a

 

Surfing

 

The history of surfing in the Maldives has a fairy tale quality. Sydney surf travelers Tony Hussein-Hinde and Mark Scanlon were shipwrecked here in the '70s on their way to somewhere else; while they were salvaging the boat, they'd cruise past all the reefs north of Male, and as Hussein-Hinde remarked, "we reckoned those reefs would be perfect once the wind switched."

The Maldives has to be one of the worlds best spots for a surfing vacation it offers experiences similar to that of the more remote areas of Indonesia but with safer conditions and wonderful tourism facilities.

A great variety of reef breaks exist ranging in intensity from quite relaxing glass walls to powerful hollow tubes. There is something for everyone in the Maldives and it's a perfect location.

Big map of the Maldives Atolls...

 

Surf Season
The Surf Season runs from mid February to November when swells are produced by winter low pressure systems in the southern Indian Ocean.
The best waves can be experienced from March to October, with the biggest swells likely to occur in June/July/August. more ...

Surf Equipment
Bring everything you need because surfing equipment is virtually unavailable in Maldivian resorts.
Most surfers will find a short fun board suitable for most conditions in the Maldives, but bring a longer board for bigger swells.
The water is warm enough to swim without a wetsuit, though a light suit or rash vest is a good idea, for protection from the sun and from the coral.
Booties are essential for picking your way over exposed coral reefs, and a helmet is recommended. more...

Surf Locations

North Male Atoll Breaks
North Male' Atoll has the biggest concentration of resorts and the most accessible, best-known, and most popular breaks in the Maldives. more...

Map of North Male Atolls...





Soth Male Atoll Breaks
South Male' Atoll breaks are usually a couple of feet smaller than those in North Male' Atoll, but can be excellent if there's a big swell. There are fewer resorts here, but the surf is accessible by boat from Male' in a couple of hours. more...

Map of South Male Atolls...



Central Atoll Breaks
Central Atolls is possibly the least surfed area in the Maldives. Only one day by boat from Male this surfing region can offer world class surfing potential. With several amazing waves inpeticularly in the Muli area.

For Inner Atoll surfaris, LineUp Surf uses modern boats that are based on an updated versio.

Big map of the Maldives Atolls...



Outer / Southern Atoll Breaks
The breaks in the southern atolls work on a wider range of swell and wind conditions than those of the Inner Atolls so an experienced Outer Atoll guide is essential. more...




     

© 2008 LineUp Surf Travel. all rights reserved