Maldives Early Season Pumping Swell

19 Apr 2017 1

THE PERFECT WAVE | SPONSORED STORY

The Off Season Was On

Words by Ben Horvath
Video & Photos provided by The Perfect Wave 

As per in Sumatra when operators get plenty of fun, clean small to mid-sized surf to themselves during the offseason, this past southern hemi summer Brian James, co director of The Perfect Wave Maldives division, spent the offseason renovating his beloved Cokes Surf Camp and discovered many Nth Male Atoll breaks had fun empties too.

Brian said, “Many of my team stayed put at Cokes throughout the offseason through November, December, January and February and we scored some classic Cokes and Chickens sessions with no wind, no one out in the 3-4ft range. It was a real eye-opener.”

“In March, and so far through early April, early season has been great up here at Cokes. We have enjoyed consistent head high and plus waves through March and the winds have barely gotten over 4 or 5 knots.

Smooth, glassy head high waves have been in abundance down south where most of our early season safari boats have been operating and Kandooma has had a couple of fun 3-4ft early season swells from the SE too.”

I will let the photos do most of the talking, but just briefly, our season opening safari on board Naera between March 5 to 16, our seasoned surf guide Martey ensured the crew scored epic waves all to themselves down south. The highlight session being empty 4-6ft Beacons with 4-6ft SSE swell and light 2-5 knots NNE winds.

Next up The Hamathi again guided by Martey scored slightly smaller swell, but still plenty of glassy 2-4ft days, the highlight being a Love charms glass session.

The late March/early April Cobia trip scored 4 to 6ft Tiger Stripes, Antiques, Blue Bowls and Love charms as guided by Mishu.

The Perfect Wave photographer Margarita reported the early Cobia trip was something special. Margarita said, “Hey there were no huge barrels or massive slabs, but the whole trip, the vibe and everything was amazing.

After surfing crowded waves back home in Australia our guests were stoked to have perfect fun waves just to themselves. There was something for everyone from mellow, fun longboard waves to high performance.

The first 4 days we scored some nice spots like Five Islands, Tiger Stripes, Blue Bowls and many more. As the swell tapered off at the end of the week this didn’t stop the group from having fun.

Every day someone had some new ideas and things to do, diving in the most crystal clear water on earth or climbing the anchor, jumping from the rooftop of the boat, feeding sharks, exploring islands with the drone and just having a ball and a good laugh every single day.

When the sun went down everyone would sit together having an incredible dinner and recap the day’s events. Having a good talk, wondering and getting ready for the new day, new adventure.

On the very last night our amazing crew organized a bbq on that one little island in the middle of the ocean.. with candles, bonfire and fresh caught grilled fish.

Stars were shooting and I had just one question in my mind; When can I go again? Get yourself to the Maldives in 2017, you won't regret it. 

Chickens lining up nicely with no crowd. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave

Chickens lining up nicely with no crowd. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave

There have been so many shoulder high early season days at Cokes. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave.

There have been so many shoulder high early season days at Cokes. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave.

Centrals firing early season 17. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave.

Centrals firing early season 17. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave.

Kandooma Right glassy and inviting. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave.

Kandooma Right glassy and inviting. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave.

Central atolls breaking Machine like. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave.

Central atolls breaking Machine like. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave.

Riptides doing it’s thing. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave

Riptides doing it’s thing. Photo by Nathu c/o The Perfect Wave


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