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Take the wave: Surf competitions resume on Reunion Island

Take the wave: Surf competitions resume on Reunion Island ( Islanders and tourists who visit the Boucan Canoe beaches and Roches Noires this weekend will be able to witness after a long time of waiting, a surfing competition on Reunion Island. Hope prevailed among the surfing fraternity for a long time to see such an event return to the Reunion Island beaches. Emotions and thrills will mark the weekend among those who are facing the big blue waves on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21.

This surfing competition for the young, less than fourteen years of age, will take place in the presence of Jeremy Flores, the French top-ranked number one surfer, also the number eight ranked in the world, and former 2009 world champion of surfing. After spending much time in the water with his childhood friends, he will relive a special moment this weekend.

The surf champion péi, Johanne Defay, Honorary Tourism Ambassador of the island of Reunion Island, will also be present.

Upon arrival at his home island, Jeremy Flores, together with sponsors of the event, has already ridden the waves, just to practice before the big day. The young world champion will demonstrate more slippery moves in the warm, turquoise waters of the Indian ocean, before he flies to Australia for major challenges.

The French Surfing Federation, the Reunion Surf League, the municipality of Saint-Paul, Patrick and Jeremy Flores, the Radical Surf Club, and various partners, wanted to offer surfers a secure event on the famous spots of Saint-Gilles (the choice of the spot depends on the swell from the open ocean).

Since the installation of shark nets, in addition to the shark lookout device, surfing was reactivated when it resumed in December in Boucan Canoe and in February at the Roches Noires. The island's swimmers and surfers now taste the joys of renewed water sports. All water activities are allowed inside the perimeter of the anti-shark safety net: surfing, water skiing, boogie boarding, and kayaking.

Today, the party will be big and beautiful. Surfers - amateurs and professionals, young, famous, mythical, and fabulous - all are invited to conquer the new wave (the spots will be reserved for competitions only for 3 hours). This event is the first since July 2013. It will be attended by the surf club association of Reunion, and in attendance will be Patrick Flores, national coach of France surf teams, Jeremy's father.

On the program: The “width Pa Nou"

Saturday, February 20

• from 1 pm: Tag team, relay team of 8 people. 12 teams maximum. The competition is open to all media: surfing, boogie boarding, stand up paddle … Each team must imperatively include a young age of 14, an “old" for over 50 years, and a girl.

• from 6 pm: concert on the Esplanade des Roches Noires.

Sunday, February 21

• from 1 pm: surfing competition for under 14, limited to 35 seats; Expression session bodyboard age of 14, limited to 12 places.

Practical information

• FFS compulsory license

• free registration

• lots: a surfboard to surf the four finalists and a bodyboard bodyboarding for the winner

MEDIA CONTACT: Evelyne Coustillat, Reunion Island Tourism, Phone: +262 (0)262 90 83 69, Fax: +262 (0)262 21 00 21, PRESS RELEASE

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