- 10 nights onboard – Surfing as much as you can handle!
- $5400 NZD per person shared cabin – This may change slightly depending on the final boat that is booked
- Central Atolls Adventure Included!! – We will not only surf the high quality spots of the North and South Male Atolls, we will also cruise to the less populated Central Atolls. This chain is also home to world class waves, but since there are hardly any land camps here, the waves are less crowded.
- Simply Fly to Male ( A 4 hr 40min flight from Singapore) – Arrive on the day the trip begins and the boat staff will collect you from the airport and you’re straight to the boat, surfing that day!
✓ 10 nights accommodation, awesome meals, snacks, coffee/tea/water
✓ Surf guide on board to ensure you get the best waves available
✓ Comprehensive daily surf coaching on the boat and in the water
✓ Photographer on board + all your surfing video footage and photos downloaded to Dropbox after the trip
✓ Other adventures such as snorkeling, fishing, island explorations
✓ Airport Pickup and Drop-off
Maldives Surf Coaching Trip Overview
This is a bucket list trip for sure. Not only are the waves renowned for their perfection, many people comment that the Maldives surf spots are perfect for progression and just seem to make your surfing feel better. Hopefully everyone will get the rides of their lives on this adventure! I’ll help you achieve that via video feedback, technique drills on board and encouragement in the water.
If you’ve ever dreamed of getting barreled in turquoise water, surfing with turtles, or gliding over colourful coral reefs, this is the place to make it happen.
Normally Surfing Boat Trips are for big groups of 10 or 12 people, this makes them hard to organise and you don’t know who else will be onboard with you, what level they’ll be at, and what kind of waves they’ll want. This trip will be capped at 8 surfers to ensure the coaching is personalised. Everyone will be of a similar level. From all accounts the main areas of North and South Male Atolls can be very crowded at times (albeit the waves are perfect), so this trip will take in 3 of the Maldives surfing areas over the 10 nights.
You’ll get the best of both worlds, the classic Maldivian hotspots such as Sultans and Jails, plus we’ll head quickly to the more isolated Central Atolls of Meemu, Dhaalu, Thaa and Laamu, under the watchful eye of our surfguide.
If your surfing has been in a rut, or you’ve got a mish mash of technique ideas causing confusion in your mind, this is an opportunity to go on a surfing binge and learn a movement based approach that attempts to go beyond mere “lightbulb moments”. Let’s embed good technique into your muscle memory and actually create some lasting results in the water. No over thinking, no stress. Clarity and a sense of ongoing improvement.
✓ Surf a large variety of perfect surf spots, these setups are truly world class, as good as it gets!
✓ This a great chance to improve your surfing due to pristine conditions suited to your level, combined with a simple process for learning the foundation movements of good surfing + plus regular video feedback
✓ You’ll get in-water coaching to help you get comfortable surfing reef-breaks and to help you with positioning for take-offs. If needed we’ll also do theory sessions on these topics, angled takeoffs and which types of turns to do on each type of section etc
✓ Using the video footage we’ll hone in on the “chunks” of your surfing that are causing you problems, and aim to reprogram them with movement training on the boat and reminders in the water. We’ll also go deep into the specifics of manoeuvres
✓ You’ll get a tonne of photos and videos of you surfing and hanging out in paradise
✓ New surf mates! These trips tend to attract like-minded people and the vibe is supportive!
✓ Mind blowing snorkeling and sea life
The Daily Surf Coaching Routine
Days will vary depending on the boat’s movements, but in general it will go a little something like this…
2 or even 3 surfs per day with at least 1 filmed surf session to get ample footage of each surfer for review.
Each Afternoon, or during downtime between surfs, you’ll do the following training sessions with topics varying depending on what you need:
- Check your foundation of popup and stance are solid enough for good surfing movement patterns to be built on
- Understand your canvas, the wave, it’s various types of sections, and which type of turn matches each section. If necessary we’ll take a look at common wave riding scenarios and basic turns to maximise your rides
- Learn on land, or I should say re-learn, the toeside and heelside movement patterns, layering details until you can use them to practice the main fh and bh turns, wraps, snaps, vertical re-entries and cutbacks with precision, including speed generation both forehand and backhand
- Go deeper into the specifics of manoeuvres such as tubes, floaters, laybacks, still using the 2 movement patterns as your base
Each evening we’ll do a video review session to identify your main focus areas for improvement.
Continued practice of the movements and Video Feedback…: Each day you’ll continue to practice the movement patterns with specific attention on correcting any problem “chunks” the video identified in your surfing. I’ll be reminding you of the corrections, clarifying details before and during surfs, providing feedback in the water as needed.
And in the daily filmed session you can then go out and over exaggerate the corrections for your problem areas (what is correct often feels stupid or kooky at first!), while you have the luxury of video feedback and its objectiveness.
What level is the Maldives trip for?
“Intermediate Surfers” can be interpreted in different ways, but on my scale this trip is for level 3 and level 4 surfers. You can check your level here.
In general the Maldives waves are very perfect and clean, but not as heavy as the waves in Indonesia. There are some waves for beginners and novices, others for advanced surfers, but most spots offer perfect conditions for Intermediates to improve their skills. To make the most of this trip you need to be comfortable in head high waves and able to catch waves on your own, around other surfers.
Anyone from anywhere can join this trip. The best thing is that you won’t be challenging yourself alone. You’ll have the support and camaraderie of the group. Surfers of the same level as you.
Accommodation on the Boat
A few boats have been shortlisted but the exact one will depend on availability at the time of booking.
They all have air conditioning and crews experienced in taking surf charters. There are several communal areas both indoor and out on the decks, Indoor lounges with TV/DVD and music systems. Large roof deck areas that are great to watch the waves and sunsets from!
All cabins have air conditioning. Prices are based on double or twin share, it may cost slightly more for your own cabin and that will depend on availability, that can all be worked out when we book the boat.
All boats have auxiliary dinghys for accessing the surf spots and islands.
Getting to the Maldives
You will need to fly to Male (MLE) which is easily accessible from Singapore. From New Zealand, the best option is to fly Singapore Airlines or Air New Zealand which will fly Auckland – Singapore – Male in most cases. At present these flights are from $1800 to 2000 NZD return.
You will arrive in Male at 1155am local time and be collected by staff and taken to the boat, departing for the waves as soon as possible!
The cost of these flights is not included in the package but I will provide detailed information and will help ensure everything runs smoothly.
You will need to bring your own surfboards. Your standard shortboard or even a fish/twin fin for the mellower days, plus a step up board more suited to hollow waves in case we score a solid swell. It’s good to bring 2 boards in case one gets damaged. Here are a few other tips on what to arrange and what to bring.
- Travel Insurance is a must have for everyone on this trip.
- Bring a quality long sleeve wetsuit vest for reef and sun protection. A Surf Hat would be a good idea too.
- Spare fins, legropes, fin keys, wax are a must. There will be no surf shop access.
- Reef boots are a good idea to keep your feet safe and for island explorations.
- Mosquito repellent and light long sleeve tops/long pants.
- Bring a first aid kit to deal with any reef cuts.
- Pack as light as possible – sometimes the flights have weight restrictions.
To avoid missing out, these Boat charters need to be booked as far ahead as possible.
So if you are interested in coming please let me know immediately.
I will put your name down on the list, and once we meet our minimum number of 6 people, I’ll get back in touch with you to confirm you are still keen and ask for the 20% deposit to confirm your spot. I’ll also give you the full terms and conditions and cancellation policies at that time, as they may vary slightly from boat to boat.
You will also be provided with more details on the final boat and cabin layout before you commit.