September in the Maldives - The Perfect Wave
Words By Glen Bryant --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.
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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.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!