"After a disorienting period of time where I felt as if I had spent my entire life confined to the cramped insides of an airplane, I finally began to spot the famous atolls that make up the Maldives out the window. Bright, circular, marble-looking blobs surrounded by rings of different shades of blue that looked more like giant turquoise irises than little islands, just floating on the surface of the Earth. I touch down on Malé and hear the pilot say, 'Welcome to the Maldives'. Finally, I made it to paradise." - Eryn Krouse

"So, picture this. You climb out of bed and step out on to the sand to admire the vibrant blue sheen of the water before you. While waiting for the tide to be ideal to surf, I’d explore the beautiful beaches, playing with sand crabs or just laying out in the sun, feeling it on my skin and the sea breeze through my hair." | Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

"It’s 7:30 am and the day has only just begun.." | Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

"The Maldives is a surfing and diving paradise. Just picture the bluest water you’ve ever seen, vibrant-coloured fish of all kinds, and a feeling of isolation and freedom that comes from being on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean" | Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

"Each morning, we set off on a boat to check the nearby surf spots. Many times along the way, it was a common sight to see spotted, lone manta rays cruising by, or a pod of jumping dolphins. Every moment was a different adventure out at sea." | Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

"Surfing in the Maldives is a magical experience. The water is so clear that you can see fish swimming under you as you ride a wave of almost transparent looking water. It’s pure stoke." | Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

"Salty, happy, and surfed out, I take a moment to soak in the sun." | Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

"It feels so good to lay on the sand, feeling the warm rays on my skin while listening to the soft lapping of the waves onto the coquina shore. I close my eyes in absolute contentment, the kind of content I get only after spending blissful hours in the ocean." | Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

"This stretch of beach is quiet. The only visible signs of life are the little sand crabs bustling around, bumping into each other." | Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

"Back at the villa, my body is sore and a bit sunburnt from surfing all morning. I rinse off and get ready for an afternoon of rest and relaxation." | Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

"The feeling of being in your own world with no land for as far as you can see; just a muted turquoise ocean blending into the soft grey of the rainy sky." | Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse in Rusty Womens @rusty_womens | Photo by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

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Model // Eryn Krouse @erynkrouse
Photographer // Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_
Clothing // Rusty Womens @rusty_womens @rusty_australia
Location // Club Med Kani, The Maldives @clubmed
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