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2010 Island Shamaal (Mauritius): Best pics and Video

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Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic Credits: Barbara Yendell

This year’s Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic produced some of the most spectacular images of surfski racing ever.  Here we showcase the best action images and video.

Punching through

Photographer Babs Yendell caught a great sequence of the lead bunch punching through a wave just after the start.  As they set out from the protected inlet at Soulliac, the paddlers passed the corner of the channel, sets of waves breaking on the reef.

“Here comes a really nasty one," yelled race commentator Dean Gardiner. "Looks like Matt and Hank could be taken out!” 

Check out the sequence – Matt Bouman made a spectacular save!


The reef channel at Le Morne

For me, Le Morne has become the iconic image of the race – and Babs was there to take some superb images of the lead paddlers negotiating the massive breakers.  The channel is wide – and actually quite safe – but is extremely impressive to the intrepid paddlers trying to thread their way through.

The reef projects far out into the ocean and having rounded the corner, you have to angle back towards the island.  Just to make things interesting, there’s a shallow section in the middle of the channel where sets jack up but don’t (usually) break!  There’s another overlapping reef near the shore – do you chance it and go over it, or do you angle right and go around?

The lead paddlers all negotiated the section without problems – but some of the backmarkers were overwhelmed by huge breakers and spent a long time swimming – Boris “Mansurfski” (Hong Kong) being one of them…  Top Aussie paddler Ruth Highman’s race also took a dive (so to speak) at this point!

Here are the images.


Babs' website with these and more images is at www.barbarayendell.com

And finally – the video.

The Three Monkeys team were on hand, filming the action – and made this summary clip.

Island Shamaal Mauritius Ocean Classic 2010 from Reuven Kustanovich on Vimeo.

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