ROAD TRIPPIN///LOST IN MOROCCO WITH KELSEY BROOKES…

October 25, 2007  |  Uncategorized

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When our boy KELSEY BROOKES isn't getting busy at the drawing board, he's traveling the world in search of the perfect wave. This month's trip took him to Morocco where the camels were feisty and the waves were almost non-existent. But hey, it's all about the journey, right? HERE WE GO:

"For me the purest and most potent form of happiness is achieved through surfing. Hence, the more I surf the more potential I have of tapping into that happiness. So, whenever I have saved up enough money and can take the time from painting I surf, preferably in other countries. I chose Morocco this time because of a movie I saw a year or so ago. The waves looked amazing, the country looked open and wild, and I have a good friend living there at the moment, so I went. Below are some photos of the trip. We didn’t score any great waves really (as will be evident by the lack of any good surf photos) and when the waves suck you end up driving all over looking for surf. So most of my time was spent hanging out of car windows snapping images of interesting things I saw at 70 miles per hour."

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This guy is King Mohammed the VI and currently rules over Morocco and its people. He also totally rules at stand up jet skis. Whatever happened to the stand up jet ski anyway? There are photos of the King ever where you go in Morocco. This one was in one of our Hotel rooms...

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We started out this trip in Casablanca and drove about 9 hours south to the little surf town of Taghazout. Taghazout used to be a not so famous stop on the hippie trail but that was like 40 years ago. Most of the travelers there now are surf hungry Euros. The next ten or so photos are of the drive south. This one is of a guy walking in the street. Everyone walks in the street in Morocco but not everyone has a cool robe like this dude...

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Lots of scooters…

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Max capacity hay…

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Donkeys are a popular (and green, everything is green these days) alternative to scooters…

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Carpooling is also popular. That is a dude in a trunk. So rad…

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This van was so packed this dude had to ride half in the car/half outside…

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This is a goat in a tree. And it’s not like they stay on the lower branches, they go way out on the little ones too…

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If you go to Morocco there is a three-picture minimum for camel photos. This is the best one of my three…

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We were there during the month of Ramadan so not a lot of shops were open during the day, but every one was open at night…

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The all-night chop shop...

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Morocco Mural #1: Check out those glasses. I like to imagine a little kid with glasses decided he was sick and tired of seeing murals of kids with 20/20 vision, so he rolled that big bolder close to the wall, stood up on it and scratched those frames onto the mural. On a side note, doesn’t that kid on the right look a bit like Kim Jong-Ill?...

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Morocco Mural #2: Giant right hand dude…

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Morocco Mural #3…

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Morocco Mural #4: Half shark, half seal…

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Morocco Mural #5...

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Morocco Mural #6: This would be so rad…

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Every truck we saw in Morocco—and we saw a lot—had a pioneer sticker and a Nike swoosh somewhere on it. This one had both…

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This dude was so stoked on the swoosh that he had little metal ones welded to the back of his truck…

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East Meets West #1. These girls were super into the Stones…

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Best road sign ever!...

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We noticed this guy the day prior on the side of the road and whenever anyone would drive buy he would stand up and pull this chipmunk on a string out of his pocket. The chipmunk would start spazzing out and wiggling all over. Such an amazing sight. We talked a lot about it that day and decided that if the guy and his chipmunk were still there when we went back after surfing we would buy the little guy (the chipmunk). Sure enough he was and, just like that, we had a pet…

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This is the little dude. Complete with leash and harness. He cost us about two dollars, way worth it I think…

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After about ten minutes of letting the little dude run around the car, we decided the best course of action was to let him go, so we found a suitable location for the release and cut him free. I like to think he (the chipmunk) is living the good life now, down by the beach maybe picking up surfing. More likely, though, he ran back to that kid who then sold him to the next batch of animal friendly suckers that drove past…

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Costal Panorama…

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This is the view we had from our front patio at Tagazout. So perfect, but frustratingly small...

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This dude found a sweet place to chill…

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Flipping through hotel TV channels in other countries is always a blast, especially when you run into something like this. This was actually an American show: naked girl wrestling. No wonder people in other countries think we suck. We bomb the shit out of countries for vague and obscure reasons and then export this junk. It was pretty funny though…

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This dude and his snakes were hanging out at the entrance to the Marrakech souks (markets) and charged everyone a buck to take photos of them. The next 5 photos are of the market and its vendors. You could buy absolutely anything you wanted there, from the hides of all of Africa’s endangered animals to orange juice. Totally overwhelming to every sense…

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Yet another example of a beautiful American export (TGI Friday’s that is). My buddy Brent was stoked. He filed an application that night…

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Surely the “McArabia” is one of the world’s ultimate crappy juxtapositions. No question about it, Mc D’s sucks a big one, but every country I have ever been to has at least one and it’s always packed. No difference here…

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Stopped by the POW offices in London on the way back to finish up some work and make sure Uncle Sam gets to pitch in on the wave hunting trips…

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This is Blu and Eric the Dog’s mural just outside the POW headquarters…

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Catch up with Kelsey Brookes when his group show with Anthony Lister and Kill Pixie, "Replace 'Please' with 'Fast,' and 'Thank You' With 'Good,'" opens on November 3rd at The Lab 101 Gallery in LA...

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