Surfing the Rough Side of Maldives
Maldives Promotion House – Surfing in the Maldives started out as body-boarding. Earlier natives have been known to body-board with and without wooden planks. Drift wood were also used by the natives for body-boarding.
The modern wave surfing was introduced in the late 70s, by two Australian surfers Tony Hussein Hinde and Mark Scanlon who were shipwrecked on their way to Réunion Island from Sri Lanka, surfing is the second most popular water sport in Maldives. With its many small islands spread over the Indian Ocean, Maldives proves to be a perfect destination for surfing enthusiasts.
The Maldives in recent years has attracted professional surfers as well as beginners. International surfing competitions have also been held in Maldives making it a world famous surfing destination.
Wave surfing is also famous among local youth. With medium and small waves, the capital city Malé hosts a specific area for wave surfers. With an average water temperature of around 28 degree centigrade, consistent surfing conditions are observed throughout the surfing season. The surfing season begins during mid February and ends in November.
March, April and May provide the cleanest waves with June to August bringing the best swells. While average wave heights range from four to eight feet, wave heights have been known to exceed this.
Many resorts are close to surf points or have their own waves. However livaboards can take you to some of the toughest surf points distributed throughout the country. High quality surfing equipment is available at resorts, but those who do not plan to stay at a resort are advised to bring their own equipment.
Some of the famous surfing locations include, Chickens, Cokes, Honky’s, Lohis, Malé Island Point, Natives, Piddlies/Ninjas, Sultans and Tomb Stones on the eastern reef of North Malé Atoll.
Jailbreak near Himmafushi prison and Gurus the eastern reef of Malé, on the southern tip of North Malé Atoll are also famous surf points while Kate’s, Riptides and Twin Peaks of South Male’ Atoll are also famous.
Some of the famous surf spots in Huvadhoo Atoll are, Beacons, Tiger Stripes, Castaways, Blue Bowls, Airports, Five Islands, Two Ways, Love Charms, Antiques, Koodhoo, Viligili, KH, Lips, and Cafe Breaks.
Addu Atoll is also known for its surf spots that include, Gaukendi Bridge, Approach Lights, Madihera, Shangri-la, Kanda Muli, Air Equator Lefts and Kottey. Thundi Beach is also a famous surf spot in Fuvahmulah near Addu Atoll.
With low crowds and few liveaboards that aproach the area, Thaa and Laamu Atolls also host some famous surf spots such as, Yin Yang, Inside Mikado, Refugee’s Lefts, Finnimas, Machine, Malik’s, Bedhuge, Refugee’s Rights, Adonis, Isdhoo Bank, Bowling Alley, Outside Mikado and Mada’s.
The best way to get the most out of a surfing trip to Maldives is to get on a surf charter or a liveaboard. This will offer you a way to avoid the crowds to get some classic waves. However for enthusiasts who wish to experience everything this paradise has to offer, surfing in Maldives does not come cheap.