Maldives Promotion House – Josh Constable, the famous Australasian and world Longboard champion has signed on for the inaugural Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. Organised and hosted by Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa from August 29th to September 5th 2011, the event will feature world champions, the leading five-star surfing resort itself, and a luxurious 39-metre three-deck catamaran, along with the perfect reef break waves.
For this particular event, the 27 year-old surfing phenomenon will be swapping his trademark longboard for a shortboard, to join the elite field of six invited world champions in the exclusive five star Maldivian resort, going head to head across three divisions for a USD25,000 prize.
With already five wins under his belt this season, he believes that winning this event would be one of the highlights of his surfing career. “Just to be able to surf with these guys is going to be epic. I grew up doing the junior shortboard series and still shortboard a lot,” the enthusiastic surfer said.
“I also love the history of surfing and have always been interested in collecting and riding all the older style boards so I will feel comfortable with them under my feet. And let’s see what happens from there.”
Iconic Australian legend Nat Young, the dual longboard and shortboard world champion, will also be dropping in for a run at the trophy. Young might be the oldest surfer in the field but he is more than capable of upsetting his younger rivals if conditions get big and hollow like his home-break of Angourie Point on the NSW North Coast of Australia.
From 1964 until 1966, Young was the Australian Open champion and won the World Pro Championships in 1970 in Hawaii. He pioneered a whole new technique of surfing that replaced the conventional and accepted smooth, fluid, and flowing style with a more high speed aggressive technique featuring rapid-fire changes of direction and flashy arcs.
Joining Constable and Young in the Maldives contest will be five-time world champion Mark Richards from Newcastle, Australia, the seven-time world champion Layne Beachley from Manly, Australia and 1988 world champion Barton Lynch from Whale Beach, Australia. However one more name will be added to the list, which is yet to be announced.