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A Beginner’s Surf Guide to The Maldives

Surfing is one of the oldest and quite frankly, a complex water sport that to date remains popular. The Maldives is one of the most popular destinations for surfing. Here some things every beginner should know about surfing.

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Learning Curve

Learning Curve

Every activity has its own learning curve and surfing is not an exception. The striking fact about the graph with regards to surfing is that it isn’t the typical pattern; instead, it adopts a slower and more constant rise without a plateau phase. This is because not every surf is the same; in fact, every surfing experience is completely new and different. Therefore, each mission is a new learning experience thus making surfing a complex activity. However, do not let this dishearten you. Once you get the hang of it, it can be quite the addictive sport and the feeling of euphoria every time you conquer a wave is beyond explicable.

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Equipment

Equipment

The only equipment you’d require is the surfboard. There are some technical details that go into choosing the perfect surfboard for you. It is recommended that beginners go for one with more volume; that is, thick, wide and longboards.

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Get help

Get help

It is always a great idea to get help from the experts to allow yourself to learn the fundamentals and correct techniques that are of utmost importance when it comes to any sports activities. Almost all resorts and surf spots will have instructors and surf schools that one can choose from. Simply knowing the theory isn’t adequate. So, pay close attention to every detail while you observe the experts surf. Next, practice along with them. Keep in mind to allow yourself some time before you are confident enough to surf. There’s no rush; slow and steady always wins the race!

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Surf Spots

Surf Spots

There are ample surfing spots in the Maldives which attract many surf enthusiasts from all over the world, especially during April to October, the peak season.
The Maldives can be divided into the southern, central and northern atolls. Each of these regions is known for its unique characteristics and experiences they have to offer.
The southern atolls are known to capture the southeast and southwest swells, thereby ensuring that a surfer would get their own wave. The Kandooma surf spot, located right outside Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, is popular amongst families and couples. It also provides opportunities for surfers from any level of expertise.
The central atolls have the highest number of islands and attract a lot of both tourists and surfers alike. Therefore, it could get a little crowded during the peak seasons.
The northern part is famous for its all breaking and crowded, small waves. However, as the waves get bigger, the crowd reduces allowing you to surf a big break. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
There please be mindful about the beaches and leave nothing but footprints on these pristine beaches.

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Surf Ethics

Surf Ethics

There are some mandatory rules and then there are certain ethics that one must follow to be a good sport. One of the biggest violations in surfing is “stealing” someone else’s wave. This is referred to as “Drop in” in surf language. So how do you find out if the wave belongs to someone? Check both sides of the wave and see if anyone is inside of the wave or closing in on one. If so, it is theirs and you should be polite enough to let them have it.
Another important one is to always respect the locals. After all, they have been surfing in the vicinity for a long time and have mastered the art of conquering these waves. So, be respectful enough and if in doubt, do not hesitate to clarify them. They are always there to help.
Also, apart from all the surfing ethics, as a tourist, ensure you leave nothing but footprints on these pristine beaches.