While most of the breaks in the Maldivian Atolls could be called “Riptides,” this speedy righthander has obtained exclusive rights to the name—and definitely earns it. The Riptides break is located near the inhabited Guraidhoo Island, the wave actually breaks off of a small reef in the middle of the channel. It breaks pretty close to the southern side of Guraidhoo, but remember the name and don’t be fooled by the close proximity. The strong currents pretty much make a dhoni transfer the only way to access the wave. Those who have attempted to paddle out to it have mostly lived to tell the tale—they just tell it from a dhoni after being rescued from the open sea.
In spite of the famously strong currents, the Riptides wave itself is another one of those long Maldivian waves that led you to Google Maldives boat trips in the first place. Since it breaks in the middle of the channel, just catching waves here is an extraordinary experience. Some of the sections do hollow out occasionally, but the break mostly provides long open waves perfect for longboarding, while also breaking fast enough to keep shortboarders more than satisfied—a good wave for all levels. It breaks best during a south swell with southwest or west winds.
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