WSL PRESS RELEASE
During the first Martinique Surf Pro, pictures of the waves at Basse-Pointe could be seen around the world, proving the strong potential the island has to offer. More generally, Martinique is an ideal destination for those, who wish to enjoy activities on the sea and in the open air. throughout the year, out on the water and back on dry land, there are plenty of things to do.
Basse-Pointe, which is set to host the second edition of the Martinique Surf Pro is not the only top class surfing spot in Martinique. far from it. there are many possibilities to enjoy the surf here and the sea- son stretches out from November to May. in plenty of sunshine, with the sea temperature varying from 23 to 29 °C, a wet suit is an option, as a bathing costume is generally enough, with maybe some lycra, to protect you more from the sun than the cold. As for the number of visitors, the sites in Martinique are still very quiet and you don’t have to fight your way through to catch a wave. This is very different from beaches in SW France… The most popular sites can be found on the Atlantic coast, in particular on the Caravelle Peninsula (Pelle à Tarte, Anse Bonneville, Anse l’étang, Entre Deux, Cocoa). Further North, you may wish to go for Sainte-Marie, l’Anse-Char- pentier, Basse-Pointe of course, but also Grand Rivière – among others, while in the South, go for the area around Sainte-Anne (Les Salines, Anse Trabaud).
At Sea, Ashore and the Great Outdoors
Thanks to the wide range of surfing locations, Martinique offers all the different associated sports such as longboard, Stand up Paddle, bo- dyboard, skimboard (which involves surfing after running from the beach with a small board). Those who enjoy other extreme sports can find what they are looking for too. From No- vember to March, the easterly trade winds are sufficiently strong to allow kitesurfers and windsurfers to enjoy themselves. You can also discover much more of the island of Martinique by hopping onto a yacht or onto one of the famous traditional yoles. The island is also well known for its wide range of diving locations, and also for the opportunity to go rafting. There are just so many outdoor sports to choose from. There is a wide variety of landscapes. In the south, you can enjoy the long sandy beaches, while in the north, with the mountains, you can go hiking or trekking to discover the dense, unspoilt tropical forests.
THE EVENT SITE:
Basse-Pointe is one of the longest waves in Martinique. The site at Basse-Pointe, exposed to the prevailing swell, was not chosen by chance. It offers magnificent right-hander waves, which can be very powerful and are especially long. Breaking over a stretch sometimes in excess of 200 metres, these excellent surfing waves enable the competitors to express their talent fully allowing the spectators to en- joy a fabulous sight last year when the first Martinique Surf Pro was or- ganized here. “As it was a brand new event at a new spot, we didn’t really know what to expect. Throughout the week, the competitors took advantage of world class waves,” confirmed Rob Gunning, tour manager for the WSL Europe. “It was one of the finest events in the Qualifying Series in 2015. A lot of surfers visited the island for the first time. To be honest, we didn’t expect that. We were surprised by the Basse-Pointe spot, but also by other beaches on the island of Martinique. All the surfers left with a huge smile on their faces!”
On top of all that, the spot itself is set in a magnificent location, which is characterized by the force and power of nature. Wild and natural, the site surrounded by cliffs and rocks is very different from what you might expect to find in the French West Indies, but that is what gives it its special charm. Depending on the height of the swell and the light, you can enjoy all sorts of subtleties in an ever-changing at- mosphere. Basse-pointe is also one
of the two places in Martinique (along with Grand-rivière, the most northerly town on the island) where you can still find what the locals refer to as “Bwa flo”, tree trunks that are hollowed out and used by fishermen to surf the waves, which just goes to show how far back the history of the sport goes in this region.
A very quiet town, Basse-Pointe de- serves to be better known. That is why the Martinique Surf Pro will be Pointe Sonn Blind, back here again from 17th to 24th April. At that time of year, the easterly trade winds are less powerful and do not disturb the waves, which be- come glassy and perfectly smooth.