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Mauritius Surf and Strapless Freestyle

With:Matchu Lopes
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Location:Mauritius
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Scheduled for:14 - 21 October 2022
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Cost of trip:€1550
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Payable now:20%
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Number of Places:12
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What's included:

• All transfers
• Accommodation in double rooms
• 20 hours of coaching over 5 days (waves & strapless freestyle)
• Half board (with private Mauritian chef)
• Photos & video
• Goody bag

If you want to improve your waveriding and score sessions that will sit in your memories for a lifetime, then you need two things: the right coach and the right location.

For this clinic we have brought together kitesurfing world champion Matchu Lopes and Mauritius, the island with the most famous waves for kitesurfing on the planet!

There is simply no better formula for a clinic that will turbo charge your riding and help you to navigate the perfect left-handers of One Eye. Or if you want to up your strapless game, then Matchu can work with you on that as well: he is a world champion in both disciplines…

Matchu will use both land and water based sessions to explain the fundamentals of surf and strapless riding, before taking to the water to work with you to improve your riding. You will ride the iconic Le Morne waves (including One Eye if you wish) as well as visiting other spots around the island.

The focus for this clinic is on working together as well as chilling together. This will be a very ‘personal’ clinic with everyone staying in private villas with three shared pools, and with a local Mauritian chef providing fantastic locally-sourced meals throughout the week which we will share as a group as we recount our adventures from the day: you will truly be living ‘island style’!

The Coach

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Matchu Lopes

Winner of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in 2016, and runner up on two other occasions, Matchu epitomizes the Cape Verdean vibe, both on and off the water. His free-flowing surf style is the envy of most wave riders, and he combines power and finesse with a style that is almost unparalleled in the sport. His strapless freestyle also reflects the many many hours of practice that he has put in at his local Kite Beach on the isle of Sal. Pure power and flawless technique. For this clinic Matchu will be there to use his knowledge to improve your riding – he is a highly experienced coach and has taught from beginner through to advanced level riding. Off the water and Matchu has a well-deserved reputation as one of the friendliest and easiest going kitesurfers you are ever likely to meet… His love for the sport and for life is truly infectious!

Itinerary

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10 October

Arrival day. We will meet you from your transfer at the accommodation – 3 independent villas which are joined through a garden and three pools. You will have a chance to meet the rest of the group, and of course to meet Matchu. Matchu will spend some time with you to check out what you would like to get from the coaching and to set you some goals for the week.

If you arrive in the morning or midday, you can go for some free kiting or chill out, and in the evening we will have a welcome BBQ and kick off the week in style!

11 October - 16 October

This is Mauritius! So we will be mainly led by the conditions and by what the group would like to do. Over the course of the week we will ride many different waves and head to different spots on the island, such as Bel Ombre and Pointe d’Esny, and maybe others. Matchu has been traveling to Mauritius and training here for many years, so you can be sure that he will get you to the best places on the best days.

The general routine is that each day will start with an optional warm up/yoga session, followed by a dip in the pool and a comprehensive breakfast with plenty of fresh fruit and local produce.

After breakfast we will have a morning briefing and discuss the daily schedule and decide on the spots to ride that day. Some mornings before hitting the beach Matchu will have some land-based coaching sessions looking at elements such as wave riding technique, how to read the conditions, choosing the right gear and strapless essentials.

From then we head out and go for our first session. We will then either eat lunch at the villas or at a restaurant on the island, before hitting the water in the afternoon. There will be two coaches on the clinic, so some afternoons Matchu will work with individuals or smaller groups to help them to achieve their goals for the week.

In the evenings we will have a private chef cooking for us while we relive the day and share stories of the epic waves we scored! Then, for two nights, we will head to local restaurants to sample the best food that Mauritius has to offer.

17 October

Depending on your departure time, you may have some free kite time before we get you to the airport.

Spots

Le Morne

The world class breaks of Le Morne need no introduction. If you have ever opened a kiting magazine, or checked over a clip on Instagram, then you will have seen the jewel in Le Morne’s crown: One Eye. Don’t tell anyone, but this insane looking wave is actually relatively easy to ride, due to the wind direction and the speed at which it breaks. With the right tuition, you can expect to be scoring the waves of your life by the end of the clinic…

Bel Ombre

Bel Ombre is a peaceful lagoon that offers plenty of space to work on your strapless freestyle. It’s a refreshing option after the more intense environment of Le Morne so you can stay on the inside and work on your moves and ride with the turtles or – if you want more adrenaline-filled fun – head out through the reef pass to the wave which held the 2019 GKA Wave contest and offered some insane conditions for the pros.

Pointe d'Esny

Pointe d’Esny is also know as Paradise Beach and if you want the true ‘tropical beach’ experience then there is nowhere better. It has the whitest sand, and some of the most incredible coral on the whole island.

There are some wave options outside of the reef, but this is primarily a place to have your mind blown by the sheer beauty of the spot and to tick another trick off your strapless freestyle wish list!

Accommodation

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The Villas

Is this clinic suitable for me?

If you are riding independently, you are ready to join.

Included

  • Airport transfer
  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Accommodation in double room
  • All transfers
  • 20 hours of coaching over 5 days
  • Goody bag

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Rental gear
  • Drinks & lunch
  • Dinners out

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