Pop culture's been (kind of) kind to Morocco, sending Penny Lane to detox there in Almost Famous
and Kate Winslet to find herself (and lots of purple saris) in Hideous Kinky
And while images of almonds, coffee, and Bedoin jewels might cloud your mind when someone mentions Marrakesh, you probably don't imagine surfboards as part of the scene.
That's mostly true, but slowly changing. Over half of the country's borders are beaches, sanding into the Atlantic ocean. And while surfing is slightly secret in the Muslim country (and banned for women altogether), it's definitely happening.
This winter, five Roxy surfers went to check out the terrain, sneaking onto hidden beaches to catch new waves. When men spotted the bikini-clad pros, they immediately ran from the water, and transporting boards from shore to shore was so tough, they'd strap them to the camels led by their guides.
One surfer, Kassia Meador, brought her camera along, documenting their entire adventure. Check out some of the amazing images below, and if you're an advanced surfer with a been-there-done-that complex, Facebook the Roxy girls
for more info on how you can plan your own trip to surf Northern Africa.
--FARAN KRENTCILSee also: Roxy's Fall '09 clothesRoxy's giant surf competitionAnd you can also surf in Brazil!