The Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy got under way yesterday with Josh Kerr claiming the single-fin division, but with onshore conditions prevailing this morning contest directors opted to call off the action for the day.
At your regular event this means pulling out the cards or heading to the golf course, but for competitors at the world’s most luxurious surfing event things run a little differently. The new Flying Triggerfish, Four Seasons Resorts Maldives private luxury seaplane, was called in to duty and Josh Kerr, Joel Parkinson, Matt Wilkinson, Kai Lenny and local wildcard Mohamed “Pelé” Fayaz took off (literally) in search of sheltered waves at the other end of the Maldivian archipelago.
“It was amazing,” said Australian surfer Matt Wilkinson. “We flew along the coast checking out every little reef and cove, and eventually landed at a right hander about an hour away. We drove right up to the edge of the lagoon, dropped an anchor and paddled straight off the plane and surfed!”
After a long surf, highlighted by perfectly clean three-foot waves breaking in inch-deep water, the team paddled back to the plane for a gourmet lunch and a few cannonballs off the roof. A fun day under their belts they flew back to Four Seasons Kuda Huraa in time for the Cocktail Reception at the Resort.
The Surfing Champions Trophy is hosted aboard Four Seasons Explorer – the Maldives’ ultimate surf vessel. Fans can get up close to the action with on board VIP passes while the ‘surf tour’ experience continues with nightly events back at Kuda Huraa, which plays host to the contest’s competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners.