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Male - Northern Atolls, Maldives

Surf, Bodyboard

The righhander Sultans is in one of the most heavenly places in the world, the Maldives. It’s located off the uninhabited Thamburudhoo Island which forms part of the North Male atoll. There, at the arrowhead-shaped island that is surrounded by reef and points towards the southeast, is where you’ll find the Sultans right and the good left, Honkey’s. This wave is good for almost everybody. The break on the outside isn’t for beginners, but it’s amazing for those that are progressing. The peak is sometimes very crowded, precisely because it’s one of the best waves and one of the few that along with Honkey’s, Jailbreaks, Cokes and Chickens, remains an unrestricted zone in the North Male atoll.

The atmosphere is normally relaxed because Sultans and Honkey’s are two line-ups which are very close together and they can withstand a lot of people. This island, in the heart of the surf in the Maldives is involved in a future project which intends to privatise the island and its waves. However, there is a big movement called Save Thamburudhoo which isn’t in agreement with this privatisation, and expresses that these initiatives destroy the principles of the sport, the culture and don’t help the local population who in any case, are those that should profit from its resources.

Sultans Maldives


Sultans is a mechanical wave that can hold various sizes. It has a comfortable take off with a fast first section, followed by a second section which has very good shape and long walls for manoeuvres. The successive swells from the southeast arrive and the northwest offshore wind predominates from May until October. It holds perfectly from four to eight feet and is best when it’s glassy in the mornings, it’s pure ecstasy. In the first section you should pay attention at low tide because it’s a fast barrel which requires level for the inside.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
  • Wind
  • Tide
  • Swell
  • Bottom
    Coral reef
  • Size
    4 to 10 ft
  • Time of year
    From April to October
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