Mark Richards. Mark Occhilupo. Tom Curren. Tom Carroll. Taylor Knox. Layne Beachley. Damian Hardman. Nat Young. Just some of the greats who have graced Kuda Huraa’s pristine shores and surrounding world-class breaks. Set off on escorted sessions and clinics with Kuda Huraa’s expert Tropicsurf coaches and guides; embark on a dedicated surf cruise; or mingle with the masters at the annual Four Seasons Surfing Champions Trophy.
Adopt an entire ocean lifestyle at our Surf School, run by professionals from Tropicsurf of Noosa, Australia. Learn in the pristine lagoon with courses for guests aged six and older, or let loose on six quality breaks within a stone’s throw. Enjoy easy take-offs and long rides in some of the world’s most consistent and warmest swells. Then head to the Surf Shack to store your board, watch the latest surf movie or just hang out. The best waves occur all year round for beginners and from April to October for experienced surfers.
Rub shoulders with surfing legends and enjoy an exclusive ‘surf tour’ experience with our annual Surfing Champions Trophy. This boutique, invitation-only event launched in 2011 and sees six ex-world champions take to the waves in an annual battle across three divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and three-fin thrusters. It’s a spectator’s dream – all competitors, judges and spectators stay at Kuda Huraa and enjoy epic action on and off the waves. In partnership with Tropicsurf, the weeklong event – coined ‘the world’s most luxurious surf contest’ – is hosted aboard the ultimate surf vessel, Four Seasons Explorer, and runs alongside the Domestic Champions Trophy. Group Surf & Stay packages and VIP day passes are available for the next event, August 7 to 13, 2017.
Dream program for beginners
Learn the essentials in the calm waters of Kuda Huraa’s lagoon before hitting the waves. No prior experience is required, though reasonable fitness is important. Progress from the lagoon to level two, which qualifies you to venture onto the breaks – and hopefully experience the thrill of gliding across your first wave.
Two different boat trips each day take surfers to the biggest, hollowest waves in the morning, followed by smaller, easier waves in the afternoon. Your guide is also an expert coach so please ask if you’d like some tips to get yourself ripping sooner.
Ride clinic (coaching)
For those serious about taking their surfing to the next level, Tropicsurf’s 10-step program will increase knowledge, confidence and wave count. Twenty years in the making, this is a world-class improvement program. Combined with some perfect Kuda Huraa surf, you’ll never get a better opportunity to rip harder.
Perfect Wave: one-day seaplane "surfari"
Discover incredible secret spots and surfing nirvana aboard a private seaplane charter to the outer atolls. This is the ultimate ride.
Surf Cruise: Four Seasons Explorer
A seven or ten day Tropicsurf "surfari" aboard luxurious liveaboard Four Seasons Explorer is the fantasy surfing trip of a lifetime. Departing from Kuda Huraa and visiting rarely surfed breaks in the outer atolls, each tour – shared or privately chartered – is accompanied by two Tropicsurf guides, allowing group members to split across different breaks in keeping with their individual abilities.
Surf Cruises are available on select dates from June 19 to July 16, 2017. Booking through Tropicsurf: firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 7 5455 4129.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives is located only a few minutes' boat ride from some of the best surf breaks, described below.
Sultans (Thamburudhoo Right) – Located on an uninhabited island on the eastern reef of North Malé Atoll, this is one of the most consistent waves of Malé Atoll, and never closes out, even on the biggest swells. The takeoff is a steep outside peak called Phantoms, which slingshots into a very long, walled, super-fast section called the Pinnacles. All three sections can be thrilling tubes. Rides can be up to 91–137 metres (298–449 feet).
Honky’s (Thamburudhoo Left) – Adjacent to Sultans on the eastern reef of the North Malé Atoll, this break starts small and increases in size and intensity as it wraps 90 degrees around the island. A 1.8-metre (6-foot) wave on the takeoff ends up at least 2.4 metres (8 feet) on the end section, called Fred’s Ledge. There are long rides and tubes through all sections – best on low tides unless the swell is huge. The best months for this wave are February, March and April (it is affected by strong currents in the southwest monsoon from May to October).
Chickens – Named after a poultry farm on the island, Chickens is located at Villingilimathi Huraa (Kuda Villingili), another uninhabited island on the eastern reef of North Malé Atoll. When conditions are perfect, it is a pleasant thin, peeling, racing lip.
Daily boat rides to surf breaks are available for the competent surfer. Your experience can also be recorded on video for posterity.