I’m still coming down from June/July Maldives SUP surf trip and would be on next one if I could do it…Great trip, good company of old and new friends , crew awesome, boats awesome, food awesome, huge cred to Stephanie from Moon Tours for taking photos in surf….. great local islander surf guide…..cultural experience…… good point breaks without being dredgy… great sup surf waves..away from crowds…had best surf of my life………yewwww…heres my travel diary.

Travel Day . Wednesday 20th of June Landsborough to The boat 24 hrs. Left home 4.30 am…..Arrived on boat 11.30 PM local time…4.30 home time….. Good flight….long layover Singapore….Overnight on boat On board… Trent & Stephanie….Moon Tours Big Pauly (Sunshine Coast Boardsports) & son Jessie Big Paul (Boppa) Big Paul (Frosty) Bretto and Carissa (Tacho) Cameron (Camo the mad fisherman) Kell & Graham… Wendy & John (John the token long boarder) Steven (Stevel Kenival) Tony (Big Tones) Old Gregg Crew Boat Captain…Ali (Ayala) Engineer…Ismail (Isse) Room boy …..(Sabuj) Deckboy….. (Salam) Barman…… Sanjiva (Sanji) Chef…Irish (Aresh) Sous Chef….. Raja Dohni Crew Captain….Hassan Assistant Captain…..Thuththui Compressor Boy…….. Mohona Guides Dive Instructor….Manko Surf Guide…..Naanu

Day 1… Thursday 21st Steamed South to ….Guriadho….Cameron pulled in fish of the trip on the way…big Wahooo… fuckin 17kg woohoo…..surfed wedging right hander “Riptide”…… couple hrs surf in glassy crowded conditions before lunch and steamed Sth…..over night behind reef…in Meemu Atoll….boys got loose……very loose…. and got that out of system….

Day 2… Friday 22nd Steamed to Muli….two breaks….Mushrooms and F-One…had booming right handlers with shallow inside section….two sessions….had mid morning and afternoon sessions…big…serious stoke goin on…Frosty had best surf of his life….. Fresh fish coming on board all the time and food amazing.

Day 3… Saturday 23rd Surfed F-One in morning……. Mushrooms afternoon…….yewwww….big…. getting best waves ever…..Frosty had best surf of his life….. Trent departs to Melbourne hospital

Day 4…. Sunday 24th day breaker at Mushrooms …Frosty had best surf of his life……Steven surfed F-one ….got seriously shacked on last wave….photo of the trip for big S….then steamed south to…..Veymandoo Island on Thaa Atoll….sunset glass off and drinkies

Day 5… Monday 25th Steamed to Mikado’s had breakfast on way…..bit choppy and small….morning sesh cleaned up and it just got better….Awesome….best waves yet for old greg…not as big as previous but clean…beautiful spot… wave finishes with bowl section just before deep blue hole full of fish….everyone getting in plenty of waves……second session building….Frosty had best surf of his life…..

Day 6 Tuesday 26th 3 sessions Mikado’s….completely gassed….I don’t want to leave…..crowd came to town last session….yanks on tanks…few hot learners in g-strings getting pushed in buy good looking Aussie surf guides…dinner on the beach….seafood Island style…..couple beers and ….zzzzzzz…..best day of trip for me……

Day 7… Wednesday 27th Weather due to change….morning session…… 2 and a half maybe 3 hrs….everyone had waves…..Frosty and I surfed till we dropped last out …..farewell Mikados……steamed to Kudahoovadoo….too much wind on break to surf…. steamed to Maaen’boodhoo……went ashore for first time while Dohney fuelled up…..and walked around small island…..stayed in lagoon overnight.

Day 8… Thursday 28th Steamed back to Koodahoovadoo. Still blown out but Big S and I had brief sesh on inside before lunch……. Small…shallow…windy…didn’t last long….went ashore…bigger community…..back again after lunch with crew for surf out the back on higher tide…pretty solid….bumpy….phew….glad I went out but not best surf of trip….bit of a survivor fest…Couple of days left and fingers crossed for some good waves somewhere….wind direction and strength not best and we have to start heading north…..

Day 9…. Friday 29th Kudoohoodoo still wind effected and too dredgy…… low tide…. No one went out! Steamed north-east….through Dhaalu Atoll…..crossing to Vaavu Atoll…. …..big night for crew…..the Rodgers twins cooked the crew dinner……5 course A-la-carte and guests served them….THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE…..crew wearing casuals and guests in our white tour…Tshirts …..then on to the local island for a cultural experience…….Naan has organised to meet local drumming group and island singers…..not the usual tourist thing……very special….nah…fucking awsome…Hoping to get Riptide tomorrow for last day surfing….going home getting real now…..

Day 10…..Saturday 30th Steamed to Riptide and had last wave of trip…small and glassy….awesome 2 hr session then snorkel before lunch….packing up time…bit sad…steamed back to, Male for last night on boat…Naan did woven palm leaf table cloth and island carvings…played old traditional song…..really has bought a Maldivian cultural experience to the trip for us….. Sunday 30th Packed up and off boat at 9am….

Words by Greg Poultney