Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy
Kuda Huraa, Maldives
3 - 9 August 2015
Tom Curren forced to withdraw due to rib injury
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 July, 2015 - Kuda Huraa, Maldives - With less than a week to go until the start of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, 2006 Big Wave World Champion Brad ‘Gerr’ Gerlach has joined the line up as a last minute replacement for Tom Curren who was forced to withdraw due to a rib injury.
“I am honoured to compete in the Champions Trophy,” said Gerlach, a newcomer to the contest. “I have been on Four Seasons Explorer three times before and loved the experience, not to mention the beautiful water and waves of the Maldives. There is no better live-aboard charter vessel in the world for surfing and it will be the ultimate base for a surfing event.”
Gerlach joins an amazing line up of past and present WSL surfers for the fifth instalment of the boutique contest, including Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Neco Padaratz (BRA) Shane Dorian (HAW) Harley Ingleby (AUS) and iconic free surfer Dave Rastovich (AUS).
“I am so excited about the surfers that I will be hanging with and competing against,” said Gerlach. “They are all lovely people that I have been fortunate enough to get to know over my 40 years of wave riding.”
It was 30 years ago this September that Gerlach exploded onto the international surf scene, when the then unknown 19-year-old first-year pro beat reigning two-time world champion, Tom Carroll, in the final of the Stubbies Pro International Surfing Tournament.
Making it to number two in the world in 1991 and taking out the 2006 Big Wave World Championship (with a massive 68-foot beast at Todos Santos, Mexico), he is renowned for his flamboyance and competitiveness – traits he is looking forward to showcasing against his old rivals.
“I can't help but think about the competitive animal that lies within all of us,” concluded Gerlach. “That is something that makes this more than just a surf trip. I am fired up.”
The Surfing Champions Trophy is organised in conjunction with luxury surf pioneers, Tropicsurf (the pros behind Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa’s surf courses and trips) and run from the Four Seasons Explorer catamaran.