Friday, July 8, 2011
Although the locals and global surfers have known about this magic spot for years, the rest of world will soon be in on the secret that the waves off the Maldives are some of the world’s most impressive, consistent and warmest swells around. Part of this exposure will come from the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa when it hosts the world’s most exclusive surfing event this August.
The event, conceived by luxury surf pioneers Tropicsurf and the Four Seasons, will feature six world champions including four-time world champion Mark Richards of Australia, seven-time world champion Layne Beachley of Australia and 1988 world champion Barton Lynch also from Australia. Three other surfers, who have yet to be announced, are also included in the line-up.
The competition will reflect the evolution of modern surfing by having three disciplines the champions must compete in. The eras to be showcased are the Single Fin from the 1970s, Twin Fin from the ‘70s and ‘80s and finally, Thruster from the ‘80s onward. The champion will enjoy a cool $25,000 in prize money.
Guests are welcomed to come during the competition to see the epic surf battle while ensconced in luxury at the Four Seasons. The resort’s all-inclusive four- or seven-night Champions Trophy package is available from August 29 to September 5 only. This stellar package includes competition-day passes aboard Four Seasons Explorer, three half-day surfing passes with Tropicsurf, full-board accommodations as well as recreational activities such as diving sessions, shark safari, dolphin cruise and sunset fishing.