The Maldives’ Niyama Private Islands will host an exclusive Brad Gerlach Surf Residency March 16 – April 19.
If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at surfing you’re in luck. Niyama Private Islands, the only luxury resort in the Maldives with its own wave break, has two exciting upcoming surf initiatives. Wave-Ki founder and World # 2 pro surfer Brad Gerlach will be in residence at the resort from March 16t to April 19 to offer coaching sessions on his original and proprietary teaching methodology – Wave-Ki. During Brad’s residency, the in-house surf guides will become accredited Wave-Ki instructors, as taught by Brad, and will then continue the service at Niyama.
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Niyama is home to two islands, Play and Chill, which are connected by a bridge. Vodi break is just off the shore of Play Island and is a powerful and sometimes hollow left-hander. Off to the west and five minutes away by speedboat, Kasabu is a rippable and hollow right-hander. Up to four other breaks in the local vicinity are also available, with nine other spots available on trans-atoll adventures in the resort’s 2×350 HP speedboat, Sea Breeze.
Surfing can be enjoyed year-round at Niyama with bigger surf from March to November and no crowds. Begin in the flat-water lagoon to learn surf mechanics and safety procedures, before hitting the channel break with a guide to catch your very own ride. Guides will instruct in the best footfalls, with Brad Gerlach offering expert guidance, which can continue at home with a 25% discount on an annual membership to Wave-Ki available exclusively for Niyama guests.
Whilst at Niyama, Brad will offer private land-based Wave-Ki sessions, as well as public group sessions at PUMP studio, overlooking the lagoon. Also, Brad will offer both private and family in-water surf coaching to complement Wave-Ki performed on land.
If you need to gear out, you’ll find everything you need at the new Rip Curl Boutique overlooking the wave at Vodi, or the Rip Curl Tech shop alongside the dive centre, and after a day’s surfing, hang out with Brad and other surfers at the Surf Shack, with its bright red food truck, reggae music soundtrack, and a menu of rum cocktails and gourmet snack food.
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