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Kainoa Mallet, Surfer, Reunion Island

Born and bred in Reunion Island, I started surfing here when I was about 2 years old. Sadly, since 2011, we have had a lot of terrible shark attacks on our island and it really affected us (around 25 attacks and 11 people died...) RIP to the friends and legends we lost.

About 90% of the Reunion surfing population have stopped surfing or have moved somewhere else. Some surfers decided to keep surfing there even though it became one (if it's not the most) sharkiest place on the planet. I am one of them.

Surfing is more than a passion for me and it was totally impossible to stop with the perfect waves we have. Everything is about the sea for me. I grew up in a surfing family, I have been surfing and growing up with the same friends since my childhood and even my grandma used to surf. I surf at least 10 hours a week.

Since 2020, I've been uploading videos on YouTube, I record myself surfing using a GoPro as a first person view and have been using the Ocean Guardian FREEDOM+ Surf for protection.

Thanks to Ocean Guardian for keeping an eye on me, your material helps me so much to keep cool in the water! It even permitted me to go back to sunset sessions (didn't do any sunset sess between 2014 - 2020)!

August 2021

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