Mauritius has gained an exotic image in the heart of surfers thanks to 1974's Forgotten Island of Santosha. The film focused largely on Tamarin Bay, a perfect wave that became a symbol of escapism. The spot had been surfed since the early 1960s, but the epic 8-10ft swell featured in the film captured the attention of the surfing world. Unfortunately Tamarin turned out to be inconsistent, leaving many travelling surfers disappointed. Since then, the focus has shifted to the more consistent, neighbouring island of Réunion. Mauritius has a lack of optimum southwest-facing shores, while the south-facing coast is frequently blown-out by SE trade winds. The local surfing tradition goes back years, but it developed in a sad way, leading to a reputation for localism. Throughout the '80s and '90s, white Mauritians called 'White Shorts' regulated the wave at Tamarin, but the group has since mellowed considerably and generally is no longer an issue.