Kiteboarding in Morocco: Dakhla, Western Sahara

This spring included a visit to yet another dry, windy, and extremely barren coastline. Located on the northwestern coast of Africa, the territory known as Western Sahara is bordered by Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria. Dakhla is a small peninsula on the Atlantic coast of Western Sahara, and it has become an international destination for windsurfers and kitesurfers alike. With consistent thermal winds that blow year-round, this is essentially one of the windiest places on earth. Add water, sand, couscous, mint tea, and you’ve got a pretty incredible place to play.

The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) now schedules Dakhla into their international contest agenda, and I managed to be there at the same time as their annual competition. Taking advantage of an incredible flatwater spot, this event showcases powerful wakestyle riding by the best male and female riders in the world. If board-popping, knee-twisting, un-hooked riding isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Dakhla is surely one of the best places I’ve been for wave riding, cruising, and any other style of riding that floats your board.

If you’re not into watersports, your best bet is just bring your sunscreen and a good book. Be sure it’s a thick one.





Chris Werner Photography is an adventure sports and lifestyle studio located in Lake Tahoe, California and specializes in La Ventana kite surfing photos, skiing photography, and Lake Tahoe rock climbing photography.

Babiche - Superb work. It is exciting to see Morocco in color. My fatehr lived in and photographed Morocco 1953-1954 in black and white. He and my mother had a great time. They were given the royal treatment as we had just liberated Morocco from the Nazis during World War II. The people, the country and the architecture were incredible to experience and record back then. It is great to see that there is so much beauty still there and that someone like yourself with such a good eye can obtain images that do justice to such an interesting culture.August 11, 2015 – 5:29 am

Jaime - So rad!!July 17, 2015 – 11:50 am

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