The Maldives has the coolest airport ever!
On its own island and only 20 meters from the airport exit is a huge wharf with taxi boats (dhonies) that take us to The Perfect Wave charter boat, which is a very rad experience.
We surfed head high waves down south at Tucky Joe’s, Quarters, Rip Tides, Jailbreaks and Sultans. We then surfed our way up north, finishing up at pumping 6 foot+ Cokes and Chickens.
The waves are generally softer than what I am used to in Indonesia.
11-13 second period swells in the Maldives compared to 15-22 second period in Indonesia.
Still big and powerful, but not as round or as much variety as in the Mentawais, but the Maldivian reefs will still give you a beating if you get caught out.
There are a couple of heavy barreling waves like Tucky Joes and Cokes, but they need a few different variables to come together to pump, so it can be a bit hit and miss.
There was no shortage of swell in July, in fact, most of us were under-gunned with our board selection.
We had many overhead days. Don’t get caught out like us! The currents are strong during spring tides – the extra foam and couple extra inches make everything more fun.
We had a great trip, fun times and plenty of waves in a very beautiful part of the world.
Words and clip by Rodney Odgaard
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