Maldives Swell Journal.

12 May 2010 0 Share

Lohis looking inviting - with only one guy out

Lohis looking inviting - with only one guy out

The first installment of this years Maldives Swell journal.

How quickly could you order her a cocktail, set up the camera on the tripod and get out there?!

How quickly could you order her a cocktail, set up the camera on the tripod and get out there?!

Cokes with no one around

Cokes with no one around

Lohis firing

Lohis firing

Perfect bottom turn

Perfect bottom turn

Another one goes unridden

Another one goes unridden

Cameron in a tube at Cokes

Cameron in a tube at Cokes

Intro:

Welcome to the first installment of The Maldives Swell Journal coming to you from the island paradise of Hudhuran Fushi in the Maldives. We are on island for the next six months, working as surf guides for World Surfaris. Our aim is to provide an honest, first hand account of surf conditions here in the wave rich surfing paradise that is the Maldives.

Wind and swell directions mentioned in this journal refer to the predominant direction throughout the day. Swell size and wave height measurements are subjective and vary throughout the world so just to clarify, in this journal a 1-2ft wave is waist high, a 2-3ft is waist to chest, 3-4ft is head high plus and 4-6ft is head high to double overhead. As it rarely gets any bigger out here in the Maldives we needn’t go any further!

Over the last couple seasons we have found that April and May have a lot of days in the 2-3ft and 3-4ft range with only a handful of 4-6ft days. From mid June to the end of September there are many days in the 3-4ft range and 4-6ft epic days are common. By October it starts to slow down and the surf is generally back in the 2-4ft range but still super fun and often sheet glass. The wind seems to follow a similar pattern – the early months are usually glassy or have light and variable winds, mid season sees a stronger more established Westerly flow that often shifts W-NW which is ideal, but sometimes W-SW which isn’t so good, but still really fun on the rights. By October the wind usually backs off to light and variable with glassy conditions. June and July seem to have the most rain, though it never lasts for long and most surfers seem to enjoy the break from the sun and the after-rain glass off.



Here on the island we have one of the most consistently surfable waves in the Maldives – Lohis. It’s a fun left that is rideable on any swell and any tide, though it’s best on a SE swell with light W-NW wind. When it’s small it’s fun and rippable, as it gets bigger, it gets more hollow and much heavier.

From the resort here at Hudhuran Fushi, World Surfaris run boats north to the short but intense barreling right at Cokes and the long powerful left Chickens. To the south we head to the “funpark”. There is a right called Sultans, the wrapping, bowling, left at Honkeys and the long, perfect rights at Jails. We also occasionally pop across the channel from Lohis to the mellow, but fun right, Ninjas.

Crowds:

The waves here are world class so it can get as busy as any of the worlds classic surf spots, however there are a number of huge differences; At so many of the worlds best waves there is just one take off area and the entire crowd gets compressed into a tight little take off zone, but out here each wave has a number of different sections meaning the crowd is spread out. At Jails and Chickens for example there are three or four different take off areas that you can sit in. There can be twenty guys up the point but you’re surfing by yourself. I cannot stress enough how much this can thin a crowd out so I always advise guests to not be put off if there are a lot of surfers in the water. Another point worthy of mention is that as the wave size increases the crowd seems to thin out. Lastly, timing – the waves here are surfable all through the tides meaning that it’s possible to surf all day so again, you can time your session to avoid the peak crowd times. (at Lohis, that’s usually between 6:30 and 8:30AM and 4:00 and 6:00PM) (The only notable exception to this rule is that for three or four days, around the time of the full moon, the current can get strong as the tide drops.)


April 25- May 3

Sunday - April 25, 2010

Morning 2-3 building S-SE swell - Light westerly wind

Cokes had clean conditions and little barrels in crystal clear water with no one out!
Sultans was fun with some friendly crew from another boat.
A great start to the World Surfaris season.

Afternoon 3-4 building S-SE – strengthening Westerly wind

Sultans had some really good barrels through the inside section for the evening low tide.

At Jails there were some gems but the swell was a bit straight and the second section was very racy.

Lohis had moments of brilliance but the W wind needed to be a bit lighter for perfection. After lunch session with Shaun Levings, CEO of World Surfaris, who had had it to himself for the last hour!

Monday- April 26, 2010

Morning 4-5 ft S swell – Strong S-SW wind early easing to light and variable throughout the morning turning glassy by midday.

Sultans started off a bit slow and then got excellent for the last hour, again there was no one in the water but the World Surfaris boat.

Jails, super fun 3-4ft . Only a few people in the water and as the morning progressed the waves got better.

Afternoon 4-5 ft S swell- Light westerly, to no wind and glassy.

Sultans 4-5 foot good fun, big peaks and little to no crowd.

Jails 3-4 ft really good at low tide with epic barrels on the mid-section

Lohis was a bit onshore in the morning but got better throughout the day, really good on dark…..and the max crowd all day was 3 people!


Tuesday- April 27, 2010

Morning 4 ft S swell- moderate to strong S-SW wind early, before becoming light and variable by 10am.

Jails was sheet glass and perfect 3-4 foot long rights with no one else around.
Sultans was 4 ft with some bigger sets coming through and little to no crowd.

Afternoon 4ft light west-northwest wind

Jails 3-4 foot perfection
Sultans 4-6 foot with bigger sets wrapping perfectly with consistent waves and some clean up sets…

Lohis was onshore and junky in the morning but cleaned up to be good through the afternoon and evening.

Wednesday- April 28, 2010

Morning 4-5 ft S-SE swell- light west-northwest wind

Cokes 4 ft, the swell a bit straight for the reef but some good barrels to be found.
Chickens 4-5 ft perfect
Sultans 4 ft long rights with a wrapping bowl section

Afternoon 4-5ft S-SE swell light northwest wind

Cokes 4-5 ft perfect barrels though still some close out sections.
Chickens 4-5 ft racy long lefts
Sultans 4-5 ft consistent with very light crowds.

Lohis was as good as it gets all day long with no one out!

Thursday- April 29, 2010

Morning 2-3 ft SE swell No wind

Sultans 3 ft glassy perfection but fading swell.
Honkies 2-3 ft glassy lefts with only a handful of people out.

Afternoon 2 ft SE swell onshore SW winds at 8 knots
Jails sectiony with racy corners
Sultans 2-3 ft, fun peaks…good for the last hour..

Lohis was good in the morning - perfect, glassy 3-4 ft. The afternoon had a bit of on shore wind on it but still some fun sections to be found. The last hour was glassy and pretty good again.

Friday- April 30, 2010

Morning 2 ft S swell onshore S-SW winds at 6-8 knots

Jails small racy lines with some OK sections handling the wind…
Sultans junky 2-3 ft.

Afternoon
Rainy, onshore, tiny … perfect afternoon for a massage!



Saturday May 1, 2010

Morning

Ninjas 2 ft fun lines light onshore SE wind to glassy
Sultans 2ft small, weak and crowded but some fun waves if you could get one.

Afternoon

Honkies 2 ft glassy lefts with the occasional larger set
Sultans 2-3 ft glassy rights fun and ripable

Lohis great evening session, 3-4ft, glassy.

Sunday May 2, 2010

Morning

Sultans glassy, sunny 1-2 ft random peaky waves.
Honkies very inconsistent 2-3 ft fun on the sets.
Chickens 2-3 ft glassy perfect little waves

Afternoon

Chickens 2-4 ft sheet glass, a bit inconsistent but when they came they were long and fun
Ninjas 2-3 ft fun, fat little rights on SUP and Logs.

Lohis 2-3 ft SE swell, glassy, perfect little lefts.



Monday May 3, 2010

Morning 2-3ft Glassy

Chickens 2-3ft glassy and perfect.

Sultans 2-3ft with a light W-NW

Lohi’s 2-3 ft perfect but busy…

Afternoon

Sultans 2-3ft and a bit weak.

Ninja’s 2ft glassy, great fun on SUP and longboards.

Tuesday

Sultans 2ft weak wind swell.

Lohis 2ft cross onshore junk.

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