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Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy Unveils Full Line-Up for August 7-13 Event

July 17, 2017 Sports No Comments Email Email

The countdown to the world’s most luxurious surfing event, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy,continues with the announcement of three further competitors: Rob Machado (USA), Ross Williams (HAW) and local star Ismail Miglal (MV) join already-confirmed CJ Hobgood (USA), Maya Gabeira (BRA) and defending champion Taj Burrow (AUS).

Event co-ordinator Mark Winson of Tropicsurf comments, “The line-up is looking epic. A World Tour veteran, Williams brings with him a wealth of performance experience.  And, fresh from retirement, Machado’s free surfer style and twin fin skills will give him a sure-fire edge in the competition’s twin-fin division. But no one knows the locality like three-time Maldivian National Champion Miglal. Everyone in the line-up has a different area of expertise, just what’s needed for our multiple-division contest.”

Rob Machado

Australia-born Rob grew up in Cardiff, California and began hitting the waves aged nine.  In 1993 he was named WCT Rookie of the Year, rising to a world ranking of #5 the following year.  His 1995 championship-deciding semi final against Kelly Slater at the Pipeline Masters has been coined the most exciting match in pro surfing history; Rob finished the season ranked #2, a career best.  With 12 World Tour Wins under his belt and inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame at Huntington Beach in 2011, Rob is considered the smoothest surfer of his generation.

Ross Williams

Ohio-born Williams took up surfing soon after moving to Hawaii with his family aged six. Less than a decade later he won the boys’ division of the 1988 United States Surfing Championships before embarking on a nine-year world circuit career that saw him acclaimed as one of the sport’s best all-arounders. As smooth and strong in waves from 2 to 20-foot (1-6 metres), the powerful, easygoing regular footer also enjoyed plenty of screen time in numerous productions of surf video king Taylor Steele, including Momentum (1992), Loose Change (1999), and Hit and Run(2000).

Ross Williams of Hawaii testing the conditions during a morning freesurf at Cloudbreak on a layday at the Outerknown Fiji Pro

Ismail Miglal

Three-time national champion, “Kuda Issey” is one of the Maldives’ most popular surfers. His 25-year surfing career has included a wealth of international competitions, including victory at India’s Covelong Point Classic 2014 and Malaysia’s Tioman Surf Festival 2015. Every passionate about his home waves, he achieved a lifelong dream in 2015 when he founded Raalhu Edhuru: a Male-based Surf School on a mission to extend the sport’s reach around the Maldives through community-based sponsorship programs for young surfers in non-central atolls.

Commenting on his place at this year’s SCT, Kuda Issey said, “It is an honour and a privilege to surf our local waves with this line up of legends. Thank you for the opportunity.”

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