by Ben Horvath
(Photos by Coops (epicswells.com), Joel Coleman (saltmotion.com) and Ben Horvath)
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After a record run of 19 days in a row above 22 degrees during May and hardly a swell worthy of mention at The Perfect Wave HQ in Sydney, it was great to finally enjoy the first real groundswell of winter this week. Clean, 5 to 8ft lines marched up the coast from the south on Monday June 16. Pity the offshore westerlies felt bitterly cold after such an unseasonably warm run, and most of the northern beaches were closing out in the straight south swell.

Victoria was pumping too, but with winter comes plummeting land and water temperatures. I ventured south to find a line up that wasn’t closing out, but it was crowded. Look closely at the dark blue water colour and the steamer clad surfers in the below line-up photo taken on Monday, and then look at the warm, turquoise blue water in the photos taken by Joel and Coops in the Maldives recently. Then look at Joel’s photo of Manly.

Maldives vs Manly. Warm vs cold. Peak season vs south swell season. Reef breaks vs straight-handers. No contest really: Escape winter now!

As air and water temperatures drop further in Australia over the next month or two, the Maldives surf season will be hotting up. Picture postcard palm-fringed 3-4ft line-ups, complete with 30 degree Celsius water and land temperatures, combined with peak season Indian Ocean SSW swells.

Add professional photographer and host Mikala from shesurfs.com on Haira surf charter at a discounted rate 20% off and enjoy a wide variety of activities like snorkelling and fishing with a bunch of like-minded surfers.

Have the time of your life with an experienced surf guide who will direct you to the very best breaks to suit your ability.

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Haira surf charter - photo Coops; epicswells.com
Haira surf charter – photo Coops; epicswells.com

 

Maldives, not Manly (photo: Coleman; saltmotion.com)
Maldives, not Manly (photo: Coleman; saltmotion.com)
Maldives, not Manly (photo: Coops; Epic Swells)
Maldives, not Manly (photo: Coops; Epic Swells)
Manly on a winter south swell. Aaaargh - Photo by Joel Coleman (saltmotion.com)
Manly on a winter south swell. Aaaargh – Photo by Joel Coleman (saltmotion.com)
 Cold, dark blue water and wetsuits: south of Sydney on June 16th - Photo Ben Horvath
Cold, dark blue water and wetsuits: south of Sydney on June 16th – Photo Ben Horvath

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Ben Horvath

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