January 12, 2014





morocco from Katie Schaitel on Vimeo.

Tim and Katie Anchor apres session


Tim surfing at Boilers

Tim surfing at Boilers

Map of Route

Tim and I  decided to buy a cheap van, and hit the road for a climbing and surf quest. With a few quick conversions to the van, we escaped with a surf rack, bikes, climbing gear, a kitchen, bed and motor to hit the highway with. Europe is a very easy place to drive.

Requirements: A Mercedes Sprinter Camper Van. £2500 used. Her name is ‘Goose’ – best wingman ever.

We took a ferry from Portsmouth, UK to Santander, Spain. An 18 hour journey. Complete with sleeping berths and nice showers, it’s like a hotel really. Good times.


Next stop – Portugal.

En Route we took the alternative route to get some up and down time in the mountains of Picos de Europa where I could get on my peddles and descend! 

Peniche. Great spot for every level of surfer, although slightly cold in October. ; )


Next stop: Sidi Kaouki, Morocco

Over to Spain to catch the ferry to Tangier, Morocco.

Fruit stands, shepherds, and beautiful simplicity as soon as you hit Morocco…just remember though, there is a tinge of corruption – but just smile, and drive the speed limits.

After a straight drive down with one overnighter by the sea, we land in Sidi Kaouki. A small village of 20 people outside of Essouria.



Camping IMG_5128 IMG_5131 IMG_5272 IMG_5297 Tim changing wheel ! Van Love


The surfing was ok here – really good in one particular spot for advanced..the camping was great. We stayed at the blue and white campsite where men come to sell you fresh bread on donkeys and fresh vege’s daily.

Next stop: Taghazout. A couple of detours on the way. Like bag shopping. ; ) Watch out for STINKY CAMEL URINE TANNED LEATHER. The smell of those bags do never go away. ; ) You have to sniff your bag before you buy.

And Tagazout finally. Most amazing campsite to stay at with a million dollar view, (and a few retirees!) Complete with a great roof top for doing sunset yoga after surfing  with your laptop. Amazing.


We discovered on this trip that I was pregnant with our first baby.  My surfing (or trying to) – became somewhat limited as a result! Rocco was born in 2013 and his name is a tribute to the beautiful country and people that helped nest me as I planted the seed.


Looking back on our trip to Morrocco- I see the absolute beauty of it all…. sometimes when I’m in it – I’m too close to get perspective.