Morocco during the winter sports- Why it’s worth it !
When the days in Europe get shorter and darker and the temperatures feel more like drinking tea than doing watersports wind and weather in Morocco offer best kiting and windsurfing opportunities.
Morocco is an exotic country outside of Europe but can be reached conveniently. The traditional surf trip with a van lead through South Spain and with the ferry over the the Strait of Gibraltar. But those who just don’t have 4 weeks of vacation and don’t want to spend most of their time driving, can reach the Moroccan watersports cities Agadir, Casablanca, Tanger and Dakhla fast and relatively cheap by plane.
The weather in Morocco in December and the other winter months is enjoyable: In Agadir from November till March the sun is shining 7 hours a day on average, with air temperature around 23°C. The water during winter has a temperature of around 18°C, so you should be fine with a long 3/2mm wetsuit.
Even though in Morocco there is an unofficial rule of more wind in summer, more waves in winter, the conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing in winter are still very good! The further you go south, the more reliable are the Passat winds from November till March. Refering to the wind statistics there were 26 days with 4 or 5 Beaufort on average every month las winter season (14/15). You can be pretty sure that you’ll have around 15-20 knots most days of your vacation here!
The chance of wind in Dakhla in December might be lower than during the other months but that’s still more than 20 days of over 4 Beaufort wind a month – more than what you find for example in Hurghada, Egypt during that time! And in the unusual case of no wind, there are so many other things to do in Dakhla!
To sum up we can say that Morocco is an outstanding winter destination for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Especially for those that like celebrating Christmas in the sun by the sea! 🙂