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The spot in Essaouira

Essaouira is a perfect all - round spot. All three sports – windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing – are offered all year. In addition, the spot is ideal for wave novices. The slightly descending, sandy bottom and a shallow water area near the shore enable a comfortable launch. During low tide the sea pulls back about 150 meters, which makes the way to the water edge longer. Other wave spots like Moulay and Sidi Kaouki (20 minutes drive) give variety and make sure that you never get bored! The centre organises excursions to the wave spots upon request. Even if the water temperate (17-20 °C) cannot be compared to the Caribean, Essaouira offers appealing conditions, ample space and an 80% wind guarantee.

Wind and waves

The wind blows sideshore from the right. Some days it is a bit gusty and turns slightly offshore at wind speeds of more than 7 Beaufort. Between June and August the thermal enforces the trade wind, creating more challenging conditions for kitesurfers. Downwind of the centre, the wave conditions are particularly great in spring and autumn (1-2 meters). Due to the strong wind, the waves are slightly smaller from mid June to August (0.5-1 meters). Beginners and speed surfers are in good hands further upwind of the bay.

The center

The ION CLUB center is only around 20 minutes walk from the Medina (city center). The new location has many advantages: the wind is much more constant as there is no wind shadow in this part of the bay and moreover the new center offers much more space and therefore storage facilities for wind- and kitesurfers. Our lessons for wind- and kitesurfing as well as surfing take place right in front of the center.
The restaurant and bar "Ocean Vagabond" next door takes care of hungry and thirsty surfers and offers sunbeds to relax on the terrace. In this way you will spend an exciting surfing day and be well provided for.


Kids are really welcome in Essaouira and will enjoy the Moroccan holidays with the three main activities, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing. We offer kids lesson with a maximum of 2 students every day per week. Lessons take place in the mornings as they offer lighter winds.

Surf’n & Play

Each day the kids learn one sport during 1.5 hour. On the fourth and last day we will repeat the sport which the kids liked most. Prerequisites: each child must be able to swim and must not be afraid of the sea. The courses take place in very small groups with a maximum number of 4 children.

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