Basic Surfing Tip #1: 

Let’s start with the obvious: Surfboards are made to float on the water. They have a natural center of gravity. If you were to lay any surfboard in a swimming pool, it would come to rest the same way every time. This is what we want to do when you lay on a surf board. That is to have the board remain in the same relation to the water as it was without your weight on it, just a bit lower in the water. A good tip is to find this balance point and lay on your board, then make a mark right at your chin. This mark is best made with a bit of wax or a magic marker. It is a reference point that enables you to put your chin on the same spot every time so the board will react to your weight the same way every time.

If the board’s nose digs into the water, it is called pearling; you must move the location of « your chin » back. To adjust, just slide back an inch from the mark and make a mental note.

Too much weight in the back and the board will cork. This is a common mistake amongst beginners. You cannot catch a wave if you are corking your board. Move up an inch at a time till the board lies in the water naturally. This will provide you with the maximum hull speed and minimum drag from the water displacement that you are causing with your weight.

Basic Surfing Tip #2: Paddling Your Surfboard
Do not paddle with both arms simultaneously because this will cause the board to speed up and slow down in the water and you will not be able to maintain constant hull speed through the water.

Always paddle with the crawl stroke: one arm and then the other, alternatively. This will provide you with a constant speed so you can catch that wave.

Basic Surfing Tip #3: Sitting on Your Surfboard
So now you know how to lie on the board and paddle. Now it’s time to learn how to sit on the board. The first time you try this you may be quite wobbly. The key to doing this well is being calm or trying to be still. The less movement you make the easier you will find it is to do this. All the other skills of surfing will improve as you learn to be calm while surfing.

From June 20 to 23, 2019, the Gnaoua and World Music Festival returns to Essaouira for its 22nd edition. A must event of musical culture in Morocco.

The festival provides a platform for a meeting point of music and dialogue between foreign artists and the mystical Gnaoua (also Gnawa) musicians. In this melting-pot of musical fusion, the Gnaoua masters invite players of jazz, pop, rock and contemporary World music to explore new avenues. The festivals see up to 500,000 visitors every year over four days; many of the performances can be viewed for free, which complicates comparison with other festivals.