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This corner of the Indian Ocean warms its hands closest to the fiery Roaring Forties low pressure systems that blast out a constant procession of quality swell events across the bottom of the basin. Madagascar is by far the biggest landmass in this watery wilderness, catching the lion’s share of the power on a multitude of southern reefs. Just to the east, the Mascarene Islands peep above the ocean parapet, copping a volley of SW swell and are peppered with famous, classy line-ups, hunkered down on the east coast out of the ever-present E trades. Further north, the obscure archipelagos of the Comoros and the swanky Seychelles both have a few draw cards, away from the masses, in a tranquil, tropical setting.