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Maldives sup trip offered

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Created by tannaman Two weeks ago, 14 Feb 2021
tannaman
34 posts
14 Feb 2021 4:38AM
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Hi All.
live been given the most incredible opportunity to sup surf any area of the Maldives atolls on a live aboard for 10 days this year.
Im thinking the central atolls sound great. I'll be with 3 other suppers of medium to advanced standard.
Any advice and input would be greatly appreciated. I've been invited as a guest but need to come up with input as to where and when to go.
I would like to take a foil as well for smaller days.
cheers
tannaman

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1987 posts
14 Feb 2021 1:45PM
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tannaman said..
Hi All.
live been given the most incredible opportunity to sup surf any area of the Maldives atolls on a live aboard for 10 days this year.
Im thinking the central atolls sound great. I'll be with 3 other suppers of medium to advanced standard.
Any advice and input would be greatly appreciated. I've been invited as a guest but need to come up with input as to where and when to go.
I would like to take a foil as well for smaller days.
cheers
tannaman


Hi Tannaman,

Lucky bugger. But how are you getting there?

I have had a few trips in the southern-central atolls. There are some great waves to be had, and without the normal flood of surf charters, you should enjoy uncrowded waves. You lucky bugger!!

From memory, from around May to August (inclusive) the swell is bigger but the wind is stronger. On my last trip we went in April to try and get the best of both worlds. We had good conditions, but let's face it, on a 10 days trip it depends what Mother Nature decides.

How fast is the boat? That will dictate where you can go because there are not many clusters of breaks. We often spent large chunks of time traveling between breaks, and our Captains would never sail at night - too dangerous.

If you will be visiting south of Male, at Quarters, Rip Tides, Mikado (favorite spot), Mushrooms, Fat Betty's, Machines, and Ying Yangs, I would be happy to share some intel. (Note, some of these breaks go by different names.)

tannaman
34 posts
14 Feb 2021 10:15PM
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Thanks cantsupenough. We fly in from South Africa when COVID allows.
I understand we can go to whatever area we want and I'm thinking sometime between June and October.
The boat is pretty impressive and I think could reach pretty good speeds.
The skipper will be bringing the boat from Indo and I understand has experience as a surf charter skipper in the Maldives.
Wind can be quite an issue for supping so we are happy to choose time accordingly.
I have read that the south atolls are best in September, October while the central atolls are better in May, June, July.
We would certainly choose lesser uncrowded wave and preferably rights.
Im feeling it is such an amazing opportunity, I must do as much research and get as much advice as possible.
A once in a lifetime opportunity so choose with some info and then hope for the best and enjoy whatever we get.
thanks for your input.
tanna

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1987 posts
15 Feb 2021 1:08PM
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The only area that I am familiar with is the south-central atolls - from Male down to the bottom of the central atolls. I think Ying Yang is the most southernmost break. Given that covid will keep most boats in the dock, you should not have the crowds. Once I traveled north and those breaks (Cokes, etc.) have a better reputation, but they, therefore, have the bigger crowds. Plus there are cheaper forms of accommodation. Unless you are after the biggest waves, I would stay south.

You can fly into Male and head south on the boat, or better yet, get into a small plane and fly down to one of the smaller airports. On my first trip, we got a float-plane and they dropped us at the boat. That was pretty cool. (The pilot explained that they must maintain a certain elevation for safety reasons, but not long into the flight he was zooming down over the islands and waves. It was fun but just a bit risky.)

Rip-tides and quarters are not far south of Male, and near a popular resort, so I would avoid them.

Ying-yangs is a challenging wave, but fun. Mikado is a spectacular location and there are a few breaks around. I would definitely go there. But if I remember correctly, they are a little isolated. Machines was great fun on my first trip. Caught some rippers at Fat Betty's. F1's can be risky.

There are lots of beautiful places to visit and incredible waves - but you need to have some luck with wind and swell.

If it were me, I would go in late August or September. June/July are more likely to be windy (and there are frequent squalls/storms). Again, it is up to Mother Nature, but if your #1 goal is swell size, go earlier, if you want better conditions, go later.

I personally like to scuba dive. The manta and whale-shark are not around the surf breaks in the June-August period, if I remember correctly.

tannaman
34 posts
15 Feb 2021 2:30PM
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Thanks for this very helpful input.
Tanna

Warren James
VIC, 17 posts
Monday , 22 Feb 2021 8:21PM
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Sounds like a trip a mate and I have been considering for some time.
can I ash if SUP riders are accepted by the tea bags over there?

cantSUPenough
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Tuesday , 23 Feb 2021 1:31PM
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Warren James said..
Sounds like a trip a mate and I have been considering for some time.
can I ash if SUP riders are accepted by the tea bags over there?


I don't think sup riders are accepted by anyone, anywhere...

But I did not have any trouble over there. Where I surfed I was either with the people on my boat (friends, but they still give me **** about sup riding) or they were from other boats (if you were unlucky). If you followed the rules (i.e. shared the waves) everything went OK. But that is just from my limited experience.

Tardy
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Wednesday , 24 Feb 2021 8:53AM
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Maldives ...yes good place for surf ...I ONLY remember a few names of places because after surfing ,we drunk our memories away .
Love to go back .. Do it .

Warren James
VIC, 17 posts
Thursday , 25 Feb 2021 9:27PM
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How much is a trip to the Maldives for a week these days?



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