Courtesy of Ryan Glen
The showdown for the world’s most luxurious surf crown
STOP THE PRESS: Josh ‘Kerrsy’ Kerr will defend his Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy (5-12 August 2019) Indian Ocean Crown against good mate, Joel ‘Parko’ Parkinson, along with a star-studded international field of elite surfers that includes: Matt ‘Wilko’ Wilkinson, Kai Lenny, Wiggolly Dantas and Maldivian wildcard, Mohamed Fayaz.
The world’s most luxurious invitational surf event, hosted on-board Four Seasons Explorer (the Maldives ultimate surf vessel), boasts USD $25,000 prize money and a niche competition format which includes single, twin and thruster-fin divisions.
“It’s rare to be able to enjoy such amazing waves without too much pressure and to be able to bring some of the historic surfboard shapes back to life,” said Matt Wilkinson.
Tropicsurf top dog and FSSCT event-coordinator, Mark Winson, said this year’s six hand-picked competitors wasted no time in accepting their invites: “With such a diverse and talented field competing, you can be sure that there will be some amazing surfing taking place. We’re in for a real treat.”
Providing a KERRazy mate-versus-mate clash, Kerr and Parko will once again toss their friendship aside in pursuit of cutthroat surfing supremacy.
History shows their most prolific duel took place in 2012 when Kerr eliminated Kelly Slater from the Hawaiian Pipeline Masters and gifted Parko his World Title; an act of competitive mateship that Parko momentarily failed to remember when he later faced-off against Kerr in the final and obliterated him for the event win.
Retiring from full-time competition in 2018, Parko kicked off the New Year with a win at the 2019 Burleigh Single Fin and will arrive in the Maldives in the sort of form not consistent with rest and relaxation. “I’m coming to win the Four Seasons Surfing Champions Trophy,” he says.
Competitors and their families are being treated to sheer opulence courtesy of the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa.
“The Maldives is one of my favourite surf spots in the world and as an exotic holiday destination, it doesn’t get any more amazing for a surfer and his family,” says Parko, further adding: “In fact, my wife and I have decided to fly the whole family over. Who wouldn’t want your own personal cheer squad at such an exotic location?”
“We’re making this contest into a family project and I’m going to show my kids that their dad can still mix it with the best of them,” he says.
The Four Seasons Maldives 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 cocktail events back at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives, Kuda Huraa, which plays host to competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners (the pros behind the resort’s surf operation).
Limited day passes will be available (at a fee) for non-package guests and members of the public wishing to view the event from Four Seasons Explorer.
Visit: www.surfingchampionstrophy.com and