About Chickens

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, Chickens isn't named after the kind of surfer who chooses this wave. The island it breaks off used to be a big chicken farm, and in fact, this bending and wrapping left tube is one of the more challenging and fast waves in this whole zone. Like many of the waves here, it's super easy to get sucked up the point and out of position, depending on tide and swell direction. It's best to pick some land on the island and keep lined up at all times.

The wave itself is made up of three to six bowl sections, depending on swell size and direction, all of which can throw. If you're good, it's possible to link the whole wave. Plus, the wave pushes back and bends towards you the whole way, making it particularly fun for regular-footers who are fond of vertical surfing. Being so far north in the chain, one drawback is that it's highly susceptible to wind.

Source: Chickens Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

It's the furthest north wave from Male and so not surfed as much by the local crew.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Very boat dependent -- could be packed one hour, empty the next.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

Really good.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Staying in position here can be a battle.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Clean

Additional Information

Hazards

Reef cuts and strong currents.

Access

Better boat in to this one.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish

Seabed

Coral.

Best Season

April-September

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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