Maldives report and photos - August

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

The Maldives Surf Report is brought to you by World Surfaris and curated by Richard Kotch at Hudhuranfushi. At the beginning of each month during the winter surf season Rich will update swell conditions as well as bring you the best photos.

Following text and photos by Rich and Ali Ahmed:

Maybe I should write this in another language to add a bit of variety to my reports! Like June, like July, August has been exceptional here at Hudhuranfushi with non-stop world-class waves for much of the month, and even when it wasn’t too flash at Lohis it was still good just up or just down the coast. It's been hard to seperate the three months.

I recently wrote on Instagram that I remember growing up to a chorus of “it was way better back in the day” rhetoric from all the older surfers claiming that the waves were so much better in years gone by. Yet I'm convinced that each year the waves get better and better out here in the Maldives. Even ten years ago I remember quiet weeks with not much swell or onshore winds, but nowadays we never seem to get a break - there are waves of some sort virtually every day of the season, and of course the guests love it!

I’m writing this looking out of the office window at 4-5 foot Lohis. It’s not perfect yet, the swell is still a bit raw but the wind has just swung to the west/northwest (offshore) and someone called Gabriel Medina has just walked through the front door!

It’s going to be a good day at Lohis!!

See you soon,


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thatguy commented Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 at 6:41pm

Just got back from the Maldives last week, spent a glorious 7 nights on a boat. Surfed Cokes, Jails, Chickens etc. and had a ball. We had a bit of wind but nothing to complain about and waves between 3 - 6 ft every day. Already planning the next trip.

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quokka commented Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 at 2:41pm

How were the crowds?

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thatguy commented Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 at 6:38pm

It varied from break to break. Never really had an issue apart from the gentler breaks like Ninjas and Tombstones which carried a crowd. Couple of Ruskis at Ninjas had a "surf coach" pushing them into waves but overall there was shit loads of swell to go around. However, we were at the back end of the Euro holidays and heard a few reports of aggro from previous weeks.