Saturday, March 24, 2018

Windsurfing World Cup in Morocco

Moulay Bouzerktoune, located in the province of Essaouira, will host from March 27 to April 7, the Windsurf World Cup PWA (Professional Windsurfers Association), a first in Africa and Morocco.

For those who do not yet know Moulay, it is THE Moroccan wave spot. A small sandy beach with flat rocks form up a line up breaking waves in 'right'. Side starboard shore wind blowing stronger than in the bay of Essaouira.

From March to June, the swell shape beautiful waves from 1.5 to 3 meters for the delight of the passionate of wave riding. In summer the wind strength increases up to 30/35 knots and wave size gradually decreases. In autumn the beautiful swell is back with a slower wind regime which allows to alternate windsurfing sessions and stand up paddle.

Initiated under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, organized by the Moulay Bouzerktoune Association for Development and Water Sports and the Essaouira Mogador Association, this sports competition is supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Ministry of Tourism, OCP, Masen and the Royal Moroccan Federation of Sailing (FRMV).

This competition promises to experience great moments as it hosts host a triple competition, namely: the Women's World Cup Windsurf - Wave Category (PWA), the men's qualifications for the World Cup - Wave Category ( PWA), and the 1st stage of the International Windsurfing Championship (IWT).

This event will see the participation of some 100 riders coming from Morocco, the United States, Australia, France, Sweden, Japan, Germany, Canada, Italy and Norway.

The organization of this event for the first time on African soil is of crucial importance, since it will allow Morocco to shine on the international scene concerning this sport, and to encourage young people to fully engage in this sport, confided Boujmaa Guilloul, founder and organizer of the event.

On the sidelines of this competition, several other activities are planned, including social, cultural and environmental actions, initiations to windsurfing, dedicated to young orphanage boarders, as well as paddle surfing, surfing and windsurfing lessons for children and women. The menu also includes a day of wind energy awareness, as well as cleaning days at the beaches of Essaouira and Moulay Bouzerktoune.

Moroccan surfer, Boujmaa Guilloul, holds the world record for the highest jump in the history of windsurfing - 20m in height in 2012 -  and he is the only Moroccan and African windsurfer to have won the International Windsurf Tour (IWT) in 2016 and was vice-champion in 2017.


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