Sidi Kaouki

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Sidi Kaouki
Rural commune and town
Country  Morocco
Region Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz
Province Essaouira Province
Population (2004)
 • Total 4,335
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)

Coordinates: 31°21′20″N 9°47′50″W / 31.35556°N 9.79722°W / 31.35556; -9.79722Sidi Kaouki is a small town located 25 km south of Essaouira. It is a rural commune in Essaouira Province of the Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz region of Morocco. At the time of the 2004 census, the commune had a total population of 4335 people living in 902 households.[1]

Sidi Kaouki is fast becoming one of the most popular surf and wind surfing destinations in Morocco.[2] There a number of surf sports including beach breaks and reef breaks that produce punchy peaks and nice shaped waves.[3] It is also a great spot for kite surfing as the wind is stronger than some other nearby spots including Essaouira.[4]


Sidi Kaouki is an exposed beach break which has quite reliable surf, works anytime of the year and is unaffected by the tide. It tends to receive a mix of ground and wind swells, with offshore winds blowing from the south. The ideal swell direction is from the north-east and the beach breaks offer both lefts and rights. There are several good spots in the area, these include:


Starting at a reef, right and left, easy break, best for beginners, long white water, no rocks, a sandy beach and plenty of space.


Point-break, left, always working, long wave, awesome for longboarding/SUP, easy paddle-out.

Imessouane (2 locations):

The Bay- Sand bar, swell required, clean, right, easy to surf, beginner/intermediate rider, good power, best for longboard.

The Cathedral- Beach break, sandy with rock, right, fast/fun wave, always working, clean, advanced rider, best for short-board.


Point-break, left, big swell required, super fast wave perfect for short-board riding.

Secret Spot:

Point-break, right, big swell required, good for all levels.

Kite surfing[edit]

Sidi Kaouki is becoming a well known spot for kite surfing. It is nice for freeriding and is also a nice wavespot. Clean waves and stong winds make this a great place for ambitious wavekiters.[5]


  1. ^ "Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat de 2004" (PDF). Haut-commissariat au Plan, Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Planet, Lonely. "Sidi Kaouki, Morocco - Lonely Planet". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Sidi Kaouki Spot Guide". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Kitespot Info Video: Sidi Kaouki / Morocco - KiteWorldWide". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Kitespot Info Video: Sidi Kaouki / Morocco - KiteWorldWide". Retrieved 2016-10-13.