Words Bob McTavish. Photos and video by Andy Potts.


The fourteen of us clambered aboard our cruising home at midnight, got our cabin allocations, met the crew, had a nightcap, and crashed. A Gang from Ireland, England, Jersey Island, Brissy, Cronulla, Manly, Broken Head, and even mighty Murray Patterson, great musician from Lennox.

We woke to the rocking motion as we motored south, away from the crowds of North Male. By nine we were in the water at Quarters, Just Our Gang, or “JOG”.

Then after lunch we launched into Riptides, JOG! Anko our local guide indicated we had a fresh SW swell arriving the next day, so we set off for the long haul to Maroufs, half way down the Central Atolls.

Next Arvo we arrived to four to six foot Lennox look-alike power, JOG, it simply just got better and better! For the next few days! My current favourite break in the whole world. We even snuck down the point a few hundred meters to very finicky Rita’s, which lit up for a few hours. JOG.

Ready for new breaks we chugged off to the Farm, which was nice, but not as nice as the break hidden around the next island, Chambers. JOG. Surf saturated, we completed the Southern Centrals at Machines, collecting the swell from the SE. JOG! Amazing.

So much fun. Surf trip perfection. Wonderful Gang. Live music, with even the crew joining in with the Maldivian drums and fishing songs. Great fishing, Wahoo, Trevally, curries, cocktails, tame Sharks, worlds clearest water, light shows in the sky,it goes on and on. We killed it! Just Our Gang.

I will be doing a trip with The Perfect Wave in 2019, this time to Fiji at Six Senses Resort. Wives, family and friends are invited this time. It is going to be a blast. We are just finalizing dates and details, so please contact The Perfect Wave staff by clicking here and register your interest. Just like this year’s experience, it will no doubt sell out.

Bobby Mac
May 2018