On missing the swell of the year, and subsequently scoring by Ben Horvath "Late Season In The Maldives Has Been Mental!"
With Photos and Video by Andy Potts C/O The Perfect Wave
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 December, 2017 - I Just spent the first two weeks of September in the Maldives and everywhere I turned local surfers and tourists couldn’t help themselves with, “You should been here yesterday” taunts.
You see I arrived at beautiful Kandooma Resort just Sth of the capital Male a few days after the best fortnight of swell in the entire 2017 season.
Late August in the Maldives both up in the Nth Male Atolls, the Centrals and even down Sth was the best it has been all year.
Tha Machine on the pump, August 20. Photo - Andy Potts C/O The Perfect Wave
A solid SE swell combined with favourable light offshore winds ensuring all the left and right reefs were smooth, clean and cooking with gas everyday for two consecutive weeks.
Vaughan Blakey SW editor said, “ I scored the best trip of my life, surfing 6-8ft Jails, Cokes and a secret session not too far from Male.”
Kandooma was all time according to local guides Ali Lushan, Liuttey, Unco and co, whilst Brian and Joey James concurred that Cokes and Chickens were as good as they get in late August.
Vaughan Blakey scoring near Male on August 23. Photo - Andy Potts C/O The Perfect Wave
Whilst I missed the late August goodness, a staple diet of consistent 2-5ft waves that included uncrowded Kandooma and Riptides in the 2-4ft range for a week, followed by a second week on a TPW charter – The Naera surfing 2-5ft Cokes, Chickens, Jails and Sultans was more than enough to stoke this ageing old grommet out.
The Maldives rules. Yeeow!
Check the photo gallery below!
Chickens Sept 2017. - Photo - Andy Potts C/O The Perfect Wave
Chickens lining up in Sept. Photo - Andy Potts C/O The Perfect Wave
Cokes looking the goods in Sept. Photo - Andy Potts C/O The Perfect Wave
Hammock slasher at cokes. Photo - Andy Potts C/O The Perfect Wave
Drone perspective of Kandooma Right during “Surf Music In Paradise” week. ByAndy Potts C/O The Perfect Wave
Kandooma Right again. Photo - Andy Potts C/O The Perfect Wave
A nice empty slips through unridden at Sultans in early Sept. Photo - Andy Potts C/O The Perfect Wave