Sipping Sahara

posted by / News / January 3, 2010

Sexy lines of Sahara sands.

Sexy lines of Sahara sands.

Taylor Steele rings in the final chapter of his next Sipping Jetstreams film in darkest Africa

By Nathan Myers

There’s no beer in the Sahara desert. In fact, there’s no fun at all. All twelve or so people living here are strict, non-boozing Muslims. They’re everyday squatting in the middle of 50,000 miles of nothing. Eating camel and donkey for breakfast. Sneaking antique assault rifles around the heavily-mined wastelands. And it’s all very un-New Yearsy.

I do not recommend hosting your party here.

I say this from experience. I’m writing this from the Sahara right now, completely non-hungover from our New Years un-celebration.

Bad ideas never sounded so good.

But this Saharan New Years celebration is hardly the first questionable decision a solid swell has inspired in for filmmaker Taylor Steele. Purple blobs give him tunnel vision. Make him think irrationally. Holidays get liquidated into frequent flier miles. And nothing else seems to matter. So when this latest post-Christmas cold front sent a solid swell spinning toward western Africa, he scrambled a crew for an emergency strike on a remote stretch of nowhere. Screw New Years.

As the neon apple dropped in NYC, Marlon Gerber, Mikala Jones, SURFING photographer Jeff Flindt and Taylor Steele clinked canteens to toast yet another successful reckless decision.
Sahara is not an easy surf trip. Turn-ons include camel kebabs, landmine leftovers and long hikes in the desert. Weather: the moment you’re not blazing hot, you’re freezing cold. Politics: four different nations maintain half-hearted hostilities over this barren wasteland. And none of them surf. Waves: totally empty. If you run across another surfer out here, you feel like kissing him on the lips…then moving on to your own perfect pointbreak. Don’t worry…it’s not likely to happen.

Anyway…

Stay tuned for the full Sahara story in SURFING Magazine. Castles in the Sky, Steele’s next installment in the Sipping Jetstreams trilogy and the reason for this adventure, will be hitting theaters this June 2010. The first premiers will not be held in the Sahara.

Hot and cold, Steele and Flindt.

Hot and cold, Steele and Flindt.

Sahara sunset. Stay tuned...the best is yet to come.

Sahara sunset. Stay tuned...the best is yet to come.

Long walks on the beach...really long.

Long walks on the beach...really long.

Mikala Jones is no stranger to strange places.

Mikala Jones is no stranger to strange places.

Landmines! Marlon finds a bomb in the desert.

Landmines! Marlon finds a bomb in the desert.

Gerber gets framed.

Gerber gets framed.

For his Sipping trips, Steele gets tight with the locals

For his Sipping trips, Steele gets tight with the locals

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7 Responses to “Sipping Sahara”

  1. Stan says:

    Can’t wait for the movie!

  2. mic says:

    100 guys at blown out 2 foot Sarangan 50 At Kramas in January.
    A few Muslums, Camel meat and empty long ones sound pretty freaking good m8….
    The bit about kissing another surfer on the lips is a bit worring, unless it that brazzo chick that charges all the big stuff. Whats her name?

  3. Yeah says:

    these guys are in southern morocco, not western sahara.

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  5. abdelila says:

    i’m really disappointed by nathan mayers article!!! it’s unfortunately full of shit, i was these guys surf guide me and denny! nobody was eating donkey, and the population in where we were staying is about 10 thousand people and there is no four nations fighting for an empty land, it was absolutely Moroccan sahara, and there is one bar in that place!!

  6. sahara surfer says:

    abdelila is right, this article is full of shit but i advise all the surfers that want to come to moroccan sahara to stay at dakhla , never come cause we will be waiting for everyone with bombs lol

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