Travelling to surf the waves of the breathtakingly beautiful Maldives? Make sure you have your Maldives surfboard quiver sorted to take full advantage of the great waves found in this vast chain of atolls.
Carrying on from the popular article, ‘Best Surfboard Quiver: Mentawais‘, here is a recommended quiver for the Maldives, based on a trip I took to the Southern Atolls in March 2013. There is no ‘best surfboard for the Maldives’ but this quiver worked well for me.
The Maldives are a paradisic collection of atolls (ring-shaped reefs, islands, or chain of islands formed of coral) located in the Indian Ocean. Benefitting from the roaring 40’s and 50’s swell train, which also powers Indonesia’s waves, the Maldives attract consistent swell with semi-predictable winds and beautiful setups.
Unlike the power packed, seldom small waves in the Mentawais, the Maldives surf is relatively mellow. That’s not to say that you’re not going to get double overhead days or hollow, grinding tubes but, overall, the waves are a step down in intensity versus the Mentawais and there are ‘fun’ days & small days. Still, it’s all long period groundswell so the waves do pack a punch!
Bring at least two boards but I recommend three. You are likely paying a lot of money to travel to the Maldives, why not have a few options?
Surfboard #1: Your average wave all rounder shortboard from home. If it’s a shorter, fatter, wider and fishier design, that’s okay.
- For Benny, this was a Von Sol Hornet, dimensions: 6’4 x 21 x 2 5/8
Surfboard #2: A ‘good wave’ version of your everyday shortboard or a step-up. Curvier outline, more rocker and preferably with a round or pin tail. You will surf this when it’s hollow and/or bigger (if you’re so inclined). I pulled this out a handful of times on a 10-day boat trip.
- For Benny, this was a …Lost Mini Driver, dimensions: 6’4 x 21 x 2 3/4 at 39.1L
Surfboard #3: A small wave board but preferably one that likes lined up, clean surf. This was my ‘go to’ surfboard – I surfed it most of the time!
- For Benny, this was a Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper (it’s weird and it rips!), dimensions: 6’2 x 21 3/8 x 2 3/4 @ 40.3L
If you take a trip to the Maldives, I hope this helps you to choose the right equipment. Please come back and tell Benny in the comments about your quiver – what worked and what didn’t – so other surfers will benefit from your experience, too!
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All the best,