Shaun Levings has recently returned from what can only be described as two weeks in tropical wave nirvana. His recent stint onboard Handhu Charters saw him and a handful of others scouring the Maldives in search of that elusive slice of wave happiness. This trip happens once a year as the charter returns from the Southern Atoll season and steams up through the central atolls into the Male region, it is for this reason that we call the return trips on both the Handhu and Handhu fahli ‘the cherry trips’. We’ve been sending surfers to the Maldives since the 90’s, we’ve been lucky enough to garner the respect of the locals. On this particular visit Shaun’s dropped of a few goodies to the locals at Tiger Stripes who have been kind enough to share their waves with World Surfaris patrons.
Shaun had this to say.
Whilst in the remote Southern Atolls, World Surfaris and Handhu presented the Tiger Stripe locals with U$300 cash to help them build club-house for their surfers on the point along with stacks of Wax, new Hats and a pile of Surf Mags. These surfers have a quiver of resurrected boards that they have repaired and rip it up at their homebreak Tiger Stripe lefts and often endure a long paddle to surf a decent right on the other side of the channel. They are always very courteous to visiting surfers and are stoked to share their little piece of paradise with those who show them a mutual respect. Ash is only 28 yrs old but he’s the oldest surfer on their island. World Surfaris first deployed boats to this atoll in the late 90’s and Ash still remembers some of our guides from the early days when he was just a grom. World Surfaris are stoked to call these guys friends and look forward to seeing them next year and hanging out in their new surf shack and reading the mags.
We’ve thrown in a couple of shots of Shaun hacking into a sick little right in the Central atolls also…