Chameaux Left Reef

(AKA Chameaux) Le Morne, Mauritius

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Chameaux Left Reef
Chameaux Left Reef
Chameaux Left Reef
Chameaux Left Reef
Chameaux Left Reef
Chameaux Left Reef
Chameaux Left Reef

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Chameaux is situated to the right of Little Reef, underneath the reef bases changes from the stone, sand and sea grass under Little Reef to real corals including fire coral etc. The reef under Chameaux is made up of a mix if very shallow reef area and very deep canyons. There are also columns of coral that can appear as the waves take shape and such water up the front of them.

At low tide the reef is very shallow and you run a real risk of loosing fins, even kite board fins and also damaging the bottom of your board. The left of Chameaux makes a very bowl like wave and the left shoulder of this wave can be ridden but venture too far inside and you will end up on almost dry reef. In conjunction with the bowl shape the wave peaks very high and falls very hard, its not a long wave but you can get away with riding left shoulder at high tide.

Take real care jumping windsurfing equipment there as you can definitely land on a column of rock/coral (I know I have done this taking the nose off my board and also hitting my back trying back loops there) If you ride out in front of the wave once again you have very shallow water as you come back into the lagoon so can loose fins or put a hole in the bottom of your board.

Rescue inside Chameaux is very difficult on bigger days, because you have Small Reef waves starting to break out as far as Chameaux starts so driving a boat around in there is very dangerous for everyone. If you get washed and break a mast or something in there you have 2 options, if a boat is able to come you may have to try to swim out to deeper water outside the breaking waves, or throw your rig and try to surf your board back inside the lagoon, either option will be exhausting and you risk injury on the reef.

Depending where you are the currents will take you either more inside Chameaux or into Little Reef where you will be taken to the pass and back out again either into Chameaux for another washing or out to sea.

edited by admin 18.08.09


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