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.
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!
“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.
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.