How it all began...
Originally from the North of Morocco, Morad grew up surfing the local spots in his hometown of Mehdia. After several years working there as a beach lifeguard and surf instructor, he came to Tamraght to work at a local surf school and never left.
Sophie first came to Morocco in 2010, to surf and experience the area of Taghazout and it's world famous surf. After a week's stay, she was destined to return and did so over the coming years. She left Wales in 2012 to live in the South of France, but her itchy feet and memories of Morocco eventually lead her back, with no plan - just a one way ticket.
Meet Morad - Co-founder and surf school manager
Morad is an ISA Level 1 qualified surf coach and loves nothing more than sharing his passion for surfing and the ocean.
He speaks English, German, French and his native language of Moroccan Arabic.
With his patient and friendly manner, he creates a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for you to fully switch off and enjoy your experience of Morocco.
Morad also holds an ISA certificate in Adaptive Surf Instruction and is part of the team at Surfability UK CIC in Swansea, South Wales where he also instructs throughout the year.
Meet Sophie - Co-founder and retreat organiser
Sophie is your first point of contact, and will be happy to make your stay at Villa Azhar as comfortable as possible.
Sophie is an avid surfer and certified yoga teacher. She has over 10 years experience in both hosting and organising retreats and is here to make your retreat dreams become a reality!
Her local knowledge & language skills (English, French and Moroccan Arabic) combined with her love for surf, yoga and travel will ensure a memorable trip and a truly authentic experience of Morocco.
Meet Fatima - housekeeper and in-house chef
Fatima is our amazing chef and top housekeeper, making all your yummy meals and keeping the Villa sparkly clean.
Fatima is from our neighbouring village of Tamaouanza and has been part of the Azrac team since opening our Villa in 2019.
Always with and a huge, warm and welcoming smile, she loves nothing more than creating dishes with love - come learn all about Moroccan cuisine with Fatima in our Moroccan cooking experience!
Meet Imran - local host and surf school assistant
Imran is your go-t0 guy whilst staying with us at Villa Azhar.
With his gentle nature and big smile, he's always around to help - and he also makes a delicious tagine!
He loves to surf and being in the water with our guests, and will be happy to share his favourite surf spots with you during your stay.
Meet Bella - fluffy beach friend and house guardian
We adopted Bella in October 2018 from our friends at Morocco Animal Aid, who saved her from the streets, gave her a home and took amazing care of her.
Bella is now our family pet, and she loves nothing more than running along the beach, playing in the waves and hanging out with everyone at the beach.
Meet Norah - future surf champion of Morocco! :-)
Norah is our energetic daughter and mini surf-enthusiast. She loves being out in nature, building sandcastles and playing in the ocean.