Essaouira is an increasingly popular destination for a variety of sports tourism:
ESSAOUIRA, Morocco — Camels lounged on the sand one recent sunny afternoon as wannabe surfers struggled with the small, washed-out waves. The wind had picked up, pleasing the kite boarders who were skidding across the bay but irritating some tourists on long boards who were hoping to ride some postcard-worthy breaks.
The shirtless teenage attendant at the local surf shop shrugged when asked about conditions the next day. “I don’t predict anymore,” he said.
Nearby, a group of European backpackers lounged on the sand and sang Oasis songs, determined to wait for better waves.
The ebb and flow of the surf are part of life in Essaouira, a walled waterfront city still guarded by a 16th-century Portuguese fort. In the medina, surf shops and board schools dot the ancient streets, next to the old craftsmen offering leather bags, jewelry and rugs…[FULL STORY]