With each passing day, we're getting closer and closer to take-off, so to get your trip kicked off right, we have some important information below that you'll need.

Take a read through and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out.

A full trip itinerary can be found here.


IMPORTANT DATES

November 14th - Final balance due in full. Can be paid in instalments ahead of time.
December 29th - Your first day in Morocco. Plan on arriving before 5PM.
January 6th - Your final day in Morocco. Departure is anytime after breakfast (but leave early if needed).


PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION

As the trip nears, we will deliver to you some important information that will round out your experience including:

  • Documentation Requirements - info about passports, visa, permits, insurance

  • Trip Organization - some key details about the trip and your experience

  • Daily Routine - insight into the day-to-day of Sahara Surfari including hiking and camp set-up

  • Money Matters - currency, spending money, and tipping

  • Country Info & Destination Facts - some key information about Morocco

  • Responsible Travel - high-level look at some initiatives behind your trip

  • Photography - high-level information about photography on the trip

  • Suggested Reference List - additional reading to learn about Morocco

  • Health & Fitness - health & fitness considerations for the trip

  • Packing, Clothing, & Equipment - what to pack, what's provided, etc.


FINAL PAYMENT

All balances due will need to be paid in full by November 14th, 2018.

If you would like to pay in instalments or pay before that date, please send the transfer to julian@chasingsunri.se. We will confirm payment upon receiving it.

 

WE NEED SOME THINGS FROM YOU!

To make sure we have all your proper information on the trip, there's a few things we need from you no later than 45 days before take-off (but sooner if possible):

  • Passport Copy - a clear scanned copy or a photo.

  • Flight Details - full international itinerary, either a screenshot or photo.

  • Insurance Details - insurer, policy number, the worldwide contact number. Insurance is absolutely mandatory.

  • Signed Medical Form - will be sent out 45 days prior to the trip.

  • Pre/Post Trip Arrangements - if you have additional travel plans pre- or post- event.

  • Completed Intake Form - see the full intake form below.

Please send all of this information over in a single email with the following subject line:
"Sahara Surfari 2018 - Required Trip Info - First Name Last Name"

 

YOUR MOROCCAN VISA

Most travelers who want to visit Morocco can do so without applying for a visa if your trip will not exceed three months. However, you must arrive with a passport that is valid for at least six months from the time you enter Morocco.

Canadian citizens using Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter Morocco for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.

Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa:, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, CANADA Chile, Cyprus, Congo (Brazzaville), South Korea, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Andorra, Estonia, UAE, USA, Russia, Finland, France, Germany Monaco, UK, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Niger, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rica, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech, Tunisia, Turkey, Venezuela.

All other nationals will need a visa.

SAHARA SURFARI INTAKE FORM

To make sure you have the best experience possible, we have a few questions below.

Name *
Name
Home Address *
Home Address
Phone *
Phone
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Emergency Contact Name *
Emergency Contact Name
Emergency Contact Number *
Emergency Contact Number
If none, type "none".
If none, type "none".
If none, type "none".
If none, type "none".
Are you a photographer/videographer/writer?
Let it fly. Let us know what really matters so we can make sure to come through!
If you have anything you think would be valuable to contribute to the trip (pre-trip meet-ups, RealTalks on the trip, musician, etc) let us know and we'll see if we can thread it in!
The more the merrier. Let us know what certs you have.

Flights

FLIGHT ITINERARY QUESTIONS

For most of our trips, we try and organize group flights if there are enough of you flying out of the same city and want to be on the flight. Generally, we need 10+ people that want to fly out of the same city on the same flight to make it work.

Fill out the form below so that we can get an idea of what you want for your flights and we will see what we can make happen.

Name *
Name
Please indicate YVR for Vancouver or simply the city name for any other city.
Have you booked your flight already? *
If possible, do you want to fly as a group or solo? *
Are you using points to book your flight? *
You generally can't use points for booking group flights, so it helps to know if you're planning on using points or not.
How flexible are you on the days you fly out?
Which dates would you want to fly out on? *
Check all that work for you?
Do you plan on coming right home after the trip? *
Which dates do you want prefer to fly home after the trip ends on January 6th?

Questions

If you have any questions about the trip, throw them down below and we will get them answered.

Name *
Name
Can we share this question and answer publicly?
We will make it anonymous, but add it to our list of "group questions".

FAQ

Q: Is all transportation provided during the trip?

A: Other than airport transfers, all transportation during the trip is provided. This includes transportation from Marrakech to the Sahara, from the Sahara to Tamraght, and back to Marrakech.

 

Q: Will everything be done as a group or is there some freedom for independent adventures or eating somewhere separate, etc.?

A: We build our trips to be a mix of both group experiences and individual freedom. There will be time for you to experience things as a group, as well as time for independent adventures. Certain days/stops lend themselves better to one or the other and we will have conversations at each location to let you know what we’re thinking. We design our trips to pack in a lot of cool experiences, but always know that nothing is mandatory.

Q: What are the accommodations like throughout the trip?

A: Thanks to our on-the-ground guide, we’ve had a chance to scout out all the accomodations we will be going to through the trip and made sure they live up to our standards at Chasing Sunrise. You can see the names and some images of the pictures (through the links) below.

Marrakech: Rodamón Riad Marrakech and Equity Point Marrakech
Dades Gorge: Kasbah Auberge Tifawen
Zagora: Hôtel La Fibule
Tamraght: Lunar Surf Hotel and Riad Imourane/Riad Dar Haven

All accommodation will be shared and room styles will vary depending on the location we are at. Feel free to contact us if you have specific questions.

 

Q: Who from Chasing Sunrise is leading the trip?

A: Your CS trip leaders on this one will be Julian DeSchutter, Gordon Swenson, and Amy Tanner.

 

Q: Who is our local guide on the trip?

A: Adil, a Moroccan-born local guide who runs Barefoot Trips and The Lunar Surf House will over see the entire trip, and lead his guides who will manage the individual groups. Adil will be on the trip throughout. Throughout the entire trip, we will have the same group of guides taking us from spot to spot.

Adil is well-versed in the area, culture, language, and country of Morocco. He has visited all the places we are going multiple times and understands the ins, outs, and safety of Morocco.

 

Q: How are you determining who is in which group?

A: For group selection, we use a mix of asking you what you want (pairing you up with the people you want to travel with) and then random selection.

Q: How will the two groups work?

A: The trip will start in Marrakech with each group at their own hotel. The following morning, both groups will head out with the intention of making it to the Sahara the next day. One group will travel through and spend the night in Zagora and the other will travel through and spend the night in the Dades Valley. A day later, both groups will meet up in the Sahara and spend New Years Eve/ News Years Day together in the Sahara at a Moroccan Berber camp. Later that day, both groups will take off, with the groups switching the locations they travelled through to get to the Sahara. The group that spent the night in Zagora will head to the Dades Valley and the vice versa. A day later, both groups will meet up in Tamraght, where we have two hostels book for the three days of surfing, exploring and hanging out. At the end of the trip, both groups will have experienced the same experiences, sometimes together, sometimes as separate groups.

 

Q: How will you decide who sleeps with who in a room?

A: For room selection, we use a mix of asking you what you want (male only, female only, etc.), pairing you with your friends, and a little randomness to make the rooms happen. As the trip unfolds, we will happily accommodate room changes if you need to switch it up, bunk with someone else, or just aren’t jiving with the people you’re currently bunked with.

 

Q: If I’m traveling by myself and someone else is too, can I contact the person beforehand to possibly connect and travel together?

A: Absolutely! We’ll be launching a few things closer to the trip that will help all of us get to know each other better and connect about our plans before the trip begins.

 

Q: Will you guys be checking up on the local advisories and safety conditions in the area we will be traveling to?

A: The safety of all of you is always priority number one for us and we will be keeping a close eye on the local advisories and safety conditions, as well as consulting with our on-the-ground host to get the best understanding we can.

Currently, the Government of Canada advisory level is a 2 (out of 4) “exercise a high degree of caution”, however no “No Travel Advisories” are in place. Other countries with this level of advisory are Mexico, Turkey, United Kingdom, France, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Belgium, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bahamas, China, Vietnam, France, Brazil, and Nepal.

You can see all Canadian travel advisors on the Government of Canada’s Travel Advisory site.

 

Q: What’s covered and paid for during the trip.

A: During the trip, all your transportation and accommodation are covered. We cover a majority of your meals (all but 7), as well as full surf gear, lessons, and excursions.

 

Q: How much extra spending money should I budget for this trip?

A: Most of your expenses during the trip will be paid. You should budget between $20 and $40 per day, plus whatever extra spending money you want for drinks, excursions, gifts, clothing, rugs, etc.

 

Q: How long of a commute is the hostel from the airport?

A: Marrakech airport is very close to the city; 15 to 20 minutes drive from the main square. Budget between 30DH/$5CAD (bus) 100DH/$30CAD (taxi) to get into the city.

 

Q: Will/can we find out what flights other people picked to try and travel as a group?

A: Absolutely. If you haven’t filled out the Flight Survey yet, do so and we’ll work to put together some group travel.

 

Q: Will I need to bring any camping/sleeping gear?

A: All sleeping gear will be provided.

 

Q: Can my meals contain no animal products (vegan)?

A: We do our best to accommodate the various diets people have and will work to ensure that your meals contain no animal products. We can generally accommodate the following diets: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo.

 

Q: What should I pack?

A: You will be given a full packing list approximately 90 days out from the trip.

THE GROUPS

Group 1

Your Group Leaders

 
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Julian DeSchutter

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Amy Tanner

 


Your Group

Alex Kiru
Alys Shantz
Amy Pulliam
Brian Schultz
Bryan Gidinski
Chris Jawanda
Chris Port
Chris Drysdale
David Constantini
Deniz Ivedi

Erica Da Silva
Erica Minisini
Helen Lin
James Schwartz
Jimmy Van Ostrand
Joanna Boyd
Jordan Haefling
Kate Moebus
Katrina Nawrocki
Kim Bellavance

Maddison Myers
Maurissa Bell
Miranda Sam
Naeem Mitha
Olivia Haddon
Sadaf Ladak
Shelagh Paton
Tara Hassan
Tegan Verheul

Your Itinerary

Night 1 in Marrakech
Rodamón Riad Marrakech
Amssafah 32,، Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

Night 2 in The Dades Valley

Night 3 in the Sahara Desert

Night 4 in The Dades Valley

Night 5 to 7 - Tamraght Surf Retreat
Riad Imourane
Km15 Route de Essaouira, Tamraght, Agadir 80000, Morocco

Night 8 in Marrakech
Equity Point Marrakech
Derb El Hammam, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

Group 2

Your Group Leaders

 
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Gordon Swenson

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Dane Bergman

 


Your Group

Amirali Modares
Amy Minh
Andrew White
Ann Danilevich
Benjamin Coburn
Carmen Ruetz
Dolly Araquel
Genevieve Armstrong
Holly Jenkins
Indra Sarwinata

Jenesse Macdonald
Jessa Alston-O'Connor
Jessica van Den Akker
Jordan West
Kristi Fuller
Lionel Ringenbach
Liz Davidson
Martha Estafanos
Michela Andreana
Montana Radok

Nancy Bourdon
Natalia Campbell
Sameer Madan
Sophie Bourdon
Stacey Burgess
Tannia Flores
Tanya Stewart
Victoria Sherman
Zak Laraman

Your Itinerary

Night 1 in Marrakech
Equity Point Marrakech
Derb El Hammam, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

Night 2 in The Dades Valley

Night 3 in the Sahara Desert

Night 4 in The Dades Valley

Night 5 to 7 - Tamraght Surf Retreat
Lunar Surf House
The Lunar Surf House, Tamraght, Ouzdar, Morocco

Night 8 in Marrakech
Rodamón Riad Marrakech
Amssafah 32,، Marrakesh 40000, Morocco