Rabat – The Moroccan Royal Federation of Surf and Bodyboard is organizing the 8th annual Agadir Open 2018 competition, scheduled for March 16-18 at Imourance Beach in Agadir.A statement by the organizers revealed that more than 260 Moroccan and international surfers will compete for the title of the 8th edition of the competition this year.The event, held in coordination with the Imourane Surf Club and the commune of Aourir, will see the participation of international Moroccan competitors: bodyboarder Ibrahim Iddouch, and pro surfer Ramzi Boukhiam. “The successful organization of previous European and Moroccan championships has emerged as key factors of success contributing to the leadership of Imourane surf club,” which seeks to promote its international reputation, according to the statement.Organizers added that the Agadir Open competition will sponsor international women’s surf and bodyboard competitions for the first time this year, hosted byWave Academy on the Agadir corniche.According to the press release, the events are also sponsored by Agadir’s Regional Council of Tourism and the Souss-Massa region. The Moroccan surf federation is encouraging the Imourane surf club to also host a European surfing competition for junior competitions.The Imourane Surf Club was founded in 2005, by local surfers and bodyboarder enthusiasts. Since then, the club has succeeded in helping surf lovers become national and international surf heroes.The club has previously organized several successful local and international surf events, including past editions of the Agadir Open.
The Spokane-based Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) has changed its name to the American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA). This change comes “after an all-encompassing 18 month process led by the Association’s Board of Trustees with significant membership input.” The NWMA states that while it is changing its name and brand, the mission remains the same: “The Association has long been recognised as the national voice for mineral exploration and access to public lands, and it will continue to advocate for its membership while educating policy makers and the public that mining is the beginning of the supply chain and minerals are the ingredients of life.”Rich DeLong of Enviroscientists, the 2012 NWMA President, summed up the reasons for the change: “The Association’s membership has evolved far beyond the traditional northwest, with more than 65% of its membership outside the northwest encompassing 42 states, seven Canadian provinces and 10 other countries. NWMA had developed a nationwide reputation for its work on behalf of the mineral industry; especially its work on federal mining, environmental and public land issues, and the name no longer accurately reflected who we are and what we represent. The new name reflects more closely the diversity and location of our membership.”Louie Cononelos, the Association’s 2014 president stated: “This is an exciting time to be a part of the American Exploration & Mining Association as it continues to represent the mining industry with a new name that underscores the importance of exploration to our industry and more accurately reflects who we are and what we do.” The new website of the American Exploration & Mining Association is www.miningamerica.org