Maldives have never been a realistic travel destination for us. It has been something too exclusive and far fetched to begin to realise. But it has always been a dream to explore these islands.
The Maldives is made up of around 1200 island in the middle of the Indian Ocean and after travelling for roughly 30 hours flying in to this place our jaws dropped. Perfect white sanded palm tree islands, submerged reefs in pristine turqoise water appears out of nowhere in the middle of the blue.
After picking up our bags at the airport we got the splendid information that we missed our transfer boat to Thulusdhoo, the island of our accomodation, by 5 minutes. The next one was in 4 and a half hours… So we drank coffee and edited a few thousands of our pictures at the airport while we waited for our taxi boat.
Before leaving the weather turned for the worse and we travelled to our paradise island in a proper monsoon storm. Once on the island, we were delighted to see that all the roads were made out of sand, unfortunately this ment that almost the whole island was flooded now after the rain had passed.
FRONT AND BACKSIDE
We’ll never forget the feeling of stepping of the pier and onto Thulusdhoo. The island has such a clear front and backside. We passed the front coming in, and it’s a perfect wave over a turqoise reef, right in front of some resorts on a white beach lined with palm trees. But we stepped of the boat at the pier on the back side of the island. Next to the pier was a big construction site, where a digger seemed to be digging a huge hole in the beach. A sun-kissed Coca-Cola factory was opposite and it definitely didn’t have that tropical fuzzy feeling the front side had and pouring rain didn’t really help the image. We got picked up by the resort after a while and as we were driving through the first really big puddle of flooded road there was graffiti on a wall next to the road saying “Welcome to Reality”. Somehow that had a profound meaning to us at that moment in time.
Welcome to Reality
Our plan was to stay on Thulusdhoo for 2 weeks. 1 week just us two, more focused on diving locally and on some nearby islands and the 2nd week focused on surfing. This post will cover the surfing part of our stay.
We’ve have been looking at pictures from the wave at Cokes Surf Camp on Thulusdhoo in the Maldives pretty much on a daily basis since October 2017. It has looked amazing, perfect, scary, terrifying, fun and fantastic at the same time. It’s all thanks to our dear friend Joao Caldas that invited me and Malin to document an amazing surf trip to surf perfect waves at Cokes for a week together with some friends from the surf in Sweden and some new friends that are living in Barcelona. We also got invited to join their Instagram and Whatsapp groups for the surf trip and it has been daily updates of pictures, conditions, gear, more pictures and the hype for the trip was off the charts.
The first few days reality hit the surf crew, and when we write reality we mean tropical storms. We had windy, off-, cross- and onshore conditions and some storms that rivalled some of the Swedish sessions we’ve had together. But we always say “something is epic” so the guys clocked 5-8 hours in the water every day. Luckily the storms passed and it became truly epic and we got some of the best waves of our lives. I ( Linus ) have been trying to better my physique and my surfing everyday since I knew we were going to surf perfect waves. Although my surfing was far from perfect I really really enjoyed it and I just want to say thank you to all that helped me along the way!
To share this with good friends, new and old, has been an unforgettable memory and we’re so grateful for being so lucky as to experience it!