STOKED: Stumpy, thanks for joining me. How long have you been a surf guide in the Maldives? Why do you keep coming back?
STUMPY: Over a decade. I was on the first trips to ever venture to the Southern Atolls. It’s a beautiful part of the world, why wouldn’t I come back.
STOKED: What kind of waves do you like surfing?
STOKED: Anything these days, the Sunshine Coast of Queensland where I’m based can be a bit slow at times so whenever I can get back to the Maldives, I’m usually over the moon.
STOKED: Tell us a bit about your experience as a surf guide. Have you got any tips for people who want to get into it or people who are about to book a surf trip and don’t know what to look for?
STUMPY: I have been tour guiding and shaping boards for as long as I can remember. Regular trips to Fraser Island gave me the skills to communicate well with tour operators and guests which I used daily as a surf guide in the Maldives. I think communication is easily the best and most important skill to develop for those who want to get into it. Experience in all area’s and time at sea is the other and probably more beneficial for the guys booking a trip. There is no substitute for experience when you are helping guys score the waves of their lives. Understanding local weather patterns can only be developed by spending time in the area’s you are guiding.
STOKED: The Outer Atolls is a regular stop on your guiding calendar, what makes this area so special?
STUMPY: It’s a combination of uncrowded waves and how remote it is. Consistent Southerly swells mean the waves are a little more powerful and it’s a great spot to visit for the entire season. The crowd factor is also limited due to the minimal resorts or land camps that exist down there as well as the difficulties and cost involved with stocking a boat for the season. There’s nowhere else in the Maldives I’d be. Love it!