We here luxuriate, almost always, in a grumpy local rissole. The perfect pressing, breading, baking of grievances, frustrations, love and laughs. But as participation in surfing explodes around the world what are the youngers thinking?
How are they feeling?
I had the wonderful opportunity to find out at least one opinion via the Moroccan Open National Women’s Champion, 22-year-old Ninon Mattei, and believe I am going to turn this into a series. Not concentrating on up-and-coming pros but on the grinders who are sacrificing all for this idiotic surfing life we all love.
How does surfing in Morocco feel?
It feels pretty special actually. The Surfing community is quite small in Morocco , we all know each other especially in the north where I live, we all have respect for each other whatever the level you have and that’s pretty cool. I’ve travelled a lot last year and it always feels so good to be back home. South of Morocco is definitely my favorite place in the world during winter time, we always score crazy good waves.
What is your dream?
A Mentawai boat trip with the crew scoring epic waves. That’s it. That’s the Dream
What is the best part of professional surfing?
I would say doing the thing you love the most in the world everyday and have the opportunity to live off and for your passion.
What is the best part of surfing?
For me it’s the balance of the unpredictable and freedom, surfing is always exciting, you never know what you gonna get, it can be very frustrating sometimes for sure but it also makes things really interesting. You don’t have any control on the waves or conditions but once you’re on the wave you have the freedom to do whatever you want.
Who is your favorite surfer and why?
Hard question. There are so many guys and girls I admire so much. I’m gonna say Abdel El Harim. He is quite a legend in my hometown, best Moroccan surfer so far, I’ve always looked up to him growing up and I still do, he is still ripping hard. What I admire the most about him is how he always manages to have fun in every condition and takes out the best of everything. Beside him, my favorite surfer to watch is Ryan Callinan. I’ve watched his last edit like 400 times, so smooth.
What is your goal?
In general my goal is to improve in every way I can as a person. In Surfing i would say that my main goal is always going to be to get better and scoring good waves. But I have a few goals besides that like doing a good result in couples QS ,finding a sponsor and working on my contest mindset. I really have trouble with that but I’m on it!
Can you reach the top?
It depends what you mean by “Top?” The CT? I wish haha, but I’m realistic. The QS? Besides the fact that the level is more and more high I don’t have any sponsors, doing the full QS is expensive. I’m really aware of that. But my surfing is improving everyday, I really think that I can do some results but like I was saying earlier I really need to work on my mindset to make that happen.
Assuming surfing stays Olympic, will you smash the dang Australians and Americans?
Unfortunately i can’t represent Morocco in the Olympics! I don’t have a Moroccan passport but a French one. But if it was the case i would say that as funny as it could be to see an unknown girl from Morocco smash Steph Gilmore in a Heat i don’t think it’s gonna happen, but you never know! I mean, like we say here: Inchallah!
What is your future?
No idea, I’m not a planner. I really think that the best things in life are the unexpected ones. What has to happen gonna happen but i know one thing for sure: surfing is gonna be in it.
What is our future?
The pandemic made me think about that a lot. Things are gonna change for sure. I’m really aware of negative issues that we have and will have face like the social and economic crisis the Covid is making and the big environmental crisis but i truly want to believe that we also moving toward a better future because people seem to be more and more open minded, more aware of everything that is happening in the world and willing to fight for it. There is always hope after all!