After a long, cold winter it's only too lekker to make a quick trip to the tropics. Lots to be said for sunshine, warm water waves and palm tress swaying in the breeze. Less to be said for the mission flight over packed like sardines in a can. Even less said about our luggage deciding it really liked Dubai so much it would stay an extra day without us. But at least the guitar and the boardbag got on the right plane.
Despite cursing the airline for leaving our bag behind - we were better off than the poor ou who picked up his boardbag, only to have it fold in half on him! Now that's kak luck to be on your Maldives surf-trip and the baggage handler muppets have managed to turn your 6'2 board into two 3'2's. Ysss, the ou was spewing!
Missing luggage presets a unique set of problems - so our first surf was a full-on Vaal dam affair, having to borrow some mooi Adidas XL running shorts from hubby who lucky had stuck 2 pairs in the boardbag. After wrapping the drawer-string twice around my waist I was good to go, sort of. Thankfully we were the only peeps in the water, so total humiliation was avoided.
Had to hang about close to the airport til our bag decided to re-appear. Then a few days sailing til we got to our favourite part of the Maldives. Not nearly as remote as years gone by thanks to the charter boat industry discovering it whilst trying to avoid the craziness of North Male atoll.
Have had a few days of super fun surf. Yesterday a full sunrise to sunset mission, with just ourselves in the water. Broken bodies by bedtime. And of course not a single photo cos we were too busy surfing!
Managed to hook a coupla fish on the morning trawl so looking forward to popping that on the braai soon. Already did some beach combing and found a drum and something that could pass as a grid. Boer gaan altyd a plan maak when it comes to a braai!
Internet is abysmal in the middle of nowhere, so generally trying to even get one bar of signal means climbing up onto the roof of the boat, and hoping for the best! Today for some reason it's working.
Charts looking good for the next few days.....