The Best I've Ever Seen The Maldives

July 2016 Report & Gallery by Richard Kotch for World Surfaris

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The 1st of July dawned grey and bumpy but a nice swell was clearly visable under some residual wind chop
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The 1st of July dawned grey and bumpy but a nice swell was clearly visable under some residual wind chop
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The 2nd July was still a bit lumpy and bumpy but there was plenty of space for some open face carves! Photo by Ali
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The 3rd was a beautiful day, sheet glass, nice direction and good waves, everywhere, all day
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Slicing and dicing a glassy Lohis morning on the 4th
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Yael laying down some nice lines during the evening session at Lohis on the 4th
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The 5th and 6th were more of the same - light winds, blue skies and 3-4ft swell
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Lohis on the 7th, small but empty
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Beauty and black beauty at Cokes on the 7th Photo by Ali Ahmed
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Winner of the US Open Tatiana, before the storm on the 7th
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Brent Bielmann on his multi colored shred sled on the 8th the smallest, windiest day of the season so far
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Jesse Mendes flairing into the wind on the 8th
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Nate Banks not taking it personally on the 13th (but who would you rather shoot!)
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Morgan Maassen single fin trimming
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Isabella Nichols making it look slightly prettier on the 14th
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Of course, just ten hours after all the Billabong girls flew out after the worst week on record…Lohis reappeared on the 16th
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Then the 17th was pristine
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The 18th was even better
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The one and only Steve Nunn getting it done on the 18th
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And the 19th was better yet
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It wasn’t easy to leave Lohis but Jails wasn’t bad on the 19th with most guys scrambling to get out of position for the sets
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Brent on the 19th happy with his decision to extend his stay at Lohis
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Brent, Ali and the peanut galley
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Marcello and that Lohis feeling
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“Brent kept telling me to go every time a big one came, and you’d told me I was fired if I didn’t get barreled, so I went inside a barrel and the view inside was so beautiful I was happy you guys made me go!” Ali ‘Photo’ Ahmed
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Ahmadhey Agil on his faithful Dahlberg
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Yoni at Sultans on the 28th Shot by Issey
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Cokes on the 27th. Pretty much as good as it gets! Pic by Moosa
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Afternoon swim on the 27th
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It was nice to get back up to Cokes on the 22nd
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Lohis regular Saeed was on his third trip of the year and his positioning showed the time he has put in to being in the right place at the right time!
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Smiley at Lohis on the 28th
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Bright Ben Champion in the evening light
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Dan early mornings at lohis on the 29th
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Sultans on the 25th. Pretty much as good as it gets! Moosa shot
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Ace 57 years young and going harder than ever
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The 25th, Ambition is a beautiful thing
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Midday Lohis on the 29th
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Lohis on the 30th – still overhead if you’re 5’7 and surf like clouching tiger! Photo by Ali
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Steve enjoying his new Dahlberg on the 31st
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Stoked and surfed out at the Lohis bar
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