs, dinners, beers and tea, tea, tea and tea. The instructors are not just fun to look at with their gangster looks and sun-bleached curls, they all are really cool and good-hearted people! I meet a lot of likeminded people from young to old. I’ve seen small kids ripping waves and people older than my parents doing kitesurf lessons. I mean, imaginin my mom on a kiteboard is like imagining my dad in a mankini… Water sports know no limits, right?

Beau chill around in Essaouira

The first few days of June the wind has been awful. Not too sure what I am doing here? No way! I have kited with 14m kites, different strapless boards and I have even put effort into overcoming my 100% incapability to surf… I might see a doctor for my serious balance issues. Am I the only one who falls off their feet for no reason? Ah I guess I am.

And then I find out why I am here. When the wind kicks in it stays forever! I´m kiting like a machine. I have enjoyed an unstoppable wind from half June until half September! Summer winds up to 35 knots are as normal as fresh fish and idyllic sunsets.

The old town of Essaouira is located on the right side of a bay. The Explora school is located further down and on the other side of the bay. The wind can be gusty right in front of the town but gets cleaner the more you are further down the beach. The bay gives you the opportunity for the full kitesurf range, from waves to small kicker waves, to choppy water and flat water spots at high tide by the river mouth. There are more activities to do in Essaouira besides kiting, such as eating, hammam and massages, eating, enjoying a very different culture, the colours, smelling the spices, chilling at the beach and testing argan oil stuffs. Oh and eating… Beau riding in the bay of EsssaouiraYou can also gallop along the beach at sunset or blast across the lagoon on a quad! My main occupancy is kiting though. With a little bit of work thrown in, although it didn’t feel like work: having breakfast with some great guests who end up being friends, heading to the beach for the day and then back to the surfy Riad for a beer on the terrace talking about kites and then maybe out for dinner… that’s right to EAT!

At parties and daily-live-music restaurants and rooftop bars the Moroccan music is catchy and funny. No surprise that even the guys are good dancers! It is quite shocking to go out with guys who don’t drink alcohol. Ever had a clear conversation and dance with a male after 11PM?

Duty called me and told me to leave Essaouira otherwise I would never finish my studies. What’s to study other than wind ‘n waves? A master to work on? Me? Don’t think so. I’m okay.

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Get your first surf camp of the season with Explora™ http://exploramorocco.com/surf-camp-winter-session/ Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:02:42 +0000 http://exploramorocco.com/?p=8496 The post Get your first surf camp of the season with Explora™ appeared first on Explora Morocco — Kitesurfing, Surfing and Windsurfing in Morocco.

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WHAT’S ON YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTION LIST THIS YEAR…
A SURF CAMP MAYBE?


My new year normally starts with get fit, drink less and do more… So we thought why not add a Surf & Yoga camp to the list!


Surf Camp winter sessionNew Year, new resolutions, new adventures to be had! Start the new season fresh with one of our surf camps. Not only have we seen awesome swells hitting the coast of Morocco and bringing sweet waves to our beaches… This January we have also had the hottest start of the year with warm sunny days of around 22 degrees ! So if you want to escape the winter chill and enjoy some sunshine and waves then why don’t you join one of our Surf and Yoga camps?


We normally spend around 3 days in Essaouira, the first few days to get into the rhythm of surfing. Then we head South for 4 days! After that we will head back to Essaouira for our last night.

Waouw. This surf camp sounds good no? Let us hook you up & surf with us!

We start every day with a great wake up Yoga session before going to the beach for a surf lesson or free surf. After our morning session we have a big BBQ lunch! In the afternoon we will head out for another surf session. In the evening we come back at our surf house for a drink on the terrace before having dinner!


Don’t miss the 1st surf session of the year!

Join us for the next surf & yoga camp. Spaces are available for 18th – 25th February camp and the 11th – 18th March


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It’s a new season, grab your Explora™ T-shirt NOW! http://exploramorocco.com/explora-tshirt-for-free/ Sat, 19 Dec 2015 11:55:47 +0000 http://majxbjlb.preview.infomaniak.com/?p=7833 The post It’s a new season, grab your Explora™ T-shirt NOW! appeared first on Explora Morocco — Kitesurfing, Surfing and Windsurfing in Morocco.

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Grab your Explora™ T-shirt NOW!

It’s a new year, new season… OUT with the jumpers and IN with Explora™ shirts!


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Grab your free T-shirt now!

We are so excited because we have we relaunched our website and the new season is just around the corner!!

To celebrate our beautiful new website and to escape the Winter cold we want to offer the first 100 people who book a kite course, surf course, or holiday with us a free Explora™ T-shirt!

Not only will you be ripping it up in the wind and waves but you will also be stylin it in the streets of Essaouira!
All you need to do is check out the website, book your holiday and then your t-shirt will be waiting for you when you arrive ! See what we got for you!

We have tried to make the website easier to navigate as well as giving you all the information you need to book your course or holiday with us. We also have added some new packages and promotions as well as the blog to keep you up to date with what’s going on with us, as well as in the world or kiting and surfing. We will also have a free surf or kite film each month for you to watch, so we can all be inspired to jump on our boards and head to the water!

Any feedback or thoughts you have to make our website even better we would love to hear from you so just drop me an email on adventure@exploramorocco.com

Looking forward to seeing you in 2016

Big hugs from us all at Explora™



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EXPLORA™ PRESENTS

WHAT’S NEW? WE ARE!

We’ve worked secretly on this website for a while…
But now it’s online and for your eyes to see!

What has changed? Offline not so much has changed…

Online everything has changed!!

✓ we have done our 100 % best to make it look nice!
✓ we tell you all about the team
✓ we have added lots of promotion packages and special deals ★★★★
✓ we have added some beautiful pictures
✓ we have implemented lots of social media sharing options

… and what else? See for yourself!

There is still a lot coming up! Keep visiting! : )

✓ we will improve the design
✓ we will add a web shop
✓ we will add more media
✓ we will add heaps more surf and Explora™ news
✓ we will keep adding promotions!
✓ we will improve all the techs & behind the scenes stuff

… and heaps more! Stay tuned!

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Instructor of the Month ›

NABIL J. — Explora™


Explora’s Nabil is a natural traveller and king of relax. He and his life are truly nice.


“Me? A Pro? Yeah, working on it for sure. But I got no rush, I don’t care if it would take me another 15 years.”


NabilMoroccan surfer and kite surfer Nabil has lived in France for years, where he had his own company in Marseille. While touring around in a small van Nabil worked as a technician for his clients. One year ago Nabil gave up his French ‘C’est la vie’ and permanently moved back to Morocco’s Essaouira. Lately he is very busy travelling the world. About every week a new album pops up on his Facebook, showing envious pictures of perfect waves, the Ivory Coast, Indonesia, and more… This month Nabil came back again at Explora™, and happy as we are with his comeback, we bombed him as the first Instructor of the Month, congrats and merciii for sharing your surf spirit with us, Nabil!



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