words and photos (c) 2013 Rob Underwood

The start of the month at Kandooma had guests enjoying perfect head high glassy conditions due to very light winds. After a busy June/July, the lucky handful of guests remaining on the island scored great playful waves all throughout the atoll without having to deal with any crowds. Wind was so light it made visibility not unlike an aquarium and Pete, from south of Sydney, after catching his first wave of his trip at Kandooma said “I feel like I’m surfing in a fishbowl!!“. The clarity of the water was just ridiculous.

Surfing Kandooma

These conditions lasted until the 6th of August until a south swell turned South Male’ Atoll into a pond for the 7th,8th and 9th, allowing guests some time to relax and enjoy the beauty of Kandooma Resort until the 10th of August, when the swell turned south east once more and we enjoyed shoulder to head high conditions with a stronger south west trade winds allowing ripple conditions on all right-hand breaks within the atoll.

The following 3 days saw a direct south east bumper swell hit the whole eastern seaboard of the chain with the peak of the swell averaging double overhead Kandooma Right which had some guests running for cover but also had many other guests showcasing some great tube riding. The peak of the swell was a little too big for Quarters and Riptides, but as it dropped, both these breaks were a favourite among guests with the more experienced surfers also sampling a session or two at arguably the best left in the Maldives, Tucky Joe’s.

The last couple of days saw a dissipating swell seeing our dhoni boats travelling to Quarters, giving guests clean, waist-to-shoulder high waves with beautiful 30-degree water and clear sunny skies…

Loving it at Kandooma !!!!

Written by:
Ben Horvath

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