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Get Ready For The World’s Most Luxurious Surfing Event: Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 2015

May 5, 2015 Sports No Comments Email Email

MAL_726_aspect16x9Clear your calendars! The first three competitors for the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 2015have been announced, and it’s the hottest line-up yet.

Headlining the event’s fifth consecutive year, free-surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich returns to defend his 2014 title, joined by fearless big-wave legend Shane Dorian and record-setting “surf goddess” Sofia Mulanovich – plus three more world champs yet to be announced.

Surfing enthusiasts the world over won’t want to miss the shoulder-rubbing action that this boutique, invitation-only event brings: a unique chance to stay on a 12 acre (5 hectare) island and share an exclusive “surf tour” experience with six of the sport’s biggest names at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa.

The event is organised in conjunction with luxury surf pioneers Tropicsurf (the pros behind Kuda Huraa’s surf courses and trips) and run from the 39 metre (128 foot) Four Seasons Explorer. Guests can obtain day passes to enjoy the action on board as well as well as mingle with the competitors at post-surf cocktail parties.

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Event co-ordinator Mark Winson of Tropicsurf comments, “Each year I see the Champions Trophy concept grow to another level. A reputation for flawless waves and high performance surfing again has the world’s elite surfers banging down the door to be one of the six contenders. I think Rasta will have his work cut out for him defending the title considering the competition’s unique age-based handicap. To give the likes of Shane Dorian a head start to a heat will have a big impact.”

The SCT is unique in many ways, from determining a surfer’s heat based on their age to a test of skill across three different divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and triple-fin thruster. This year sees a free-surfer, a big-wave rider, and a hard-charging female challenger in the mix for the USD 25,000 prize money, with excitement building as to who will claim the last three spots.  Introducing the first three SCT 2015 competitors:

SOFIA MULANOVICH (PER), Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia.  Photo: Joli

SOFIA MULANOVICH (PER), Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Joli

Dave “Rasta” Rastovich (Australia)

Hitting the ocean scene as a nipper (young Australian lifesaver), Rasta went on to surf up a wave of wins: U/16 World Grommet Titles in Bali, Pro Junior Burleigh Heads and finals of Billabong World Junior Championships. Turning his back on the traditional pro route, he carved a career that has included recognition as the world’s first pro freesurfer; winning the open class Molokai to Oahu Hawaiian inter-island paddle race (world champs of long-distance open ocean paddling); and setting up Surfers for Cetaceans, dedicated to the conservation and protection of the marine life he shares the water with.

Commenting on his return to defend his 2014 SCT title, Rasta says, “This is a surfing event that ensures everyone has a good time. We all progress our surfing together, go diving, enjoy amazing food and drinks, and get to retreat to luxury at the end of every surf and sun soaked day. I can’t believe I get to re-live the dream of being in this event again this year.”

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Shane Dorian (USA)

One of the world’s best big-wave surfers, Dorian hails from Kona, Hawaii.  He began surfing at the age of 5, turning pro at 17 and steadily climbed the world ranks, reaching his career best #4 in 2000. Carving his own surfing style – raised-chin, down-turned hands, splayed fingers – Dorian was considered one of the best all-rounders when he retired from the tour in 2003.  Far from quitting surfing, the ever-fearless tuberider shifted his focus to big-wave surfing, winning six Billabong XXL big-wave awards between 2005 and 2013 and achieving the ultimate kudos for the near impossible: slaying a world-record setting 57-footer at Jaws, Maui’s monster break, in 2011.

“I can’t wait to get back to the Maldives,” Shane says. “I love it there and am excited to enjoy a week atFour Seasons with my wife Lisa. The chance to score some waves with five other invitees will be awesome!”

SOFIA MULANOVICH (PER)  BELGAS, Peniche/Portugal (Thursday, October 29, 2009) - Coco Ho (HAW), 18, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie, collected her inaugural victory on the ASP Women's World Tour today, taking out the Rip Curl Women's Pro Search over former ASP Women's World Champion (2005) Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 26, in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Belgas...Event No. 4 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women's World Tour, the Rip Curl Women's Pro Search saw some of the best conditions of the year at the backup venue of Belgas, and throughout the two days of competition, it was the youngster Ho who proved most adept at navigating the hollow beachbreak peaks...Ho exercised excellent judgment in the Final, patiently waiting while her elder opponent kept herself busy. With conditions deteriorating, the young Hawaiian let loose with a barrage of backhand hits on the dumpy lefthanders, collecting a 7.50 and an 8.33 to combo Hedges and take the win..."I knew Chelsea (Hedges) would be dangerous on the left after seeing her this morning getting those barrels," Ho said. "This afternoon it turned into a more rippable wave and it was hard on the forehand, but I was lucky to get the waves I did."..With this win, Ho moves from 5th to 3rd on the ASP Women's World Tour rankings and announces herself as a major force heading into the final three events of the year..."It feels so good to be on top," Ho said. "I'm trying not to think about too much. I love my trophy. When I started the year, I set a goal to make Quarterfinals or better at every event in order finish Top 5 by the end of the year, and I'm doing my best to accomplish that."..For Hedges, today's return to form marks the first time the inspiring goofy-footer has seen a Finals' berth since 2007, and moves her from 8th to 6th on the 2009 ASP Women's World Tour ratings. Her dominance in the earlier rounds of the Rip Curl Women's Pro Search cannot be overlooked as she consistently dominated the playful pits of Belgas, even eliminatin

SOFIA MULANOVICH (PER) BELGAS, Peniche/Portugal (Thursday, October 29, 2009) – Coco Ho (HAW), 18, 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie, collected her inaugural victory on the ASP Women’s World Tour today, taking out the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search over former ASP Women’s World Champion (2005) Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 26, in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Belgas…Event No. 4 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search saw some of the best conditions of the year at the backup venue of Belgas, and throughout the two days of competition, it was the youngster Ho who proved most adept at navigating the hollow beachbreak peaks…Ho exercised excellent judgment in the Final, patiently waiting while her elder opponent kept herself busy. With conditions deteriorating, the young Hawaiian let loose with a barrage of backhand hits on the dumpy lefthanders, collecting a 7.50 and an 8.33 to combo Hedges and take the win…”I knew Chelsea (Hedges) would be dangerous on the left after seeing her this morning getting those barrels,” Ho said. “This afternoon it turned into a more rippable wave and it was hard on the forehand, but I was lucky to get the waves I did.”..With this win, Ho moves from 5th to 3rd on the ASP Women’s World Tour rankings and announces herself as a major force heading into the final three events of the year…”It feels so good to be on top,” Ho said. “I’m trying not to think about too much. I love my trophy. When I started the year, I set a goal to make Quarterfinals or better at every event in order finish Top 5 by the end of the year, and I’m doing my best to accomplish that.”..For Hedges, today’s return to form marks the first time the inspiring goofy-footer has seen a Finals’ berth since 2007, and moves her from 8th to 6th on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings. Her dominance in the earlier rounds of the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search cannot be overlooked as she consistently dominated the playful pits of Belgas, even eliminatin

Sofia Mulanovich (Peru)

The first Peruvian surfer to win an Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour event; the first South American to win a world title; the first South American surfer to be inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame; and the first surfer to defeat Layne Beachley from her six year dominance of the sport – Sofia Mulanovich is surfing elite.  With surfing traditionally being a male-dominated sport in Peru, she grew up competing against the boys, entering her first pro contests at 13. A blue-eyed beauty with a hard-charging style, she’s sure to give this year’s SCT line-up a real run for their money.

Commenting on her place in the competition, Sofia says, “I have always wanted to go to the Maldives. I imagine it’s just like being in paradise.  I’m super excited that I now have the opportunity to surf there and stay at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa. It’s a dream come true – I can’t wait!”

Group Surf & Stay Package

Surf fans can book the all-inclusive Group Surf & Stay (available from August 3 to 9, 2015 for a minimum booking of four rooms for five or seven nights). In addition to competition day passes, full board and transfers, Group Surf & Stay includes five or seven days of intense surfing with Tropicsurf’s expert guides, plus the chance to rub shoulders with all the Surfing Champions contestants in Kuda Huraa’s award-winning surrounds.

Call + 960 66 00 888 or email reservations.mal@fourseasons.com for enquiries and rates.

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