Occy Takes Away the Four Seasons Surfing Champions Trophy

Maldives Promotion House – The world famous surfer and former ASP World Champion Mark Occhilupo, Occy, has taken away the price of USD25,000 at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy in a grand showdown.

Occy went up against Australasian and world Longboard champion Josh Constable, Iconic Australian legend and dual Longboard and Shortboard world champion Nat Young, 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.

President Mohamed Nasheed also attended the awards ceremony of the Surfing Champions Trophy at Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa resort. At the ceremony held onboard the resort’s luxury catamaran Four Seasons Explorer, the President awarded the Grand Champion trophy to Occy.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Nasheed acknowledged that Maldivians were accustomed to life close to the ocean, adding that “we are people of the sea”. He also noted that fishermen spent more time at sea than at home, and noted that 44 percent of the Maldivian work force consisted of fishermen.

“We are people of the sea and we all grow up with the elements around us and for us the sea is never very far away from us. From a very tender age we are taught to swim and we actually live half of our lives in the sea,” he said.

President Nasheed conveyed that he was honoured to meet the world surfing champions, and welcomed them to visit the Maldives again, and added that Maldivian surfers would be much appreciative of this opportunity to meet them in person.

Ending his speech, President said that “the Maldives is a secret and especially the secret of the wave points; we are not exactly certain what to do about it. We have these resources and how we use it should be for the benefit of all humankind and for everyone to enjoy it.”

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