On January 5th we were invited to sail aboard Oliver a 45ft yacht to a special little village in the Moroccan Sahara. I had visited this village for a day and a night 2 years ago during ‘The Dash ‘ crossing from Lanzarote to Morocco when I Kitesurfed the 85mile journey amongst other windsurfers , kitesurfers and yachts to raise money for the Moroccan Charity L’Adaph who are based here.
This time we sailed back to the village of Tafaya in the Sahara taking Palm trees to plant in the village, donated windsurf equipment, surfboards and few Flexifoil power kites for the small windsurf club, as well as nappies, supplies and clothes for the charity which cares for disabled people there. Not to mention our own surfboards and kitesurfing equipment!
We spent an amazing week in Tarfaya, sleeping in a giant Moroccan tent, kitesurfing and surfing some amazing undiscovered, untouched spots, meeting the local people and introducing them to Kitesurfing and Kite flying, helping to expand the windsurfing club into a Kitesurf club and enjoying the very simply but happy life they live. Their motivation and natural talent for watersports is an inspiration to us all. When there was wind the Flexifoil Buzz and Bullet kites were flying non stop from sunrise to sunset with everyone taking it in turns to fly.
Tila Bradock, a good friend and organiser of Youths United ‘The Dash,’ had also informed the President of the
I was invited to meet the president and made numerous appearances on Moroccan television as well as going to the capital Laayoune to be interviewed on the National News Sports desk in Arabic!
This unknown part of the Moroccan Sahara has left a massive impact on all of us that visited and we will be returning in the near future with more projects to help care for these very special people and their environment.
I will be returning to Tarfaya in May Kitesufing from Lanzarote to further down the Saharan Coast to attempt to break the Kitesurfing World Distance record and raising money and equipment for the Charity L’adaph. We will also be taking more windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing equipment and clothes for the Club.
If anyone has anything they could donate, from unused or old equipment to clothes, wetsuits or accessories then it would be much very much appreciated. Please contact Jo@boardseeker.com who will pass the information on to kirsty direct
Photo Credit: Kirsty Jones