The Best New Boards To Pack For Your Maldives Surf Trip In 2017

29 Jun 2017 0 Share

Tim Hanrahan

Coastalwatch Board Reviewer

COASTALWATCH | GEAR GUIDES

MALDIVES BOARD GUIDE 2017

PRESENTED BY THE PERFECT WAVE

Hosted by Dayyan Neve & Tim Hanrahan
Video by Matt Johnston 

The Maldives is one of the most beautiful and accessible surf locations in the world with its crystal clear water, perfect waves and great hospitality. You can fly in and get on a boat and cruise the Atolls or stay in a luxury resort and be take out daily while the kids and partners relax on the island. There is beginner right up to advanced waves, 2-3 foot up to 6-8 foot. 

The Maldives made up of 26 atolls and over a thousand coral islands located in the Indian Ocean. To get to the Maldives flights are available with a minimum one stopover to get you to Male where you will then be picked up by your resort or surf charter. 

The Perfect Wave provides a number of resort and boat trips in all areas of the Maldives. Their boat trips can fit any budget or surf level. They even provide signature trips with Barton Lynch (see video at bottom of page), Bob McTavish, Pam Burridge & Occy each year. 

In this guide, we've put together a quiver of boards perfect for this season's swell in the Maldives. 

Coastalwatch product guides are created seasonally to highlight some of the best new products on the market, in commercial partnership with the world's leading surf brands. They are here to educate you about what is available and assist in making your decision easier!

PYZEL SURFBOARDS - Voyager 1

This board: 6'1/30L

Designed with help of John John Florence. This board is designed for when the waves aren't powerful. It is flatter, with less rocker and a single concave right the way through the length of the board and a tail flick. The single concave will allow for speed and drive. 

Wave height: 1-6ft
Recommended for: Kandooma, Lohis, Carpe Diem 

CHILLI SURFBOARDS - Faded

This Board: 6'4/34L

Taken over from the fader, a bit wider. It's a great step-up board and very versatile. It's a thicker, wider board for a slightly bigger build and bigger waves. This board has great paddle power with extra width at the front and has an extra 6-ounce glass on the top and carbon on the bottom for extra strength. Shorter, fatter and wider but capable of holding in bigger waves.

Wave height: 4-6ft
Recommended for: Cokes


TOMO SURFBOARDS - SKX 

LTF and EPS Foam the same as Firewire. Sometimes the Sci-Fi is so wide in the tail, it's too fast so it looses control on powerful waves. This board has had the tail brought in to have increased control. Stu Kennedy has been riding it. If you've ridden the Sci-Fi and loved it, you'll love this one too. 

Wave height: 3-6ft
Recommended for: Sultans, Jails, Honkies

SKULPT SURFBOARDS - Donut Dagger

EPS board with core reactor blank that gives a great flex pattern and the stringers follow the rails. It's designed to be ridden as a twin fin. The fins are set up further back than normal. It's a light, fast board. This is a funky bat-tail and side-cuts with flies. 

Ride when it's too small for your regular shortboard and want to put something different into your surfing. This is a modern, new school board with channels through the tail. 

Wave height: 2-6ft
Recommended for: KandoomaLohis

SUPER BRAND - Siamese Twin

This board: 5'7/28.5L

It's a straight up twin fin with no trailer plug. It's going to be a fast, loose, responsive board. It has a big, deep swallow tail for hold and control as well as big channels. Would be great for a long running point break 

Wave height: 2-6ft
Recommended for: Chickens


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