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Dorian Makes it a Twin Win on Twin Fin Day at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Dorian Makes it a Twin Win on Twin Fin Day at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

12/08/2016, Maldives, Surfing, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, Article # 18973296

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Caption: Shane Dorian put himself in a solid position when he took out the twin fin division at Sultans today : Sean Scott

 
Location:    Kuda Huraa, Maldives 
Event: Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy
Conditions: 4 Foot


Dorian Makes it a Twin Win on Twin Fin Day at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 


Kuda Huraa, Maldives (August 11, 2016) -  Shane Dorian (HAW) has continued his love affair with twin fins taking out the division for a second year in a row as competition continues at the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.

Dorian looked in good form all day finding a number of long Sultans tubes and unleashing his furious rail game on the clean four-foot walls on offer all day. The big-wave charger was able to post an excellent heat total of 16.24 (out of a possible 20) to overcome fellow Hawaiian Jamie O’Brien in the Final.

“I’m so stoked to be back here in the beautiful place,” Dorian said. “Surfing with all these guys is so sick, I’m just having a blast. That board had not felt good in any surf’s until my first heat and then it all just started to click, which was lucky. Hopefully I can make the final in the thruster division and have a shot at getting back here.”

After a shaky start to the contest during the single fin round, O’Brien was keen to impress on the twin fin which he did, posting impressive scores on his way to the final.

“I’m just stoked to be in the final,” O’Brien said. “It’s been really fun surfing all these guys, my first heat today was almost like a Championship Tour (CT) line-up. It’s been really cool to surf with Bethany; she is such an inspiration. I’m just loving it here.”


Caption: Jamie O'Brien swooping on a long Sultans Wall: Sean Scott

Bethany Hamilton was a standout performer on the twin fin. Having only just had a couple of days practice on the unique craft the Hawaiian goofy foot looked like she was on a thruster going vertical turn after turn. It was not enough to progress to the semifinals so Hamilton will look to reset and focus on the thruster division (three fin conventional board).

“This was my first time surfing a twin fin,” Hamilton said. “It’s really fun, I like how you really have to draw out your turns. Surfing with all of these guys is so amazing it’s just fun to be in the water with them, it gets me excited to surf and pushes me. I’m not in it to take them down but it would be cool to make a heat against them.” 


Caption: Bethany Hamilton throwing buckets : Sean Scott 

After taking out the single fin division, Australian Taj Burrow was hoping to set himself up for an overall final appearance with a solid result in the twin fin. This wouldn’t be the case as Burrow was unable to find a solid scoring wave while O’Brien and Dorian went blow for blow pulling into long draining barrels in the dying minutes of the heat.

“I didn’t know waves that good would come through at this place,” Burrow said. “Those waves at the end were amazing, I was so jealous I wasn’t on them. I didn’t surf this morning so it took me a while to get used to the twin fin. I never really got into a rhythm. It’s all good though I still had a hell time.” 


Caption:Taj Burrow was unlucky to not make his heat today : Sean Scott

Also being out done by the Hawaiian duos tube time was local trials winner Hussain ‘Iboo’ Areef, who’s stylish backhand was unable to get him the nod from the judges on this day. “It was fun out there but quite hard,” Areef said.

“I was really hoping to get a bomb set wave but it didn’t really happen. I’m just looking forward to getting on the thruster.” 


Caption: Travis Logie going upside down on his backhand: Sean Scott

Travis Logie may swap his thruster for a twin fin after the goofy foot South African put on an absolute clinic at Sultans.  Logie posted a solid heat total of 14.97 but was unable to overcome O’Brien who was given an excellent score for his tube riding.

“I felt really good on the board,” Logie said “It’s really tough to compete against a natural footer in waves like that especially when they’re getting barrels, it forces you to go really hard on your backhand turns. I’m really happy with how I surfed out there.”

Rob Machado was unable to make it back-to-back finals appearances as he came up against a rampaging Shane Dorian. In a heat filled with non-stop waves, the two friends went wave for wave each posting a number of scores in the excellent range. Machado’s amazing heat total of 18.00 wasn’t enough and Dorian took the heat win by just 0.77 of a point.

“Surfing against Shane again was so fun,” Machado said. It’s been so long since we have and in conditions like that, it was just perfect. It was a really good heat, the waves kind of didn’t stop and we were both posting high scores which is always a good indicator of the fun we’re having.” 

Check back at WorldSurfLeague.com for more images and information on the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy or on the WSL App as competitors ready themnselves for the thruster division.

Twin Fin Division Results 

Round 1

Heat 1: Travis Logie (ZAF) 16.10, Rob Machado (USA) 11.43, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 9.80

Heat 2: Shane Dorian (HAW) 18.48, Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.16, Iboo Areef (MDV) 9.10, Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 18.23

Semifinals 

Heat 1: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 16.43, Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.97 

Heat 2: Rob Machado (USA) 18.00, Shane Dorian (HAW) 18.84

Final: Shane Dorian (HAW)​ 16.24, Jamie O’Brien (HAW)​ 14.00

About The Event: Unique in many ways, the Surfing Champions Trophy determines heat times based on age and tests skill across three divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and thruster. Places are granted by invitation-only to six world champions in a battle for inner-circle kudos and a US$25,000 prize pot.

The event is hosted aboard Four Seasons Explorer – the Maldives’ ultimate surf vessel. Fans can get up close to the action with onboard VIP passes, while the ‘surf tour’ experience continues with shoulder-rubbing events back at Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa, which plays host to the contest’s competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners (the pros behind Kuda Huraa’s surf operation.)

Burrow Off to A Flying Start on Day One of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Burrow Off to A Flying Start on Day One of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

10/08/2016, Maldives, Surfing, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, Article # 18945285

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Caption: Taj Burrow on his way to taking out the first of three divisions at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions trophy, the single fin division : Sean Scott

 
Location:    Kuda Huraa, Maldives 
Event: Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy
Conditions: 3 - 4 Foot


Burrow Off to A Flying Start on Day One of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy


Kuda Huraa, Maldives (August 10, 2016) - Competition is underway at the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy with Day 1 seeing competitors return to basics and hitting the water on single fin boards. Taj Burrow (AUS) took out the division in pumping 3 to 4 foot clean right-handers at Sultans.

Burrow, who had only just ridden a single fin for the first time yesterday put on an amazing show all day pulling into barrels and smashing vertical reentries on the groomed walls of Sultans.

In the final, Burrow came up against former Pipe Master Rob Machado (USA). The two went blow for blow but it was Burrow who came out on top with a heat total of 14.94 (out of a possible 20).

“Surfing in a final on a single fin against Rob Machado is like a dream,” Burrow said. “That was just so much fun, the waves are sick and my board felt really good. It’s a bit bigger than what I’m used to but you could really push it through turns. I’m just having such a sick time here on Kuda Huraa we’re all being so spoiled.”

Machado, who was surfing on a board he shaped himself, was a real standout. Surfing a single fin at a wave like Sultans on your backhand is no easy task, but Machado made light work of it posting high heat scores all day.

“That was so fun out there,” Machado said. “The conditions are so dreamy today. It’s been so sick to catch up with Shane (Dorian) and the rest of the crew especially here in paradise. It doesn’t get any better.” 


Caption: Rob Machado going to town on a Sultans wall: Sean Scott

Last year’s event Champion Shane Dorian (HAW) came up against childhood friend and single fin master Machado in Semifinal two. Dorian tucked into a number of barrels for a heat total of 15.34 to tie with Machado who won on a count back due to receiving the highest single wave score of the heat.

“Rob and I have been competing against each other since we were kids,” Dorian said. “We’re good friends so it was super chilled out there. Rob is surfing as a good as he ever has so it was sick to share waves with him. It’s just such a pleasure to be back at this event.”


Caption: Defending Champ Shane Dorian : Sean Scott 

Semifinal one was an amazing duel between Taj Burrow and WSL Deputy Commissioner and former CT competitor Travis Logie (ZAF). Logie’s backhand was on point going vertical on critical sections to earn himself a heat total of 17.06. He was unable to overcome Burrow’s division high score of 18.44.

“They were the best waves I’ve had in a heat in over ten years,” Logie said. “Taj was just getting tubes and I was doing a million turns, it was so fun. It’s always great when you both get opportunities. The conditions are perfect for a single fin, just so good.”


Caption: Travis Logie was in seering form at Sultans today: Sean Scott

In one of the slower heats of the morning, Hawaii’s Jamie O’Brien was unable to find an early score as the ocean went flat. As the heat progressed he began to develop momentum as the waves built. Left needing a 8.40, O’Brien took off on one of the better looking waves of the heat pulling into a long barrel across the inside section; unfortunately it was after the siren and O’Brien bowed out of the day’s competition.

“This is such a unique contest,” O’Brien said. “When a wave comes through and it’s your turn, it’s a real treat; this wave is so perfect. It was a real challenge to ride the single find, you have to take off a bunch of talent and just go with the feel of it. It’s really cool out there, everyone was super relaxed so it was really cool.”


Caption: Jamie O'Brien hooking in the pocket : Sean Scott

Local Trials Winner Hussain ‘Iboo’ Areef (MDV) had to ask a friend if he could borrow a single fin as the young Maldivian had never ridden one before. His lack of experience did not show as the goofy footer nailed backhand hit after backhand hit. His heat total of 12.40 was not enough to move into the Semifinals so Areef will now set his sights on the twin fin division.

"Riding a single fin is really different,” Areef said. “You have to really slow everything down. It was so cool too see Travis, Jamie and Shane surfing up close they were all ripping. I surf out at Sultans a lot and it can get really busy so having it with only four people out there was awesome.”

Check back at WorldSurfLeague.com for more images and information on the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy or on the WSL App as competitors ready themnselves for the twin fin division.

Single Fin Division Results 

Round 1

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.67, Rob Machado (USA) 14.67, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 13.56

Heat 2: Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.93, Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.33, Iboo Areef (MDV) 12.44, Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 7.86

Semifinals 

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.44, Travis Logie (ZAF) 17.06 Heat 2: Rob Machado (USA) 15.34, Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.34

Final: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.94, Rob Machado (USA) 14.00

About The Event: Unique in many ways, the Surfing Champions Trophy determines heat times based on age and tests skill across three divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and thruster. Places are granted by invitation-only to six world champions in a battle for inner-circle kudos and a US$25,000 prize pot.

The event is hosted aboard Four Seasons Explorer – the Maldives’ ultimate surf vessel. Fans can get up close to the action with onboard VIP passes, while the ‘surf tour’ experience continues with shoulder-rubbing events back at Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa, which plays host to the contest’s competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners (the pros behind Kuda Huraa’s surf operation.)

Surfing Icons Arrive in the Maldives for the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Surfing Icons Arrive in the Maldives for the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

09/08/2016, Maldives, Surfing, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, Article # 18929835

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Caption: Looking down on the epic line-up at Sultans and the beautiful colours of the Maldives: Sean Scott

 
Location:    Kuda Huraa, Maldives 
Event: Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy
Conditions: 3 Foot


Surfing Icons Arrive in the Maldives for the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 
 


Kuda Huraa, Maldives (August 9, 2016) - A fresh cast of competitors has arrived on the beautiful Island of Kuda Huraa and hit the water for the first time in preparation for Day 1 of the 2016 Four Season Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. They have been greeted by flawless 3-foot waves at the right-hand reef break of Sultans.

On her second time to the Maldives, lone female competitor Bethany Hamilton (HAW) has been enjoying the challenge of riding the different equipment required for the unique format of the Champions Trophy, which involves surfers competing on single-fins, twin-fins and thrusters over three separate competition days.

“My first surf was so fun – the conditions were perfect,” Hamilton said. “It’s been fun trying to figure out the different equipment and Sultans really is a perfect wave for trying different boards. It’s going to be really cool surfing with all these guys, I can’t wait.”


Caption: Bethany Hamilton (HAW) enjoying being back in the Maldives: Aaron Lieber

Only a few months off the Championship Tour and Taj Burrow (AUS) is relishing the opportunity to surf in an event with such a unique format on different equipment, in such an exotic location. 

“This is the first time I have ever surfed a board that’s not a thruster,” Burrow said. “Since I have left the tour I have been ordering some different types of boards that I wouldn’t usually ride so it’s been really cool to get to know some different surf craft. My dad has been coming to the Maldives for years and says Sultans is his favourite wave so I’m stoked to finally get over here and see it all for myself, the waves seem so perfect.”


Caption: Taj Burrow getting acquainted with the long walls of Sultans on a fresh twin-fin: Sean Scott 

Known the world over for his ability and style on all sorts of surf-craft, Rob Machado (USA) comes into the event a sure favourite in the single-fin division, especially once he becomes more comfortable on the right-hand walls of Sultans. 

“I have ridden alternative equipment a lot but never in a contest,” Machado said. “My experience should help me a little but it also takes some adjusting surfing twin-fins and single-fins on your backhand. I have had a few surfs out there now so I’m feeling good.” 


Caption: Style master Rob Machado looking smooth as ever on his fresh single-fin: Aaron Lieber

WSL Deputy Commissioner and former Championship Tour competitor Travis Logie will be donning a contest jersey for the first time since leaving the CT in 2014. The silky smooth goofy-footer is another competitor who is only just experiencing the joys of surfing on a board other than the traditional thruster.

“This is such an amazing place,” Logie said. “Being here, surfing these fun waves competing against some of my friends and heroes is so cool, I feel like I’m on cloud nine. I had never surfed a single or twin-fin before the last two days and I have to say I’m addicted. It’s such a rewarding style of surfing and I can’t wait to surf heats on these boards.” 


Caption: WSL Deputy Commissioner coming off the bottom on his new twin-fin : Aaron Lieber

This year the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy will encompass a local trials winner. In 2016 the lucky local is goofy-foot ripper Hussain ‘Iboo’ Areef. Iboo is a standout at Sultans and can’t wait to paddle out with his idols in a contest jersey.

“It’s a dream come true to surf with these guys,” Iboo said. “These guys are my heroes, they’re who I look to for inspiration so surfing against them in a contest is amazing. The forecast looks good so hopefully we all get some pumping waves this week.”

Competition is set to get underway tomorrow with the Single-fin division hitting the water first. Check back at WorldSurfLeague.com for more images and information on the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy or on the WSL App.


About The Event: Unique in many ways, the Surfing Champions Trophy determines heat times based on age and tests skill across three divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and thruster. Places are granted by invitation-only to six world champions in a battle for inner-circle kudos and a US$25,000 prize pot.

The event is hosted aboard Four Seasons Explorer – the Maldives’ ultimate surf vessel. Fans can get up close to the action with onboard VIP passes, while the ‘surf tour’ experience continues with shoulder-rubbing events back at Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa, which plays host to the contest’s competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners (the pros behind Kuda Huraa’s surf operation.)


 

Burrow, Hamilton, Machado and Areef To Challenge For 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Burrow, Hamilton, Machado and Areef To Challenge For 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

20/07/2016, Maldives, Surfing, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, Article # 18682913

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Caption:  Taj burrow will be joining the rest of the crew at the 'World's most luxurious surfing contest' in 2016: WSL/Cestari

 
Location:    Kuda Huraa, North Male' Atolls, Maldives 
Event: Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy
Conditions: Upcoming 


Coolangatta, QLD/AUS (Tuesday, July 19, 2016) – The 2016 Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy line up is complete and it is one of the most star studded the unique event has seen. Joining Pipe specialists Jamie O’Brien, former Championship Tour competitor and WSL deputy commissioner Travis Logie and 2015 event champion Shane Dorian will be Taj Burrow, Bethany Hamilton, Rob Machado and local champion Hussain 'Iboo' Areef. 

Taj Burrow is a surfer that needs minimal introduction. Taj is known for his cheerful demeanor and dynamic surfing. The West Australian burst onto the scene in 1999 with a groundbreaking profile movie (SaboTaj) and impressive competitive results, Burrow finished No.2 in the world in his rookie season. He stayed on tour for almost two decades and notched up 12 CT victories. After calling this year’s Fiji Pro his last CT event, Burrow now has more time on his hands to attend more diverse events like the Four Seasons Maldives Champions Trophy.

“This event looks incredible,” Burrow said. “The waves in the Maldives look so fun and the resort looks amazing - there was no way I could knock this one back. The crew surfing in it this year is unreal. I can’t wait to get over there with my girls.”

Bethany Hamilton was born and raised on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai where surfing became a strong part of her life from a young age. Hamilton began to enjoy much competitive success from a young age winning a number of local and regional events. In 2003, Hamilton lost her arm when she was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing near her home. Exhibiting her trademark determination and love of surfing, Bethany returned to competition just seven months later, placing 5th in the 2004 NSSA nationals (winning it the following year). 

 A truly inspirational soul surfer, Bethany’s career highlights include: Hawaiian State Champion, T&C Pipeline Women’s Pro winner (2007), Surf n Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro winner (2014), and 3rd place at this year’s Fiji Women’s Pro. Hamilton’s competitive prowess coupled with her strong passion for surfing. 


Caption:  Bethany Hamilton on her way to a 3rd place finish at the 2016 Fiji Pro CT event as a wildcard: WSL/Sloane

“I’m so excited to have fun surfing with the boys in the Maldives’ pristine waves,” Hamilton said. “It’ll be fun and interesting competing on twin and single fin boards. I’m Looking forward to a cruise time with my family and enjoying our time in paradise.”

Considered one of the smoothest surfers of his generation, Californian Rob Machado is an iconic soul surfer, spending over the last decade travelling the world surfing the most perfect waves he can find, usually on different and experimental equipment. Some people forget however that through the nineties, Machado was a solid fixture in the WSL CT top 10, even making it to World No. 2 in 1995 and was seen as a formidable opponent by his fellow competitors.

Machado’s ability on boards of all shapes and sizes will see him as a major threat when competition gets underway at the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.

“I’ve always been a massive fan of this event,” Machado said. “Having the three different board types in one event is a really cool concept - it just sounds like an amazing event in an amazing location.”  


Caption:  Rob Machado can thread a tube better than most: WSL/Cestari

Event coordinator, Mark Winson of Tropicsurf, predicts the most exciting year yet with this incredible and diverse line-up of competitors. 

“There’s no guessing which way this will go, and that’s what makes it so exciting,” Winson said. “Spectators are in for an electrifying show of surfing skills.”

For the first time in the event's history a local wildcard will go head to head with the world's best in the main event. Hussain 'Iboo' Areef is widely recognised as Maldives' national surfing hero. The reigning Domestic Champions Trophy winner and successful Maldives Open campaigner will be a legitimate threat on the world stage of the Champions Trophy. 

"I am honoured to have this opportunity to surf in the Four Seasons Champions Trophy this year”, Areef said. “I am so stoked to be able to surf with my heroes. Thank you Four Seasons for giving a Maldivian a chance to participate in this event. I'm really looking forward to it" 


Caption:  Hussain 'Iboo' Areef will be one to watch for on his home turf against some of the best surfers on the planet: Four Seasons Maldives

Equally as exciting is the announcement that the upcoming Maldives Open surfing event will be used as the selection competition to determine the highest placed local surfer for future Champion Trophy’s. Mark Winson of Tropicsurf sees this as one of the most thrilling evolutions of the Champions Trophy. 

"There is so much surfing talent here in the Maldives and the Maldives Open is widely regarded as the highest level of domestic competition in the country, Winson said. “It's the perfect opportunity for local surfers to earn unequalled bragging rights, a share of US$25k prize money, and the Champions Trophy. I'm sure that Iboo and surfers just like him will be real contenders in this event for years to come" 

Maldives Open contest organiser and president of the MBBA Fuku Areef explains that;

"Local surfers are really excited to see one of our own go head to head with the world's best. It's a tremendous opportunity for Iboo on the world stage and we're confident that he will do really well. Furthermore, to now have the Maldives Open as the qualification event for future Champions Trophy’s is a great opportunity for any Maldivian surfer to put themselves up against the likes of surfers like Shane Dorian or Taj Burrow. That's such a great step forward for local surfers and the Champions Trophy concept"


The 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy will run from August 8-14. For more information head to www.WorldSurfLeague.comwww.surfingchampionstrophy.com or check out the WSL app.

About the event: Unique in many ways, the Surfing Champions Trophy determines heat times based on age and tests skill across three divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and thruster.  Places are granted by invitation-only to six world champions in a battle for inner-circle kudos and a US$25,000 prize pot. Each heat is run with a timing handicap per competitor’s age; so, the older the competitor the more time they have in the water.

The event is hosted aboard Four Seasons Explorer – the Maldives’ ultimate surf vessel. Fans can get up close to the action with onboard VIP passes, while the ‘surf tour’ experience continues with shoulder-rubbing events back at Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa, which plays host to the contest’s competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners (the pros behind Kuda Huraa’s surf operation.)

Logie And O’Brien To Join Defending Camp Dorian At Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Logie And O’Brien To Join Defending Camp Dorian At Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

21/06/2016, Maldives, Surfing, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, Article # 18325750

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Caption: Former Pipe Master Jamie O'Brien is one of the first new announcements for the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy: WSL/Cestari

 
Location:    Kuda Huraa, Maldives 
Event: Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy
Conditions: n/a


Logie And O’Brien To Join Defending Camp Dorian At Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy


Kuda Huraa Maldives, (June 15, 2016) - Momentum is building for the world’s most luxurious surfing contest, the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy with the first two contestants of the 2016 event being announced. South Africa’s Travis Logie (ZAF) and Pipeline specialist Jamie O’Brien (USA) will join the 2015 event champion Shane Dorian (USA) in the pristine waves on offer in the Maldives.

Event co-ordinator, Mark Winson of Tropicsurf is excited with the first two fresh competitors that have been announced and believes this well-rounded draw could lead to one of the most exciting events yet. 

“With a freesurfer, an all-rounder and a big wave slayer announced so far, we’re already in for an epic battle this August,” Winson said. “We still have three contestants yet to be announced so I think the 2016 instalment of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy is going to be one to watch.” 

WSL Deputy Commissioner Travis Logie (ZAF) will put the competitive jersey on for the first time since he retired from the WSL Championship Tour (CT) at the end of the 2014 season. Logie, who won the 2002 ISA World Surfing Games for his beloved South Africa has been a fan of the Champions Trophy Event for several years and is stoked he’ll be able to mix it with the rest of the field in paradise.

“Shauna (Logie’s Wife) and I are so excited to be invited to this event at the Four Seasons,” Logie said. “I've followed the Champions Trophy online for years and can’t wait to get amongst those perfect Maldivian waves myself. Hopefully I can give Shane and Jamie some stiff competition in the line-up too.


Caption: Former CT competitor Travis Logie is looking forward to visiting the Four Seasons Maldives in August: WSL/Cestari

Apart from being the youngest surfer to ever take out the most iconic event in surfing in 2004, the Pipe Masters, Jamie O’Brien is best known for his progressive free surfing. Whether it’s taking the biggest beasts at his beloved Pipe or throwing his fins to the wind a Rocky’s, there is a reason this North Shore local is one of the biggest names in the sport. One of O’Brien’s best attributes is his ability to have fun no matter what, which will see him fit in perfectly at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy event.

I can’t wait to surf in the Champions Trophy with Shane and Travis,” O’Brien said. “This event looks like everyone is always enjoying themselves and that’s what life is about.”

Winning the Four Season Surfing Champions Trophy means earning the honour of returning to the event the following year. Returning this year is 2015 Champion and big wave hell-man Shane Dorian.

“Lisa and I can’t wait to return to the Maldives to enjoy the chilled out vibe of the Champions Trophy,” Dorian said. “It’s such a unique concept with fun waves and great company and definitely one of the highlights of our year.” 


Caption: 2015 Event Champion  and big-wave charger Shane Dorian will be back to defend his title in 2016: Sean Scott 

About The Event: Unique in many ways, the Surfing Champions Trophy determines heat times based on age and tests skill across three divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and thruster. Places are granted by invitation-only to six world champions in a battle for inner-circle kudos and a US$25,000 prize pot.

The event is hosted aboard Four Seasons Explorer – the Maldives’ ultimate surf vessel. Fans can get up close to the action with onboard VIP passes, while the ‘surf tour’ experience continues with shoulder-rubbing events back at Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa, which plays host to the contest’s competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners (the pros behind Kuda Huraa’s surf operation.)


For more information head to www.WorldSurfLeague.com or check out the WSL app.

 
Shane Dorian wins the 2015 Four Seasons Maldives Champions Trophy

Shane Dorian wins the 2015 Four Seasons Maldives Champions Trophy

09/08/2015, Maldives, Surfing, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, Article # 12055626

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Caption: Shane Dorian (HAW) wins the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.
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Shane Dorian wins the 2015 Four Seasons Maldives Champions Trophy

Big wave legend Shane Dorian (HAW) has taken out the 2015 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy at Sultan’s Point this afternoon. Dorian defeated last years Champion Dave Rastovich (AUS) in the Final and has secured himself a spot in the 2016 event. 

In what was a fitting climax to an amazing week of surfing from all competitors, Dorian posted his two scoring waves in the early stages of the heat, a 6.67 and 7.83, for a heat total of 14.50 (out of a possible 20). This left Rastovich to chase down a 7.28. Trailing by only 0.44, ‘Rasta’ was unable to get the score in the closing minutes and Dorian took the win.

“I never thought I would come here and win this event,” said Dorian. “Surfing with all these guys in the Maldives has just been a really incredible experience. The different divisions were so good, I never knew I could have so much fun riding a twin fin, let alone win a heat against Rasta on one. The waves yesterday were so dreamy, it’s been such an amazing event”

2014 Surfing Champions Trophy winner, Rastovich, surfed incredibly all event taking out the single fin division and a 2nd place in the twin fin, he unfortunately was unable to take out back-to-back Champions Trophy titles. 

“Everyone has been surfing amazing all week,” Rastovich said. “Seeing everyone surfing on different boards is great. Today was good; Shane and I were just sitting out the back chatting and taking it easy, catching a couple of waves. At the end of the day this is just a great holiday for everyone, with a couple of perks. There is a little bit of structure but it’s mainly just a good time. 

One of Rastovich’s highlights for this year’s event was competing and free surfing surfing with 2004 WSL Women’s World Champion Sofía Mulánovich (PER).

“I really feel like it’s great that Sofia is in the mix, surfing with the fellas. That sort of thing doesn’t happen enough in surfing. Every line up in the world is always better with women in the water. I think that’s one of the best things about this event, great diversity”.

Taking out the event means that Dorian receives an automatic entry into the 2016 Surfing Champions Trophy something that the Champion describes as the sweetest part of the victory. 

“I’m really stoked above winning that I’ll be able to come back to the Maldives and surf in the event next year, almost as excited as my wife is. I’ll definitely work on some different boards and riding a few twins and singles before I come back for sure,” said Dorian.  

En route to the Grand Final, Dorian had a third place in the single fin division, and a first in the twin and thruster division. He also had the highest single wave score, a 10, the first in Champions Trophy history, and the highest heat total, a 19.60 (out of a possible 20) 

Both competitors were presented with their prizes by the Republic of the Maldives Deputy Minister for Tourism, Hussain Lirar in a traditional ceremony aboard the Four Seasons Explorer. 

After what was an incredible week of waves at Sultan’s Point off the Four Season’s island of Kuda Huraa, event organisers look to next year’s event, which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

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Dorian Wins Thruster Division with near perfect performance

Dorian Wins Thruster Division with near perfect performance

08/08/2015, Maldives, Surfing, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, Article # 12029355

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Caption: Shane Dorian dominates again at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.
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Dorian Wins Thruster Division with near perfect performance

Big wave legend, Shane Dorian (HAW) has posted a near perfect heat total of 19.60 (out of a possible 20) to beat Neco Padaratz (BRA) in the final of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy Thruster Division. 

Sultan’s Point turned on and the two traded barrels for what was without a doubt, the heat of the contest so far. Padaratz posted three excellent scores but was unable to escape the combination situation Dorian had put him in.

“The conditions were just magic,” said Dorian. “That Maldivian water clarity, the sun shining, and perfect off shore, when that first one came it was such a perfect shape but I thought it might run a little fast so I had to race straight away. Then I pulled in and it ended up going the perfect speed, it was a blast. The wave is so rippable and user friendly”

I’m really stoked to be here. It’s such a magical place, the Four Seasons Resort is top notch in every way, the staff, the service, the food it’s all amazing and the proximity of the resort to the waves is also incredible”

Padaratz was a clear stand out in and out of the water. At 38, his skills and competitive drive have certainly not left him.

“Everything was so perfect for that heat,” Padaratz said. “The water and colours, especially the waves. I have surfed here before and knew you can get barrels at the end, but today it was going all the way through from start to finish, just awesome!”

“This event has been so amazing, it feels good to know I can still perform with these guys. Shane and I were just trading waves and laughing sitting out there”

Dorian now moves through to the Grand final of the Champions Trophy, where he will meet last year’s winner Dave Rastovich (AUS)

“Surfing against Rasta should be fun. He’s really cruisey and mellow and goes with the flow but as soon as a heat starts he’s all action, he’s actually a bit of a contest machine. It’s always such a good vibe in the water with Rasta so I can’t wait.”

The two met today in semi-final two where Dorian’s 17.90 got him through by 0.70 of a point as Rastovich was unable to find an 8.78 in the final minutes. 

In another close semi-final, Harley Ingleby (AUS), needing a 7.50 took off on one of the last set waves of the heat, but it only offered one critical section and Ingleby had to settle for a 6.77 and an equal third place.


“I could see a good sized set and let the first one go,” said Ingleby. “I didn’t think there would be four waves in the set so took the third wave, but it only had one good section and then raced away. It was a super fun heat though; it’s been an incredible experience here, having really good heats, in really good waves, it’s been a dream come true trip.”

Brad Gerlach (USA) was unlucky to get knocked out in the opening round. Posting a 9.00 early in his heat, ‘Gerr’, although staying busy, was unable to find the eight point back up that he needed. 

“It’s a bit of a shame my seeding didn’t really help too much,” said Gerlach. “But I mean, the waves are super fun, it’s super shredable. I suppose that’s the most frustrating thing, I don’t get to go back out. Overall it’s been a fun week, it’s great to chat and hang with everyone, getting to surf these waves without anyone out, it’s been great.”

With an amazing display of stylish rail surfing, 2004 WSL Women’s World Champion Sofía Mulánovich (PER) was not able to progress. She showed off her amazing ability off against the guys as the only female in the event.

“This was my first time competing against guys,” Mulánovich said. “It’s been such an amazing experience getting to surf against my idols, in these waves and in paradise, it’s an honour, I’m super happy to be here and I hope I can come back in the future.”

Tomorrow is the final day of the waiting period and means our two finalists, Shane Dorian and Dave ‘Rasta’ Rastovich will take to the water on their own choice of craft and a Champion will be crowned. 

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Results Thruster
Final

Shane Dorian (HAW) 19.60 Neco Padaratz (BRA) 17.93
Semi-finals
SF1: Neco Padaratz (BRA) 16.17 Harley Ingleby (AUS) 15.44 
SF2: Shane Dorian (HAW) 17.90 Dave Rastovich (AUS) 17.20
Opening Round 
Heat 1:  Harley Ingleby (AUS) 17.30 Dave Rastovich (AUS) 17.30 
Brad Gerlach (USA) 16.63
Heat 2: Shane Dorian (HAW) 18.43 Neco Padaratz (BRA) 16.67 
Sofía Mulánovich (PER) 16.67


Leader Board
Shane Dorian (HAW) 2800
Dave Rastovich (AUS) 2700pts
Neco Padaratz (BRA) 2600pts
Harley Ingleby (AUS) 2300pts
Brad Gerlach (USA) 2200pts
Sofía Mulánovich (PER) 2100pts

 

Dorian shines in Surfing Champions Trophy Twin Fin Division

Dorian shines in Surfing Champions Trophy Twin Fin Division

07/08/2015, Maldives, Surfing, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, Article # 12007568

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Caption: Shane Dorian dominates division two of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.
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Dorian shines in Surfing Champions Trophy Twin Fin Division

Kuda Huraa, Maldives: Hawaiian Shane Dorian has defeated Dave Rastovich (AUS) in the final of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy twin fin division. Dorian, the standout of the day posted a heat total of 15.60 to overcome the twin fin specialist Rastovich who was unable to find the wave he needed in the final minutes. 

“I never ever ride twin fins,” said Dorian. “I didn’t really know how to approach it or how I should ride it, but it felt good. The waves were fun and really good for twin fins, fast and down the line”

Dorian enjoyed sharing the final with fellow team rider and long time friend Rastovich.

“It was an absolute pleasure having the opportunity to surf in the final against Rasta, a real treat. I’m just stoked to be here. Even though I didn’t feel comfortable on that board, it was amazing to see Dave, Harley (Ingleby) and Neco (Padaratz) and how good they can surf those different boards. I would never have thought I would have beaten Rasta, in the finals, on a twin fin in good waves.”

Although not coming away with a win, Rastovich’s second final appearance for the event means he is currently leading the pack and is looking like a strong contender for consecutive Champions Trophy finals. 

“Shane and I have surfed heaps over the years and to see him on a twin fin was rad,” Rastovich said. “Seeing him flairing in waves like that, I was pumped, really good vibes all day. The waves were fun, nice, clean and glassy. Look where we are, we’re in paradise.”

Yesterday’s runner-up, Neco Padaratz continued his good form in the twin fin division, scoring another great tube ride, posting a 9.27 and an 8.17 for an incredible heat total of 17.44. Padaratz was unable to top Dorian’s almost perfect heat, posting the competitions highest heat total of 19.27.

Rastovich was able to progress to his second final of the contest after beating 2006 World Big Wave Champion, and 1991 Championship Tour Runner-up, Brad Gerlach (USA).  Needing a 9-point ride in the final minute, Gerlach took off on a set wave, only to come unstuck on his third turn and narrowly missed progressing to the final. 

“I thought I may as well just go for it, at least try and do a couple of turns,” said Gerlach. “I knew on that wave, a nine would be almost impossible but if I nailed a few turns and got an eight, then I could try and find another score really quickly. I’m really looking forward to the thruster division. I know it’s my strength. I can’t complain though, this is the best surfing resort in the world, then you have this boat, the Four Seasons Explorer, the service is great. I’m really glad to be here.”

Two of the most exciting heats of the day occurred in the opening round, which consisted of two three-person heats, where third position of each heat would be knocked out of the day’s competition. In today’s division, those two competitors were 2004 WSL Women’s World Champion Sofía Mulánovich (PER), and the current WSL Longboard World Champion, Harley Ingleby (AUS) who only missed out on progressing by 0.13. Both competitors were disappointed not to make it through to the semifinals, but were able to focus on the positives. 

“I think I’m probably out of contention for the final now, but I’ve just been sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the show,” Ingleby said. “It’s a really relaxed vibe on the boat, everyone has been surfing sick. It’s been a fun day. I’m looking forward to the thruster division now, surfing with all this crew in these type of waves, it’s awesome.”

The next and final round of competition is a little more conventional, with the board of choice being the modern shape of the high performance thruster. 

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Results Twin Fin
Final

Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.60 Dave Rastovich (AUS) 13.27
Semifinals
SF1: Dave Rastovich (AUS) 15.81 Brad Gerlach (USA) 15.84
SF2: Shane Dorian (HAW) 19.27 Neco Padaratz (BRA) 17.44
Opening Round 
Heat 1:  Shane Dorian (HAW) 18.17 Dave Rastovich (AUS) 16.60 
Harley Ingleby (AUS) 16.47
Heat 2: Brad Gerlach (USA) 16.60 Neco Padaratz (BRA) 7.67 
Sofía Mulánovich (PER) 14.43

Leader Board
Dave Rastovich (AUS) 1900pts
Shane Dorian (HAW) 1800pts
Neco Padaratz (BRA) 1700pts
Brad Gerlach (USA) 1500pts
Harley Ingleby (AUS) 1500pts
Sofía Mulánovich (PER) 1400pts

 

 

Rastovich Overcomes an In-Form Padaratz to Win Single Fin Division

Rastovich Overcomes an In-Form Padaratz to Win Single Fin Division

06/08/2015, Maldives, Surfing, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, Article # 11978371

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Caption: Dave 'Rasta' Rastovich (AUS) wins the single fin division of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.
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Rastovich Overcomes an In-Form Padaratz to Win Single Fin Division

Kuda Huraa, Maldives (Wednesday, August 5, 2015) Reigning Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy champion Dave ‘Rasta’ Rastovich (AUS) has started his 2015 campaign where he left off, taking out the single-fin division in clean 1.5 to 2 metre waves at Sultan’s Point.

 

Rastovich only caught three waves but posted a 7.67 and a 7.50 for a heat total of 15.17 (out of a possible 20) to overcome two-time WSL Qualifying Series Champion Neco Padaratz (BRA) who fell short by only 1.17 with a total of 14.00.

 

“This whole event is just about fun,” Rastovich said. “Watching all of the guys surfing so beautifully is a real treat. To have some diversity in a contest is amazing, we’re not all the same age, we don’t all have the same style so it’s nice to see people surfing in a different kind of way on different kinds of boards. It’s really great.”

 

Rastovich surfed the same single-fin he rode at last year’s contest, a board shaped by his good friend and Australian surf legend Joel Fitzgerald.

 

“It’s a fun board, I don’t actually ride single-fins that much so it’s kind of a new challenge to try and ride one as they can be pretty tricky. I’m looking forward to the twin-fin as I pretty much ride them exclusively so that will be really fun. It’s neat to see each other surf on boards we don’t usually surf, it’s a really cool format.”

 

Padaratz was unlucky to just miss out on the heat win but was without a doubt one of the form surfers of the day, having the highest average heat total.

 

“The final was amazing,” said Padaratz. “We had a whole bunch of waves come through. I saw Rasta get barrelled then do some massive turns and knew it would be tough; he is such an amazing surfer. I’m so stoked just to be out there with these amazing legends in these perfect waves with all the great people at the Four Seasons; I feel blessed.”

 

Rastovich made it through to the final after overcoming current WSL Longboard Champion Harley Ingleby (AUS). Both competitors were made to stay patient as almost fifteen minutes passed without a set on offer. Rastovich, after moving to the inside was able to post two mid range scores to take the heat win. Ingleby was unlucky not to find a back up score in what was a slow heat for waves.

 

“It’s always a bummer when you don’t get to surf waves in a heat,” Ingleby said. “But man I got to surf against three of my idols growing up, and the location here, you couldn’t really ask for too much more.”

 

Padaratz found his place in the final after overcoming big wave legend Shane Dorian (HAW) in what was considered the heat of the day. Dorian was gaining momentum on his single-fin but found himself in a combination situation after Padaratz posted two excellent scores for a heat total of 18.50 with a pair of incredible barrel rides.

 

Earlier in the day, Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy debutants, Sofía Mulánovich (PER) and Brad ‘Ger’ Gerlach (USA) were unable to make it through their respective heats but were not too concerned about the results.

 

“I’m not disappointed at all,” Mulánovich said. “Its so amazing to have the opportunity to surf this wave with Dave Rastovich and Neco Padaratz. I mean I feel like a winner before touching the water. I’m really happy to share waves with them in paradise at this amazing contest, I’m really happy.”

 

Competition looks likely to resume tomorrow when competitors pull out the twin-fin in what is sure to be another exciting day of action. For more information log onto surfingchampionstrophy.com and worldsurfleague.com.

 

Single Fin Final Results:

1: Dave Rastovich (AUS) 15.17

2: Neco Padaratz (BRA) 14.00

 

Single Fin Semifinal Results:

SF 1:  Neco Padaratz (BRA) 18.50 Shane Dorian (HAW) 9.73

SF 2: Dave Rastovich (AUS) 13.83 Harley Ingleby (AUS) 6.17

 

Single Fin Opening Round Results:

Heat 1: Neco Padaratz (BRA) 15.63, Dave Rastovich (AUS) 12.17,

Sofía Mulánovich (PER) 6.41

Heat 2: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 13.10, Shane Dorian (HAW) 12.34,

Brad Gerlach (USA) 8.93

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