This year, Mauritius had the honour of hosting the 3rd stop in the 2016 Hydrofoil Pro Tour with 44 of the world’s best hydrofoil kite boarders. The event was sponsored by Preskil Beach Resort, therefore meaning that it took place at the beautiful lagoon of Pointe d’Esny Beach. The picture perfect location was the perfect setting for the event, because of the crystal clear water, protected lagoon and beyond perfect wind conditions, which make it unreal to sail in.
The venue of the race, at Pointe d’Esny could show itself from the tricky side with its difficult tide cycle. So when racing, did racers have to be aware of the tide cycle to play it into their race strategy. So when trying to catch the tide, was it important to be careful of the sea floor reef, to make sure that they did not crash.
Throughout the event was the racers blessed with great wind conditions, flat water, blue skies and a beautiful backdrop of Mauritius. The competition was strong and action packed with all from lead changes, huge crashes and tactical manoeuvres, meaning that anyone at anything could change the race.
The Pro Tour races were 4 miles long, but a racer could easily go double that distance when navigation themselves up and down the course through tidal current and wind shifts. With full speed and power the racers should be careful not to crash at full speed or get there kites tangled with a fellow racer. So even if everything went as planned, the racers would still be trashed after a long race, no matter what shape they would be in. If the sailors showed up to early training, would they have sailed more than 200 miles in under a week.
Doing the whole event was Mauritius a perfect destination for both racers and family enjoying the island, but on the final day were all racers ready for a showdown of epic proportions. Doing the whole week have there been many discussions on who was going to win the whole thing. All the racers had been working hard doing the whole race getting ready for the final movement on who was going to take it all.
During the final day was the wind a little tricky, where the size of kite would have all to say during the race. The shallow water and ripping current was also all factors that would have a say to who was going to win.
Nico Parlier, who has done very well in all the races, came out swinging as he won the final races and therefore securing the top spot in the podium.