Maldives government grants resort privacy boundaries that include surfbreaks
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 October, 2013 : - - Management at Hudhuranfushi Resort, Maldives have taken a step to managing on-island surfer numbers by appointing World Surfaris as their official surf operations manager & offering a new surfer management plan that will limit surfers permitted to a maximum of 35 during March to October season.
International surf adventure company World Surfaris and their affiliate agents aim to free up the house break ‘Lohi’s’ from the annual abundance of visiting surfers. “Surfer numbers visiting North Male’ atoll & Hudhuranfushi Resort have considerably increased in recent years. The resulting influx has often left guests frustrated to say the least with a bad atmosphere in and out of the water.” Levings stated.
ADS Resorts Pvt Ltd, the leaseholders of Lohifushi Island now known as Adaaran ‘Select’ Hudhuranfushi Resort are granted private use of the house reef which includes ‘Lohis left’.
"The above decision was taken after reviewing for almost
2 years and to maintain discipline among surfers.
No surfers will be allowed to surf ‘Free’ at Lohis
without a paid surf pass"
In the Maldives the tourism laws grant most resorts a boundary for privacy reasons that often includes the surf break. Surfers have flocked to the resort to surf ‘Lohis for many years, however on-island surfer numbers have spiralled out of control and the break was fast losing its reputation as a desirable location.
Mr Mohamed Lantra, General Manager of marketing at Adaaran Resorts was quoted the following when questioned about limiting surfing numbers.
“With regard to the surf operation, the company has taken a decision to manage it well and uplift the standard of the Lohi's surf break as well as the property as such, we have appointed World Surfaris to manage the surf operation. The above decision was taken after reviewing for almost 2 years and to maintain discipline among surfers. No surfers will be allowed to surf ‘Free’ at Lohis without a paid surf pass”.
Source: World Surfaris
Author: Sean Walker
Tags: Maldives, North Male Atoll, Lohi's
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