September
22

Tips for the Great Outdoors with your Dog

Do you have a bucket list of places to explore?  Do you have a dog?  If you’re like me, you have both.  Have you ever thought about bringing your pooch along for your adventures?

MI OLA ambassador Becca (@roamwildandfree) and her husband roam the United States in an 18ft foot RV, and they travel with their two dogs as well. From Oregon, Utah, Montana, to California, Becca’s two pups certainly live the good life. Here are Becca’s best tips for exploring the great outdoors with your dog!

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

 

Tips for the Great Outdoors with your Dog

My husband and I live and travel full time in our 18ft RV with our two little American Hairless Terriers. Both dogs are under the age of 2 and need lots of exercise every day! My husband and I have been living a nomadic lifestyle for over 3 years and have our two pups while traveling. We made the promise to each other that our dogs wouldn’t rule our life choices, but we would give them the best love we could. Where did that lead? Lots of research on how to backpack with dogs, how to rock climb with dogs, how to fly with dogs, and a lot more “how-to’s”. I’ve condensed what I’ve learned into a quick list below to save you time and get you out exploring with your 4 legged friend!

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

Safety

When you’re getting out there, really out there, YOU are responsible for your dog’s safety. You would never go out on a hike without necessary preparations, neither should your pup! Whenever I take the dogs out for a hike, I always make sure to pack the following items for them.

  • Collapsible, lightweight water bowl
  • Dog First Aid Kit – I love this one from REI
  • Food/treats
  • Leash and Harness (even if your dog is trained off leash!)
  • Wag Bags – Clean up after your pet!
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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

 

Where to Go

Dogs can’t go everywhere that humans can, even in nature. National Park trails are off limits to dogs and many National Monument trails as well. Some city parks, beaches, and even outdoor patio restaurants don’t allow dogs. So where can you take your dog? Lots of places, you just need to know where to look!

  • National Forest hiking trails are perfect for dogs. Many trails allow your dog to be off-leash and under voice command.
  • Dog-friendly beaches are puppy heaven. There are even beaches specifically for dogs where your pup can run and play to his/her heart’s content with other dogs. It’s like a dog park on the beach! Bring Fido is a great resource to seek out these types of beaches.
  • Dog Trekker and Puppy Mama is another valuable resource to find dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, and events.
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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

 

Road Trip or Fly?

Flying with your dog can be a daunting task but sometimes the only option. If your pooch is small enough and can fit in the carry-on space under your feet in the airplane, this is a good option. We use a Sherpa airline approved carrier and our dogs can travel with us wherever we go. I personally would never put my dog under the plane in the checked baggage. A road trip with your dog is also a fun way to see the country! To our dogs entertained as we travel, we always have a box of toys and chew bones for them to play with.

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

Don’t Forget!

Dogs are pretty incredible and resilient creatures, but they are not superheroes. Be realistic with their athletic abilities and plan accordingly if you are going on an adventure that may be too much for your dog. Our dogs can’t hike for more than 8-9 miles without getting a split pad on their paw so we make sure to bring a backpack that they can ride in if they get tired. When we are rock climbing, we secure each of them in a backpack so they can come along with us.  At the end of the day, have fun! Bringing your dog into the great outdoors is something you both with never forget.

 

Interested in joining the MI OLA Ambassador Program?

Know of anyone who should #GetOutThere with us?

Then shoot us an email at info@MI-OLA.com

 

September
18

Hurricanes Irma & Harvey: How to Help

It seems like Mother Earth is reacting to centuries of mistreatment, doesn’t it?

First it was Hurricane Harvey, and now it’s Hurricane Irma. Two major hurricanes within only a couple weeks of each other, wreaking havoc.  Estimates are saying that hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused destruction of $290 billion combined. That can seem like an unreal number, so here are some examples to give you an idea of the scope of the damage.

Before Irma hit Florida, Anguilla, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin / St. Maarten, the US Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos were the hardest hit, with up to 99% of structures damaged.   Electricity is out in many areas, as is running water. Looting has started in some of the islands, making them more unsafe.

In Florida, residents in the Florida Keys were only allowed to travel back to their homes yesterday… with warnings.  If you’re not there to help salvage and repair, officials are asking that you stay away.  Power is not consistent and water is not drinkable.

In Texas, Hurricane Harvey damaged more than 500,000 vehicles.  Gas prices are rising due to the refineries being affected.  This storm has affected the economy of Texas,  and thus the economy of the US. Texas has the 2nd largest economy in the US.  30,000 people had to leave their homes during the storm.

Everyone affected is now facing economic hardship, mental and physical health challenges.  Many are without homes and don’t know where they will live.  So, how can you help?

Give time

With hundreds of emergency shelters in operation, volunteers are needed to staff them. You can sign up online with the state-run Volunteer Florida and receive shelter training or call 1-800-FL-Help-1.

Use your skills

Florida needs 1,000 volunteer nurses to help at special-needs shelters

Give shelter

AirBnB

The travel site Airbnb has been utilizing their widespread network of housing options to find hosts and locations for evacuees and relief helpers of Hurricane Irma. Encompassing most of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, you can sign up to be a host yourself or can find free housing if you want to go down and volunteer in relief efforts.

Give money

Waves for Water 

Getting water to people who need it in the Caribbean Islands affected by Irma.

Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon is an organization of veterans who deploy to disaster areas and help, on the ground.  They have many capabilities but those most important will be Medical Services, Debris Management and helping to rebuild.  (Team Rubicon was instrumental in Hurricane Sandy, in salvage and repair. I am a HUGE fan. This is where my donations are going.)

Donate Blood

You can find a local blood drive on the Red Cross website, by calling 800-733-2767, or by using the Red Cross blood donor app.

Adopt a pet

If you’re thinking about adopting a dog or a cat, for example, this could be a good time. Animal welfare organizations in Texas, Florida, and around the country are likely to take in pets that have lost their owners. For instance, St. Hubert’s Center, based in New Jersey, has listed 12 Northeast animal shelters that are expected to take up to 100 shelter dogs from Texas. Check with your local animal shelters.

*** To ensure that your money is going toward a reputable charity, you can check whether the charity has been rated or accredited by an organization like Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or the Better Business Bureau. These might not cover smaller, community-based charitable organizations. But you can read useful tips about choosing a charity from the Federal Trade Commission.

SAY NO TO DONATING MONEY TO THE RED CROSS. Instead donate to organizations that will be on the ground helping people get back on their feet. We believe that there are many other options who will use your money better to aid those affected by the Hurricanes.

I was personally made homeless by Hurricane Sandy.  In the months after the hurricane, we saw a lot of amazing volunteers and organizations from around the world that helped the people on the Rockaway Peninsula. (Thank you!)

We did not see the Red Cross. Oh wait, except for on TV — you know that big concert with Bon Jovi that raised over $300Million for Hurricane Sandy victims. That money that was very slow to be distributed and some of which was moved to other areas of the country after the Red Cross determined that no more help was needed in the Rockaways.

Do a little more research.   Here are sources that also suggest that the Red Cross is not the best at Disaster Aid.

During Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, 40% of the Red Cross Relief Trucks were diverted for public relations

25% of the funds raised to help Hurricane Victims in Haiti was used for internal expenses

 

 

Here are a couple of articles with lists with other great options.

Here’s How to Help Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose, Right Now from Your Computer

Hurricane Irma: How You Can Help

How To Help As Florida Is Dealt ‘Catastrophic’ Blow From Irma

Hurricane Irma: where you can donate to help with disaster relief and recovery

 

 

 

September
8

Welcome New Brand Ambassadors

Three years ago, we started the MI OLA Brand Ambassador Program for women who lead healthy, active lifestyles and #GetOutThere. We are so proud of how the program has developed to represent active women from around the world. We love our ambassadors as much as they love us. So let’s give a huge sun salute to the latest ambassadors to join the program and continue the movement! You can follow our mermaids around the world for epic journeys via our blog (our ambassadors write amazing #GetOutThere Guides and Surf Guides!!) and our Instagram, @miolasurf.

 

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Follow along via @miolasurf !!!

 

 

Ashley Fallon @everythingaf

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Ashley – @everythingaf

Born and raised by the beach in Breezy Point, Queens, Ashley is a salt water addict. Whether she is surfing, scuba diving, or even just running on the boardwalk, she definitely loves living near the ocean. When she’s not under the sea, she works full-time in the clean energy industry, helping to promote a more sustainable future for us all. She firmly believes that when people can #getoutthere and enjoy the natural wonders of the world, they form the connections necessary to help us want to protect and preserve our planet. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

 

Amanda Strube @Amanda_Strube

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Amanda – @Amanda_Strube

Amanda grew up in grew up in Ocean City, New Jersey. She still calls it home, but she has spent the past four winters in El Transito, Nicaragua and just received her working visa for New Zealand. Amanda is passionate about leading a healthy life style and as a surf and yoga coach, she gets to travel a lot for her job.

 

 

Lauren Kuntz @Wild_Rose_Runs

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Lauren – @Wild_Rose_Runs

Lauren loves to exercise and being outside. She grew up in Waterton Park, Canada and Glacier Park, Montana USA – – two of the most beautiful places on Earth! Lauren plans on doing her third marathon this fall!

 

 

Renee Fussner @samatahiti

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Renee – @samatahiti

Renee is the founder of Samatahiti, the 1st eco retreat center in Puerto Rico. She loves to teach yoga for surfers at various yoga festivals and conferences. Last year Renee went to 12 different countries, on a month. When this mermaid isn’t surfing or practicing yoga, she can be found rock climbing, spelunking, finding new waterfalls to hike up,  rivers to jump in, mountain biking and different countries to explore!

 

 

Michelle Case @Michellecaase

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Michelle – @Michellecaase

Michelle quit her “good paying/comfortable, biz dev, techie San Francisco job” to hop on a boat.  After spending the past 10 months sailing and island hopping the world, Michelle has settled down in Lombok, Indonesia (island next to Bali). She spends her days surfing, chasing waterfalls, teaching yoga/meditation, cliff jumping, exploring Indonesia and loving every minute of her tropical life.

 

 

Maryann @Maryann_its_not_a_3hrtour

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Maryann – @Maryann_its_not_a_3hrtour

 

Maryann literally lives in her bikini. Based in Key West, FL, when she is not working on a charter boat, she is SUP racing, dragon boat racing, fly fishing, and playing in the water with her two sons. We dare you to try and keep up with this active mermaid!

 

Interested in joining the MI OLA Ambassador Program?

Know of anyone who should #GetOutThere with us?

Shoot us an email at info@MI-OLA.com

 

August
29

How to Help Donate to those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Last week, a major hurricane slammed into Texas. Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a powerful category 4 hurricane last Friday. Almost a week later, even though Harvey now is a tropical storm, the storm is still wreaking havoc on Texas with an unprecedented amount of rainfall. Unprecedented as in some areas of Texas could see 50 inches of rain in a span of a couple of days, in comparison to the annual rainfall being 50 inches. Read on below to learn more about how you can best donate to those affected by Hurricane Harvey by MI OLA Chief Bikini Officer Helena.

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George Huntoon helped Monica Aizpurua and her daughter Tristan Aizpurua, 18, to a boat in the Meyerland area of Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Graphic courtesy NY Times

Houston is underwater. The water is still rising. 450,000 could seek disaster assistance. 11 trillion gallons of rain has already come down on Texas. 56,000 calls to Houston 911 in 15 hours. Around 13 million people are under flood watches and warnings stretching from Corpus Christi to New Orleans as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey menace the already drenched Texas and Louisiana. And the hurricane is expected to pass over Houston again in a few days.

Graphic courtesy NY Times

This is an insane, mind-boggling disaster. People are suffering… and recovery is going to take years. We all need to help. But how?

DON’T DONATE TO THE RED CROSS. Donate to organizations that will be on the ground helping people get back on their feet.

My favorite organization that is helpful to disasters around the world? Team Rubicon. They are an amazing organization that deploys veterans to disaster zones. These people are on the ground, salvaging belongings and helping people.

Other great options are donating to local organizations and churches that can help people immediately in the areas affected, with very low overhead.

Why am I anti Red Cross? Experience. And Data.

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As a resident of the Rockaways, we were made homeless by Hurricane Sandy. It was the first time of my life that I didn’t know where I would sleep, and we also had my 18 month old girl with us. Every day, we went back to Rockaway to salvage our belongings and do what we could to save the house — without electricity, running water, or heat — and it was below freezing some days. We saw a LOT of media. And we saw a lot of amazing volunteers and organizations from around the world that helped the people on the Rockaway Peninsula. (Thank you!)

We did not see the Red Cross. Oh wait, except for on TV — you know that big concert with Bon Jovi that raised over $300Million for Hurricane Sandy victims. That money that was very slow to be distributed and some of which was moved to other areas of the country after the Red Cross determined that no more help was needed in the Rockaways.

(BTW — Our neighborhood is still rebuilding and still has abandoned, crumbling houses — almost 5 years after the Hurricane. Many people I know did not receive any aid. The ones that are back in their houses? Many paid to rebuild without any payout from insurance, or funds from FEMA.)

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People walk through floodwaters on Telephone Road in Houston on Sunday after 2 feet of rain from Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Gulf Coast.
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Others concur about the lack of Red Cross efforts in the wake of natural disasters. A friend who was displaced by Hurricane Irene says “They (Red Cross) gave us a mop with 1 mini snickers and Tylenol. Which inspired much laughter in my neighborhood. A mop? There was LITERALLY 5 feet of water in my house.”

Another affected by Hurricane Sandy says “The mop they gave me was broken.”

Additionally, the media has covered how BAD the Red Cross is at natural disaster relief.

During Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, 40% of the Red Cross Relief Trucks were diverted for public relations (ie, providing a clean truck to appear in the background while officials speak)

25% of the funds raised to help Hurricane Victims in Haiti was used for internal expenses

So where should you donate?

Team Rubicon was excellent after Hurricane Sandy and is on the ground in Texas now.

Here are a couple of articles with lists with other great options.

How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims (Slate)

Hurricane Harvey Charities That Work (VOX. please skip over the Red Cross plug and choose from the other organizations.)

Here’s How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey

Let’s get started helping the Hurricane Harvey Victims rebuild their lives. They are suffering. Let’s make sure that our donations reach them and make a difference.

August
25

Top Five Labor Day Weekend Trips

With Labor Day next weekend, why not send off summer with a three-day weekend exploring the outdoors? Need some inspiration? You are in luck as we have you covered (literally!) with our top five trips to take before summer ends. Check it out below:

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Roadtrip in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are a collection of 43 islands connected by the 113 mile/42 bridge Overseas Highway. Follow our ambassador Amanda (@Mermanda_) on a mermaid style road trip down the Florida keys where she uncovers and discovers sunken treasures in her own backyard.

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Amanda- @Mermanda_

 

Chase Waterfalls in Escalante, Utah

Escalante is the hub for all things outdoors in south central Utah where visitors can hike, rock climb, race around in ATVs, explore amazing slot canyons, and chase some gorgeous waterfalls. Check out ambassador Becca’s #GetOutThereGuide to Escalante, with over 3,000 square miles of pristine backcountry paradise.

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

 

Learn to Kiteboard in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks in North Carolina is an outdoor lover’s playground, from fishing, hang gliding, world class surfing, windsurfing, SUP boarding, jet skiing, boating, kayaking, biking, or taking kiteboarding lessons with ambassador Adrienne (@yokeens). So go on hop in the car and head to the Outer Banks, a 200 mile long barrier island that sits off the coast of North Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Adrienne- @yokeens

 

Explore Puerto Rico’s beautiful beaches

This tropical island paradise is the home of MI OLA ambassador Andrea (@mermaid.drea ). When she isn’t in the water – free-diving to 40 feet, surfing, fishing, lobstering or playing in the waves – she’s on land doing yoga and exploring the outdoors (like hiking El Yunque Rainforest). After you check out her guide to her top five beaches in Puerto Rico, you’ll be booking the next flight to Puerto Rico!

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Photo by Elvin of MI OLA Ambassador Andrea – @mermaid.drea

 

Surf trip to El Salvador

Are you feeling really adventurous and need to get off the grid for more than a couple of days? Head on down to El Salvador to catch some beautiful waves – – El Salvador’s coastline has 200 miles of beautiful beaches with magnificent, clean point breaks that are mostly right handers. Ambassador Verena has you covered with her Surf Guide to El Salvador!

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Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Verena – @laa_sirenaa

 

 

Interested in joining the MI OLA Ambassador Program?

Know of anyone who should #GetOutThere with us?

Then shoot us an email at info@MI-OLA.com

August
19

Surf Guide: Morocco

When MI OLA brand ambassador Susi @insta_susi isn’t surfing waves in her home country of Norway or chasing the Northern Lights, she loves to explore new places to surf. This past February Susi and her husband packed their bags and headed to Morocco to surf and explore. Check our Susi’s Surf Guide to Morocco below!

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Africa’s longest wave, Imsouane. Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

Morocco is a country on the Northwest coast of North Africa.  It’s at a similar latitude as the Canary Islands and not too far south of Spain. Morocco is one of the most diverse countries in all of Africa, boasting high mountains, desserts and a long rugged coastline. Winding colorful alleyways in ancient medina cities and souqs make you feel like you are in a fairy-tale like 1001 nights.

Morocco has been a popular European winter escape since the 1970s. Hippies and surfers would camp and explore the coastline and the country for months on end. Most moroccan people still lead a traditional life on the countryside. Morocco’s ancient medinas are quite the contrast to the rural areas. These antique old towns are bustling with life. The country boasts four imperial cities. Marrakesh, Fes, Meknes and Rabat are packed full of colorful bazaars, stunning palaces and bustling town squares. In fact, Unesco has bestowed World Heritage Status on the Fez medina, the world’s largest medieval Islamic city, as well as parts of Marrakesh.

Morocco is an Islamic country.  You will hear prayer calls in the morning and evenings. If you speak French or English, most people will understand you – their native tongue is Moroccan Arabic or Berber. The currency is Dirham with 1 USD giving you about 9 Dirham and 1 Euro gives you roughly 11 Dh (as of August 2017.)  You can travel by train or bus from city to city. Taxis are fairly cheap and rental cars are also an option, just watch out for erratic drivers.

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Surf in Morocco.Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

Surf Guide to Morocco:

Morocco boasts waves all year round, but the better, bigger waves are found in the winter months November-March. Bring a wetsuit around this time as the ocean temp is only 60-64 degrees. The summer months will have small waves, but it’s also very hot (often over 100 degrees Farenheit, 35 degress Celsius.)  Always ask the locals or surf guides which surf spots will work best on certain tides and swells.

To escape the cold winter in Norway, we flew to Adagir in late February. Norwegian Air offers direct flights from Oslo to Adagir (or Copenhagen – Agadir) every Saturday in the winter time, so off we went to enjoy a week of warm weather, good waves and no kids.  While I prefer the tropical flair of Hawaii and Bali, this was a great way to maximize surfing time and not waste days on travel since the flights from Oslo only take 5 hours and from Agadir Airport it is only a little over one hour car ride to the beachside village of Taghazout.

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MI OLA Ambassador Susi – @insta_susi Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

Taghazout

This place is a little surf mecca with the world renowned Anchor Point and plenty of other waves within walking distance. Kind of like the North Shore of Oahu, you will find wave after wave within a really short distance. The village caters mainly for surf tourists with a surf shop, many board rentals and surf schools. Many of these offer packages for overnight stays and surf lessons.  At the south end of Taghazout there is a long, white sand beach where you can swim, play ball on the beach, rent sun-chairs or ride camels (this is your spot where you get your photo on a camel on the beach). Along the next 2 to 3 km north you will find plenty of right hand point breaks, and famous Anchor Point. Anything after Killer Point you will need a car. Also, if you have a surfboard with you, it is nice to just take the car from Taghazout and park in front of the big surf breaks.

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MI OLA Ambassador Susi – @insta_susi Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

If there is a big swell and good waves, an immense crowd will gather and watch the best surfers battle it out at Anchor Point. It is very much like when Pipeline goes off! The surf will be crowded, so unless you are very good, you are best to watch on those days and bring a camera. A real nail-biter to watch is people jumping off the rocks to get out to the surf break. This is not for the fainthearted and it is important to time your entry right with big sets rolling in.

Post surf: If you are lucky the doughnut man or mint tea man will walk past on the beach and you can buy some yummy moroccan treats.

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Anchor Point. Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

 

Anza:

About 20-30 minutes south of Taghazout on the way to Agadir you will find a surf spot called Anza. This place is a nice beach break with various peaks, lefts and rights. Make sure you walk to the end of the beach to check out the dinosaur footprints that are embedded in the rock shelf. You will find a couple of yellow info signs there.

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Dinosaur footprints at Anza. Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

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Dinosaur footprints at Anza. Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

Imsouane:

About an hour and fifteen minutes north of Taghazout you will find one of Africa’s longest waves, Imsouane, or lovingly called, “the bay”. It is a long right hand point break that rolls into a safe bay. It is very easy here to catch the longest wave of your life, walk back around the sandy beach and have a short paddle out just to do it all over again. As the wave can be a tiny bit sluggish, it is enjoyed by a lot of longboarders. Surf schools are big here too, so expect a crowded line-up! If you are a short-boarder, this place is still heaps of fun on your shortboard and I highly recommend it. Next time I definitely want to stay in this sleepy fishing village and surf some epic, long waves.

At high tide, the wave just about disappears, so grab some delicious fresh seafood at one of the beachside restaurants. You won’t find any better freshly squeezed orange juice anywhere in the world – the flavor is awesome as the oranges are locally grown! If you are a surfer and want a place to stay, try the BoardXhouse – a surf house overlooking the surf break and bay with a rooftop swimming pool.

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Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

 

 

 

What to do in Morocco (besides surf!):

Visit a souk! Markets are called souks and are one of the biggest attractions all over the country. Souks are major feature in Moroccan life and act as the heart of a city. Within a souk there are various sections that specialize in certain crafts. All the spices will be sold in one area while the rugs, fabrics and jewellery will all have their own place. Be sure to bargain about the price!!!

Discover ancient Morocco by visiting one of the imperial towns like Marrakesh and Fes and get transported back in time.

Go on a camel-back trek with an overnight stay in the Sahara and stay in a traditional Berber tent.

Climb North Africa’s highest peak. With 4167 meters you can even bring your skis along, but be prepared to carry them for a good part of the way.

 

Where to Stay:

We stayed a week at the Lapoint Surf Camp and chose their “basic” model, which is accommodation with breakfast and dinner. This way, we could head with our rental car to wherever the waves where best and were independent. Lapoint’s main clients were in their 20s and learning to surf or working on their surf skills that they had acquired on a previous surf trip. (Some Lapoint camps offer more than level three coaching, where you can choose intermediate or advanced surfing options and get a surf coach + video analysis.) Lapoint surf camp offers dorm rooms for either 4 or 8 people with their own showers and toilets. If you want a bit more privacy, you can pay extra and opt for one of their two apartments – that’s what my husband and I opted for.

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MI OLA Ambassador Susi – @insta_susi Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

Breakfast and dinner were both buffet style and served on a rooftop terrace overlooking the fishing village. Free Wi-Fi and healthy, tasty meals were exactly what one wants to relax a bit after surfing. For lunch we went downstairs to La Paix or Sunset, but there are quite a few other restaurant options as well.

Twice a week Lapoint offers free yoga classes for guests on their roof top terrace –It was nice to stretch after all that surfing!

Other options in Taghazout are Berbere surf school, WOW (World of Waves – – which just recently opened and offers beautiful double rooms and a lovely restaurant for non guests overlooking a surf spot right at the beach. Their food was delicious and reasonably well priced.), and Sol House in Taghazout bay, quite close to Anchor point. (This is where Carissa More stayed in January. There are beautiful, small, freestanding wooden bungalows with a lovely pool overlooking the ocean. Since the area around Agadir is quite earthquake prone, this will be your safest accommodation since all the other buildings are made of brick.)

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World of Waves. Photograph by MI OLA Ambassador Susi – @insta_susi

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MI OLA Ambassador Susi – @insta_susi Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

Families or a group of friends could rent an apartment at La Source, a few hundred meters north of Anchor point. Surf spots Mysteries, La Source and Killer Point are right in front! There is a pool area where you can nicely watch the surf at all three breaks. Also, you can sunbathe and swim in the little bay just to the right where you will be paddling out (or walking along the cliff ) to surf Killer Point.

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Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

How to get there: 

By ferry: From Spain there are 5 ferry-ports that reach 4 different ports in Morocco. If you are adventurous, book yourself a flight to the south of Spain, rent a car there and travel to Morocco by ferry. This can be your cheapest option and the quickest ferry routes take 1 hour.

By plane: Options are Casablanca (CMN), Menara (RAK) – just 6km away from Marrakesh, Adagir (AGA) and a lot more. National air travel is also a good option to get from A to B if you have little time.

Good to know:

Dress with modesty as it is a Muslim county and go easy on public affection if you travel with your partner. Cheeky bikini bottoms are OK, but not thong!  Also, be careful when getting changed in and out of your wetsuit on the beach. I had to gather all three surfbuddies around me once as two men just stopped 2 meters away from me and gave me death stares as I was changing. As far as clothing, avoid wearing anything sexy or revealing. As a rule of thumb, ussually skirts and shorts should cover the knees and one shouldn’t see much cleavage or the shoulders. Since Taghazout is a surf town, they said tank tops are OK and that one could wear shorts. Finally, watch your belongings or hide them out of sight in your car.

 

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