Probably the most advertised, and the most frequented spot on the island has various conditions due to it’s size and nature.
La Prairie is the upwind part of the lagoon. This is the area you can see when looking upwind from le Morne, and it consists of a very large and pretty shallow lagoon. This lagoon has it’s traps nearer the reef where there are large fields of urchins, and some big patches of staghorn corals in places. When sailing this lagoon one should approach darker patches with care to make sure they are passable. Some very nice downwind rides can be had from there all the way down to the point of le Morne four km away.
Le Morne lies on the South western tip of the island and is the best spot of the island, if your skill level is up to it.
Unfortunately, overcrowding of the point at le Morne is now a common fact in the windy period, bringing with it all the related troubles and frictions. We will not expand on these, but can only recommend a good dose of good will and common sense to avoid any hook ups and consequent troubles.
Le Morne has a comparatively small lagoon, but this is usually well winded, and a little public beach on the point gives access to a great number of riders. This past windy season has seen as many as 150 windsurfers, and many kiters riding together on the lagoon.
The reef offers three different waves for different levels.
The inside reef is the safest, with seaweed covered rocks and few corals, side shore waves that get hollower at low tide.
“Manawa” or “jaws” is the wave past the main pass looking south, facing the mistral centre and hotel. It can hold pretty big, and is a rolling foamball with the odd faster section, ideal for aspiring kiters and windsurfers. Beware when the swell is large, the current in the pass is in the same direction as the wind (out to sea), and can instantly ”kill” the wind when you hit it. Some big predators have also been seen and met in this pass.
“Chameau” is the wave that dreams ( good and bad ones ) are made of. This is the ultimate in wave riding for windsurfers and kiters, and should be approached with great care. The wave is hollow and really shallow, and the amount of masts and egos that have been broken there cannot be told.
“One eye” is the end of the wave and is reserved to surfers only. This break ends in a narrow strong current pass that will suck out any passing object or persons.