Soneva Organises the First Local Surfing Competition in the Baa Atoll, Maldives
Surfers competed in Over 18, Under 18, and Bodyboarding divisions
September 4, 2018: Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, recently organised the Baa Atoll’s first surfing competition for local Maldivians. The Soneva Surf Pro 2018 was on held on September 1, near the island of Goidhoo and saw over 40 participants take part. Surfers got to compete in the Over 18, Under 18, and Bodyboarding divisions. Included in the judges panel were Maldivian pro surfer Kuda Issey and Troy Huggett, the Manager of Cokes Surf Camp. The prizes for the competition, ranging from eco-friendly surfboards, leashes, fins, rash guards, wax and sunscreen were provided by Soneva Surf’s eco partners.
The winners of the divisions were: Under 18 Champion – Ahmed Zain (17 yrs, Goidhoo); Over 18 Champion – Mohamed Samah (18 yrs, Eydhafushi); Bodyboard Champion – Ibrahim Zain (15 yrs, Eydhafushi); and The Most Promising Surfer – Haisham Latheef (14 yrs, Fehendhoo).
The Soneva Surf team has been travelling around the Maldives in search of surf spots and connecting with local surfers, many of whom expressed their wish to compete in surfing competitions. Seeing this as an opportunity to bring together different communities, make surfing more accessible and to drive sustainable surfing practices, the Soneva Surf team set about organising the Soneva Surf Pro 2018 competition.
Soneva Surf hopes that by organising regular surfing competitions they will generate positive and healthy competition within the local surfing communities to help push them to make continuous improvements in surfing. The main goal of involving more locals in surfing, particularly girls and young women, is to familiarise Maldivians with the ocean, to empower and motivate them to aid in its conservation.
Soneva’s new surfing programme aims to tap into the growing interest in the Maldives as a surfing destination. Soneva Surf is offered at both of Soneva’s Maldives properties, Soneva Fushi in the Baa Atoll and Soneva Jani in the Noonu Atoll. Soneva in Aqua also offers a Surfing Charter within both Atolls. So far, Soneva has discovered 13 and 11 surfing spots in the Baa Atoll and Noonu Atoll, respectively; and hopes to uncover many more. Each of these locations are relatively unknown, meaning they are less travelled, uncrowded and secret. Surfing in the Baa Atoll and Noonu Atoll is more suited to intermediate to advanced surfers, but beginners will find surfing spots that cater to their needs.
Soneva’s secret surfing spots will only be revealed to resort guests who choose the surfing package in order to keep them uncrowded and pristine for future guests.