|Find the best spots||
This is an interactive map! Use controls to pan and zoom this map.
Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Latitude: 31° 30.003' N
User rating (2)
WannaKiteSurf.com is not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in this guide. You use this guide at your own risk.
Choose your format: please login first
Essaouira is situated on Morocco's Atlantic Coast approximately 110 miles from Agadir and Marrakech.
Distance to a city In the city
Access time Short walk from shore (< 5min)
Easy to find? Easy to find
Public access? Public access
Special access No access issues
Spot quality Great
Kite/wind? Good for KiteSurf, Good for WindSurf
Style Wave, Freestyle, Bump & Jump, Speed
Day timing Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Dangers Other water craft
Week crowd Few surfers
Week-end crowd Crowded
Water quality Clean
Current Low ( < 1 knot)
Tide Best at high tide, No tide dependency
Camping, Hotel, Gear-Shop, Repair-Shop, Rental, School, Showers
Type Venturi wind
Force Strong ( > 25 knots)
Main dir. NorthWest
Best dir. NorthWest
Best dir. relative Side-onshore
Period From All year to All year
Essaouira is the windy city with stats ranging from 25 knots to 35 knots pretty much every day in the summer months, 20 - 30 knots in the winter with pumping waves.
The wind pattern tends to be similar to that of the Canary Islands. The summer trade winds are accelerated by strong thermal action particularly during the spring and early summer when temperatures inland can be very hot. Generally the wind increases throughout the morning and by mid afternoon can often be blowing a solid Force 6 - 7. Between the months of October to April, Atlantic storms produce large swells which offer excellent wave conditions all the way up and down the coast from Oualidia to Agadir. The winds, however, are a little less consistent and predictable in direction although it should usually be possible to either surf or kitesurf on most days during the winter at or within a 25km radius of Essaouira. Heavy tradewinds - esp in summer.
The beach itself is a huge 5 km arc that delivers multiple conditions, from flat water to waves. The kite zones are at the downwind end of the bay and a wave masters delight. Small shore break with side cross on from the right, 2 ft about 30 yards out and then into anything from head to mast high, NICE!
Temperatures range between 18 degrees in January to 25 degrees in August.
Wave conditions are especially good on the southern side of the bay in spring and autumn (1 -2 m) and from mid-June to August (0.5 to 1 m).
The further upwind you travel in the bay, the flatter the water, which makes it ideal for racers, too.
You can edit this page to correct errors or add new information. If you have any problems regarding this page, Send us feedback.