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One of those pictures, which will forever be engraved in your mind! Despite the thunder of this powerful monsters crashing on the corals, this was the most peaceful place for me. No chatting, no people. Just nature, water, energy! I took it easy for the first two waves I took. This is a place, which works in a different way every day, where you have to know the wave and it is definitely not a children’s playground. Mistakes are not to be recommended. The next big set was coming. I turned around. As I was still alone I could take the wave I wanted. Never take the first one of a set, rather the biggest! This beauty was just a big big mountain on the outside, accelerating towards the reef. I always had an eye downwind to see if it was closing out and another eye on the wave behind me. Good timing! The monster started to build up and build up. So much energy! I took a lot of speed down the line early enough to make the next section. The face was so clean, and under myself I could see the corals just an inch under the surface. The crystal clear water got sucked away, I had to go more downwind, always accelerating more and staying on the wall. No mistake. Then I went for a dedicated bottom turn, the rail of my board digging a curve into the glassy surface. I just made it up to the lip for the cutback nearly upside down before tons of water of this monstrous barrel would be crushing on me. The sound of an explosion behind me. In the spray of the cutback I could see a rainbow, waterdrops on my face. Than again full speed down the line, this was definitely the fastest wave I ever surfed, one turn after the other, the powerful lip throwing me into the air.

I sailed myself in such a kind of flow. I felt so good in the water, so at home! I just let my feelings guide me. And somehow I was always on the best waves. It was like a conversation between me and the ocean, telling me where to go, where to turn around. Like all the molecules of the water would tell me about their journey from far away to this beautiful place. All this energy getting unloaded right here in front of me and I was allowed to observe a glimpse of that power, to be part of it! Just unreal! After, I guess two hours, two friends of mine – an Italian guy Renato and Roman, a wave sailor from Austria, came to join me. It was just we three for the whole day. Great to find people to share such experiences!

In the evening we all went to our local „restaurant” „Mama´s“ as we called it. A little snack place with some plastic tables and chairs in the inside. A big fat mama cooking really good local food for an incredible cheap prize. Once again we had to wait for two hours, but today it didn’t matter. In the meantime we had one beer after the other, everybody telling his experiences from today. All had a great session somewhere. I could see it in their shining eyes. The next three days we were still very lucky with the conditions. All the Austrians were very motivated to get a good photo session outside on the reef. So in a two weeks work we had organised some iron rods and a lot of wood from some construction sites from local people. So we could build a five meter high platform, which we transported with fisher boats to the reef right in front of one eye. So we finally managed to get some really good shots from that spot! But this one big big day was just for myself. There are certain moments in your life where you cannot, should not, take photos. The image will stay in your mind anyway!


One week later the next big swell hit the island. But this time directly coming from the west, which meant that all channels were closing out. The rescue boats of the station where on the beach, the station closed. If you have fun in your life you shouldn’t even go out in the lagoon. It was choppy anyway and the current much too dangerous. We just went to the beach to observe the waves. I never saw an eight-meter wave breaking on a 30cm deep reef, throwing a fountain of spray 30 meters in the air. This time I had nothing to do out there! But I couldn’t stop taking pictures from the land. It was time to profit from the swell and go surfing! There are also world class famous surfing spots on the island. One of them is near the quiet, unhurried village of Tamarin. It is a beautiful beach, locals are sitting around, playing guitar, drinking their beer, listening to Seggaetheir local music, and smoking whatever. And in the back a beautiful mountain reminding me of the Swiss „Matterhorn“. I couldn’t close my mouth when I saw the breaking wave of the main break. There was a reason that every year the Billabong Challenge has a stop at that place. A 600 meter long wave of 3 to 4 meters height tubing all the way down the line.

The locals were definitely enjoying their time, they got tubed one time after the other, throwing their cutbacks and 360s into that hollow monster. I just had to swim outside. But definitely not to take a wave but to take some pictures of this perfection from the water! Awesome! In that big bay of Tamarin we found a second spot called „Black Rock“, which can also be surfed by lets say „surfing windsurfers“ like me. We had to walk around the whole bay, cross the little river and continue in a beautiful little forest to get there. It was as well a very clean wave, but the reef was deeper and so the wave was not so powerful and hollow. We had a great session. Sharing the waves, talking bullshit, getting washed, just having fun and once again enjoying just being in and under the water. Sometimes I ask myself if I was a fish in earlier times?

Days like this with either a too big swell or not the right wind direction, are perfect to discover the island in the search for other spots. With southwind and big swell there is another reef in “Petite Rivière Noire”. But you need a boat to accompany you, as the reef is far outside. It generates a beautiful wave, but unfortunately breaking on a dry reef. There are a lot of good freestyle spots around the whole islands, you just have to check out that the water in the lagoons is not to shallow. There are spots on the east cost, especially “Blue Bay”, which is also a famous destination for kiters. The wind is a bit onshore there and not that strong. In the north at “Cap Malheureux” you have a great sourrounding, lagoons, little islets everywhere, beautiful beaches and this place works with north-east to east wind. I guess there are as well other wavespots on the island, but I think we should leave them for the Locals.

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To do's besides sailing and surfing

This island is definitely too beautiful not to spend some days in exploring other places beside the Windsurf spot. The interior of the country contrasts with the coastal stretches. The temperature is lower and the scenery is lush and green. I just can give you a little recommendation, but the rest you should discover yourself. Definitely you shouldn’t miss the capital „Port Luis“ with its daily market. The fragrance of spices is in the air and the atmosphere of this crowded place is great. Just go around and see all the people selling their fruits, veggies, textile stuff, saris, very nice fabrics and materials, spices, meat, fish. Take a little bit of cash with you and enjoy bargaining! Or even better just sit down beside the street and observe the people and their mentality.

A real nature experience is the tour around the southwest of the island. You start with the National Park of Black River, climb up at Chamarel where you have a great view from the Brabant until Tamarin, then here are waterfalls waiting for you to be discovered, Hindu temples, and driving down over the mountains to Suillac you get an impression of the landscape with the cane fields etc. In Suillac you should take your time for some impressive beaches like „GrisGris“. The reef is the closest to the shore here, so you can see the waves breaking directly on the beach. Driving back to Le Morne, you again pass by at waterfalls, the “ Rochester Falls”. This is the most beautiful coastal drive I know! In Le Morne, the little fisher village, you should stop and get some Marlin steaks, squid, or whatever fresh fish you like, from the people selling their catch from the morning.

I also wouldn’t miss to climb one of the mountains - either the „Le Morne Brabant“ , the highest one „Black River Peak“, or near Port Luis the interesting looking „Peter Boos“. Great views on a sunny day everywhere! And - don’t forget to talk to the local fisherman. They are happy for to take you on a tour to other little islands, or show you places where you’ll most possibly meet dolphins. Snorkling with the dolphins was an unreal, unforgettable experience for me. There is a lot more to see, but you find that information in every normal travel guide. Just go on your own adventure! Lost in thoughts and finishing writing that story, I get myself a typical Mauritian drink. On the bottle of the island´s best rhum I find Mark Twain’s sentence again: “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then Heaven; and that Heaven was copied after Mauritius.” I might come back here.


Travel: From Germany and Austria there are direct flights from Vienna, Munich, Duesseldorf and Frankfurt with LTU, Condor, Air Mauritius and Lauda Air. From Italy many people also travel with Emirates. From France as well with Air Mauritius. Many of the airlines have „ok-deals“ for the equipment. Inform yourself before about the current situation. Outbound it is a night flight. Flight time eleven to twelve hours. Time change form middle-Europe: two hours.
Visa: not necessary for three months
Currency: The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee. At the time of writing 100 rupees were 3 euros.
Language there is an opportunity to practise your French, but almost everybody speaks English as a second language
Transport: There are everywhere colourful, cheap local buses, but they stop running in the early evening. Taxis are not that expensive either if you know how to bargain. Best is to rent your own car or motorcycle, so you also discover this beautiful island. Cars are available for 20 euros a day for long term rental (more than two weeks). Address see down here.
Apartments/Hotels: There are two beautiful luxury hotels directly at the spot of Le Morne. The Berjaya (protected from the wind) and the Indian resort. The latter is working together with the surf station. If you bargain a little bit you can get a deal for 150 euros for two persons a night. Not cheap, but it’s worth it. I can recommend both of them:
The other possibility, the real cheap one, is to rent an apartment in La Gaulette, which is the closest village to the main spot. You can get apartments or a whole house for two until six-eight persons for 20-80 euros a day. There are two tour-operators at the moment. With them you can rent a car, book boat tours, etc:
Mr. Jay Luximon, very nice reliable guy! :
Mr. Ropsen:,
Conditions: Best time and windy season is from April to November. In July-August it is getting a little bit too crowded. Waves: All year round. Biggest swells in July/August, but often too big! You have at least a chance to get 70% of windy days. The wind is most of the time not too strong – that means you are fine on a 5.0, 5.3. But there are also windy days, when you need at 4.2! It is raining a lot! Not the whole day but you can have those 5 min showers several times a day. In wintertime (June-September) it can get chilly in the evening. You need a thick sweater, long trousers, and also a short wetsuit!
Surf school: There is only one surfstation at the spot. Felix Nollmann, the owner, is a very nice person. They rent mistral-north equipment and kite material, but book it in time! They also have a very good rescue team, but try not to need them to often- it is expensive and at 4.30pm they close their station!
You find more kite rentals on other places on the island like Blue Bay and at the east coast.
Eating out: There is a big range of restaurants. The local snack places where you can have dinner for 3 euros until the more expensive restaurants with Creole specialities for 15 euros. You can also eat at the buffet at the hotels for 15-20 euros.
People, culture, etc... This year unfortunately there were some thefts at the car park. But generally there is no problem on the island. Incredible friendly people, very helpful, very open. Discover yourself!


text: Uli Hoelzl , photos: John Carter, Michael Kalensky, Uli Hoelzl © windgirls 2006