The World Surf League is excited to confirm the Royal Moroccan Surfing Federation presents Quiksilver Pro Casablanca at Anfaplace, a men's QS 1,500 event to be held from September 8 - 12 in Morocco. It is the first time professional surfers will have the opportunity to battle it out in the iconic Northern-Africa region.
This project has been in development for years and could only come to life thanks to the utmost support from the Royal Moroccan Surfing Federation. The association has been developing and pushing Moroccan surfing through local events and partnerships with the amateur circuit and will now take it to the next level through its support of the WSL Qualifying Series.
"We are very excited to bring for the first time a WSL event to Morocco, this is a historical moment for the surf in our country," Mohammed Kadmiri, President of the Royal Moroccan Surfing Federation stated. "We will welcome all surfers with the traditional Moroccan warmth and hospitality and hope to host an amazing contest."
Over the years Morocco has built a reputation as a prime surfing destination, with over 2000km of exposed coastline both to the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. From powerful righthand points to urban beachbreaks, surfers of all abilities will find appropriate waves and soak in the Moroccan culture.
"I am extremely happy to finally have a QS event in my home country," said QS surfer Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR). "I sincerely hope a lot of locals will be able to compete against some of the region and world's top surfers. There's a strong contingent here but unfortunately most don't have the resources to compete internationally. The Moroccan coastline has really good surf and I'm sure this event will be a great success."
Casablanca, the largest city in the country is also one of the most prominent African cities both on a cultural and economical perspective. It personifies modern Morocco and is a vibrant mix of cultural heritage and the contemporary urban life.
Part of a six-event leg in Europe, the Royal Moroccan Surfing Federation presents Quiksilver Pro Casablanca at Anfaplace will decide the European Champion, a coveted title that awards the lucky winner a wildcard into all the major events next season. It will also be a final opportunity for surfers to fine-tune their game before the two all-important QS 10,000 European events.
"WSL continues to take professional surfing to new regions and it is with great expectations we include this event to our 2015 Qualifying Series schedule." Rob Gunning, European Tour Manager said.
The Anfapace Shopping Center is a large shopping mall located in the heart of Casablanca's waterfront corniche. With about 90 shops over three levels, it offers everything from fashion, leisure, food and services.