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Once in Male, we connected with our surf guide, Horce, from The Perfect Wave who got us ferried to the Hamathi, an ideal surf tour vessel and our home for the next 8 days.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Our arrival signaled the first rain they had seen in the Maldives for several months, and it was making up for lost time. When the late afternoon storms hit, it was time to return to the boat to seek refuge inside the atolls and away from open ocean.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Surf guide Horce enjoying the first rain for a while. Our first few days were a little wave starved, with the forecast looking bleak. Days were spent snorkeling and having a look around the nearby island. But sure enough the swell finally arrived and lit up the spots we were trying to visualize during the flat days.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Cokes, taking its name from the nearby Coke factory, showing its potential” Surf spots occur where there’s an opening in the atolls. On the opposite side of this opening from “Cokes” is “Chickens”, a left hander that offers long rides when the swell lines up correctly.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Chickens is named after the wild chickens that roam around on the island that the waves peel around. There were times when several other boats would all be scouting the same spots, so it would be a case of scouting the spots from the boat and waiting for the numbers to die down. Not too tough when the backdrop is a paradise island.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Cornish wave magnet, Luke Griffin, on his 3,000th wave of the trip. The sea was like a bath, around 30oc. Even jumping in at dawn it was incredibly warm. Some days saw 8 hours of water time, which meant not getting sunburnt became the toughest task.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Nick Pumphrey seeking some shade from the sun.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Apart from being warm, the water was staggering clear and full of life. Like surfing in an aquarium. d.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Cokes doing its thing - many other boats came and left with stories of spots like “Sultans” and “Jailbreaks” which were cranking, but busy with boats. Collectively our boat found it hard to leave this behind, so we stuck around.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Between surfs the boat crew were incredible and the food seemingly never ending. After 2 morning surfs and a feast of fish curry it’s time to escape the sun for a while and recharge the batteries.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Midday shade becomes prime real-estate in the harsh sun.© 2014 Adam Cornick
The skipper picking off a few little gems while the guests rest. It was hard not to open your eyes for every duck-dive just to check out the wildlife. The ocean is so clear and vibrant and almost impossibly blue.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Some of the most enjoyable duck-dives around.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Minty fresh way to kick off the day.© 2014 Adam Cornick
Aline Bock adding some colour to the Maldivian blues. The Maldives also offers up world class diving and snorkeling, sport fishing and waterside romantic hang outs for newly-weds. If you aren’t in to playing in, or around the sea, you may struggle to find ways to fill your day in the Maldives.© 2014 Adam Cornick
An ocean lover's paradise...© 2014 Adam Cornick
Sultans, not a bad backdrop...© 2014 Adam Cornick
An overview of the opportunities that are on offer – tough to leave behind. I joined the boat not knowing a soul on it, and left with a bunch of new friends. We were all there for the same reason, and we weren’t disappointed with what the Maldives had to offer. It’s not an experience I’m going to forget in a hurry. Thanks to The Perfect Wave for the trip of a lifetime.© 2014 Adam Cornick
MUCH like the X-Factor, life after winning a competition on MSW can go steadily downhill. Those long days of sending emails to all your mates to big-up the photos, finding the judges home addresses on social media, basking the spotlight, your nose full of the scent of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd as you open your web browser. It all fades away like the final wisps of a hurricane in the jetstream.
Fortunately for Adam Cornick, winner of our 2012 Hurricane Leslie Shootout he had a trip to the Maldives to keep him warm through the long Nova Scotian winter; courtesy of MSW and those gents at the The Perfect Wave who flew him from one of the coldest surfing destinations on our corduroy canvas to perhaps the warmest and dreamiest.
It’s a shame it was raining when he landed…
“The Maldives, for those who don’t already know, sits in the Indian Ocean South of India. It can be a bit of mission to get to, especially from North America. My trip involved a 12 hour layover in London, then on to Sri Lanka to catch the final connecting flight to the Maldivian capitol, Male. We had to sit on the runway in Sri Lanka for over an hour to allow a fairly impressive thunder storm to pass but then the fun started.”
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Three months of non stop storms ended abruptly in Les Landes on Thursday.
Skeleton Bay providing the implausibly long tunnels for which it is known.
Meet Lydia 14 ft 6 inches (4.4 metres) of great white shark weighing approximately 2000 lbs and the first white shark to be documented at the the Atlantic Ridge.
A team of 15 young UK surfers have been selected to surf the ISA Junior Championships at Salinas, Ecuador.
Paddling the Slave at Mullaghmore, breaking egos and avoiding the vortex.