Maldives in Top 45 Places to Go in 2012: New York Times

Maldives Promotion House – New York Times has listed Maldives among the top 45 international destinations to visit in 2012. Maldives was ranked 27th on their list of exotic must visit destinations, and was chosen as a surfer’s paradise. It was ranked ahead of places such as Antarctica, Jordon and Italy.

The newspaper describes Maldives as “a cushy place for hardcore surfers.” According to Ross Phillips, the founder of Tropicsurf, a leading outfitter in the high-end surfing scene, Maldives is ideal for hardcore surfers. “[There are] good, consistent waves, warm water, a wide choice of five-star resorts and plenty of things to do for the partners who don’t surf,” Ross described.

This past summer, six world champion surfers arrived in Maldives for what was billed as the world’s most exclusive surfing event, the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, which was held at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa resort.

Surfing in the Maldives started out as body-boarding. Earlier natives have been known to body-board with and without wooden planks. Drift wood were also used by the natives for body-boarding. The modern wave surfing was introduced in the late 70s and is the second most popular water sport in Maldives. With its many small islands spread over the Indian Ocean, Maldives proves to be a perfect destination for surfing enthusiasts.

The Maldives in recent years has attracted professional surfers as well as beginners. International surfing competitions have also been held in Maldives making it a world famous surfing destination. With medium and small waves, the capital city Malé hosts a specific area for wave surfers. With an average water temperature of around 28 degree centigrade, consistent surfing conditions are observed throughout the surfing season. The surfing season begins during mid February and ends in November.

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