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When staying on an exotic Island in a first class resort it’s pretty hard to get your mind around racing a ski for 20 odd kilometres.

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Friday, 25 February 2011 06:07

Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic 2011

For surfski paddlers looking for fun in the sun...  start making your bookings!  Some of the best downwind paddling in the world (as well as diving, fishing, mountain biking, sailing, you name it)...  Bookings are already pouring in from Australia, South Africa and Europe.

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Sunday, 12 September 2010 10:54

Mauritius - stunning race images

Although the race didn't have the expected fabulous downwind conditions (a cyclone south of the island disrupted the usually reliable trade winds), there was plenty of drama as the paddlers negotiated the reefs during the 28km Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic!

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The right ‘and side of the pass is extremely dangerous,” said Dominic Henry as he briefed an anxious group of paddlers this morning.  They were on their way out from Les Pavillons to scout the channel through the reef for tomorrow’s race.

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Thursday, 09 September 2010 18:06

Mauritius – Day 4 Warm-up race, broken boats

Hank McGregor, Jeremy Cotter and Tom Schilperoort diced most of the warm-up race before being split up by the waves in the channel through the reef just before the finish...

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Wednesday, 08 September 2010 18:13

Mauritius Day 3 – the elites gathering

Another great day – more paddlers, more paddling.  And while the paddlers were doing their thing, a large contingent of surfski WAGs went diving...  (No photos - sorry!)

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Tuesday, 07 September 2010 15:21

Mauritius Day 2 – Downwind Deluxe

Today’s northerly wind resulted in our trying a new downwind route (new for me at any rate) – and a squad of about twenty of us were bussed to Tamarin to paddle 16km downwind to Le Morne.

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Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:43

Shamaal Races: Mauritius, Dubai, SA

Shamaal (noun):  1. Desert Storm 2. The biggest surfski race in history 3. Growing international surfski racing series (3 races in 2010)

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It's not that things got out of hand - far from it - it's just that they didn't go nearly according to plan. The day after the inaugural Mauritius Ocean Challenge, I sat at a yacht club in Grand Baie, beer in hand, staring out at water as blue the bluest tiles in Paul Newman's bathroom.

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"It's hectic out here," yelled videographer Greg Kitto.  "These swells are massive!" 

Kitto was on the media boat following the lead paddlers as they rocketed down 20-30ft faces...

Here's their story...

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