There Ain't No Barrels In The Maldives
Honestly, not one
The problem with the Maldives, apart from the vast expense involved in going there, is that there aren't any barrels. It's all just beginner to intermediate fare -- mellow walls, gultless mushburgers and fluffy marsh mallow reef. Not a tube in sight. As Israeli barrel-hunters Edo Minsker, Yoni Klein & Caity Griffin found out to their dismay on a recent trip to the islands, documented in the above clip by Noam Eshel. Noam told us the following:
"On August 13, we headed to ------, in the north Male atoll after the forecast showed a big SE swell with good conditions. We arrived in the morning to find solid 6ft barrels, few people in the water and the guys stayed in the water for 5 hours until Yoni, Edo & caity were surfed out and the waves kept rolling with no takers..."
In other Maldivian news, the government there has recently terminated a contract to have an exclusive resort built on the island of Thanburudhoo, deciding instead to keep the island open to the public as a surf heritage site. Wahoo!