Taking its name from the earliest and most frequent visitor(s), the Honky’s lefthander wonderfully complements Sultans (its righthanded sisterwave), while tending to outshine its sibling on a regular basis. A long, wrapping, left, Honky’s competes for the best wave in North Male Atoll when all conditions are met.
The takeoff is about 100 yards south of Sultans along the same reef, although this wave marries the reef’s semi-circular shape as it breaks and wraps around almost 90 degrees by the time you pull out. The ride can get well over 100 yards long, building in size as it moves inside. The inside section, known as the Ledge or Fred’s Ledge, jacks up almost two feet higher than the initial peak, often surprising its riders and creating unforgettable barrels—nothing quite like a last second boost on your way into the tube.
Best on the low tide (unless the swell is huge), Honky’s reaches perfection in the head high to double overhead range most common during the March to October season. Although it reacts best to straight south swells and north to northeast winds, Honky’s is the only wave that works on an east-northeast (ENE) wind—one of those potentially session-saving details that are always important to commit to memory. One of Honkey’s only downsides is the stubborn current that tends to plague the uninhabited island of Thamburudhoo, impacting both Honky’s and Sultans. This is a favorite destination for most of our surf charters, but be sure to squeeze paddling training into your pre-trip plans.
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