The perfect surfboard quiver for your trip to the Maldives

Planning a trip to the Maldives?

Picking the right boards can be tricky, especially if this is your first time to this incredible destination.

So which boards should I pack for my trip? After spending a full year in the Maldives as a surf guide, this was the most common question my guests would ask prior to arrival. My answer would always go a bit something like this '“check the forecast a week out, if it looks like its going to be solid then bring a gun, if there won’t be any big pulses of swell during your trip then your regular short board and a fun board is more than enough”. So the bottom line is, DON’T OVER-PACK!

Bring your go-to board you normally surf at home, I always love to have an old faithful in the board bag. If this happens to be your regular shortboard then pack a fun board as well. Whether that be your Hypto Krypto by Haydenshapes or your Mini Twin from DHD. It’s rare that you need a big board or gun in the Maldives. Yes it gets solid and the swell can pack a punch, but it’s still a lot more mellow than the Mentawai’s as the swell has further to travel.

Mini Twin - DHD

Mini Twin - DHD

Hypto Krypto - HAYDENSHAPES

Hypto Krypto - HAYDENSHAPES

If I can avoid travelling with more than two boards I do it at all cost, even running the risk of potentially being under-gunned (which has still never happened). A double board bag is perfect, it is manageable to travel with and in addition to your two boards there is still room for your clothes.

If you’re planning your trip with Wave Collective, our travel experts will give you the insights you need so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We have travelled to all these destinations ourselves, we’ve surfed the waves and rubbed shoulders with the locals. #weknowbecausewego

Zach Zocher