Reunion: A blue-ribbon island
Published on 31 August 2015
For locals, the island is a real breeding ground for champions of surfing. After the victory of Johanne Defay at the Vans 2015 US Open at the beginning of August, it was the turn of Jeremy Flores – Honorary Ambassador for Reunion Island – imposing himself on the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2015 on August 27 while wearing the French colors. Currently, these two are ranked in sixth and seventh place respectively in the world rankings.
In total, nearly 1,500 meters of nets will ultimately be developed. A similar work plan was also initiated at Trois Bassins where targeted shark fishing is already hugely effective. An additional safety net will be installed in 2016 with a re-opening of this iconic surfing site expected in the course of next year. In the east of Reunion Island, it is the town of Saint-Benoît which is considering the deployment of added beach security measures in order to fully realize its tourism potential. For now, though, the regulations implemented by the prefecture have shown promising results and have supported a resurgence of water sports activities.