The Location X in Morocco is now officially underway as Moroccan Trials are completed
The first day of the 2014 Mirleft Stand Up Pro, this year’s Location X Special event saw impressive action and an unparalleled welcome at la Plage d’Aglou, in the beautiful region of Souss Masa Draa.
A selection of Morocco’s finest stepped up to do battle at home for the first ever Moroccan National Championships, a competition that also served as the local Trials for this prestigious first event here in North Africa.
Standouts were Sali Souffiani, Rafai Slimane, Aznitar Lahcen, El Jraifi Amine and Laanya Lmsdaq, with it all coming down to an intense battle in the finals between the young Moroccan all around Waterman Sali and the more experienced, Laanya Lmsdaq. In the end, experience gave Laanya Lmsdaq the edge to take the win at this inaugural Moroccan National Championships.
All these 5 exceptional Moroccan athletes have earned their well deserved places in the Main Event that will kick off today with an Exhibition at the magnificent location of Sidi Ifni.
World Tour athletes take full advantage of Morocco’s liquid magic pre-event
After a full year on Tour that saw action from Hawaii to the Middle East and from Brazil and California to Europe, this journey south to the magical country of Morocco has already proved to be an amazing way to wrap the year, as World Tour athletes have had the opportunity to unwind and explore this incredible wave rich coastline and immerse themselves into the completely unique Moroccan culture.
Paradis Plage was the base for the first 4 days, as athletes explored many of the more well known and lesser known spots in the region of Tagazhout, finding some of the magical right hand point breaks that Morocco is famous for and getting a taste for the unique Moroccan way of life. Make sure to check out the highlights for the Opening days of action at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wEPe_wxL-k&list=UUmt4LthpGLlT6eSwZdXSlJg
Sean Poynter heads an all star cast of Young Guns & World Tour mainstays
Sean Poynter (Starboard), winner of the La Torche Pro and 3rd overall in the world for 2014 heads an all star cast here in Morocco that features many of the leading lights of stand up paddling worldwide.
Sean is joined by teammates Zane Schweitzer (Starboard), Giorgio Gomez (Starboard) and Benoit Carpentier (Starboard), but also other young Guns and stars of the future that have already made their presences felt on the Stand Up World Tour, Bernd Roediger, Fisher Grant, Kai Bates (Fanatic) and James Casey (JP Australia).
Also making a celebrity appearance is 2010 #2 in the World, who battled it out for the World Title with Kai Lenny (Naish) through that year and the year’s that followed, securing his first win in Tahiti in epic fashion in 2011, it is none other than the powerhouse from SW France, Peyo Lizarazu.
With a spectacular forecast in place for the entire week, and a 10 – 12ft swell with a 17second period forecast for Wednesday that will provide unparalleled surf for the assembled stars, standby for what will be an epic week of action here in Morocco.
2014 World Champion Izzi Gomez heads up an elite crew of women to take on the men
While it was intended to be a Men’s exhibition, we are extremely honoured and proud to have a few of the World’s leading Women join us here in Morocco for this week’s adventure, headlined by the newly crowned World Champion Izzi Gomez (Starboard). Izzi is joined by Sophia Tiare Bartlow who put on a stand out performance in La Torche last week with a 3rd place finish, and Lori Park who has been making her presence felt here on the Stand Up World Tour this year.
These impressive athletes will step up to take on the Men this week in the Main event, but also have their own exhibition events over the coming days as history is made here in South Morocco at this year’s Location X Special event: the Mirleft Stand Up Pro.
Plenty of action to come here in Morocco with epic waves in store for this Location X
With hundreds of kilometers of coastline to explore here in South Morocco complemented by what is nothing short of the best forecast we could hope for with a string of solid swells hitting the coastline, we are in store for some epic action this week.
South Morocco is rich with all kinds of waves, from the world famous right hand point breaks, to unexpected slabs and big wave venues that are sure to turn on this week.
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