After an article appeared in Surfer magazine in 1967, the Seychelles isle of Mahé was put on the world surfing map. Aussie photographer Ron Perrott described it as a paradise, influencing many surfers to make the trip, but they came back disappointed. Small, clean, relatively uncrowded surf does exist, but Mahé suffers from a long, shallow shelf, bad location, and extremely inconsistent swells that struggle to produce more than a dozen good days annually. Sitting too far W for the normal groundswell angles in the Indian Ocean, Mahé is usually bypassed, instead relying on a major S swell to hit, or for consistent onshore winds to create surf on the few exposed beaches. Rarely big enough to wrap around to the W coast for offshore conditions, Mahé's surf is either onshore slop or nonexistent. However, it's an island of outstanding natural beauty, granite rock and lush mountains, with narrow coastal strips of gorgeous white-sand beaches. Mahé supports most of the Seychelles' population, along with the package tourists. Victoria is Africa's smallest capital city.