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Heated Day Two action continues at frenetic Maldives Open

Raditya Rondi © ASC/Tim Hain




Maldives Open

Asian Surfing Championships
Lohis Pint, Maldives
13-16 September 2015

Non-Stop Action at Lohis in the Men’s and BodyBoarding Divisions

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 September, 2015 - Hudhuranfushi, Maldives:  It was another exciting and full day of competition at the Maldives Open 2015 today, held at the Adaaran Hudhranfushi Resort in the Maldives, as Lohis Point showed off a variety of conditions ranging from early morning glassy 3-4 footers  to late afternoon 5-6 foot wind affected bombs, offering a heap of opportunities as well as challenges to the competitors in the ASC sanctioned Men’s Open Division and the MBBA Body Boarding Division.

Leading the highlight reel in the Men’s Open Division were the Kuta cousin’s from Bali, Indonesia, Made “Bol” Adi Putra and last year’s Maldives Open winner Garut Widiarta.

Bol posted the highest score of the day, a 9.0 (out of a possible 10) for a massive barrel followed by two huge turns, while Garut earned an 8.33 for a perfect full rotation air in a critical inside section after decimating the wave with series of big turns and floaters.

Both surfer earned spots in the man-on-man quarterfinals that will be held tomorrow, joining fellow Indonesian’s Dede Suryana, IB Sima Rai, Raditya Rondi and Nyoman Satria, as well as South African Brad Van Der Vyer and Israel’s Yoni Klein.

Showing superb local knowledge, the barrel of the day was posted by the Maldives Surfing Association’s President Ahmed “AJ” Aznil in Round 3, locking into a gaping pit to the delight of the fans on the beach.  “It was great to be out there competing again,” said AJ.  “I haven’t surfed out here at Lohis in a long time, since it was privatized many years ago, maybe 10 or so?  So it felt really good, and to get lucky and get into a barrel like that was so much fun!”  Unfortunately AJ was eliminated in the 4th round, along with fellow Maldivians Hoodh Ahmed, Ismael "Smiley" Rasheed, Ahmed Agil, and Abdulla "Fuku" Areef.

Last year’s runner up Hussain “Iboo” Areef was not able to compete this year due to an injury, but his brother Abdulla “Fuku” Areef, President of the Maldives Body Boarding Association (MBBA), was happy to made it into Round 4.  “It was a lot of fun and I’m stoked to have been able to compete and do better than last year,” said Fuku.  “This is our second year doing the event and I’m really happy with how it is progressing, and being able to compete in it as well is just great!”

In the Body Boarding Divisions, last year’s runner up Ali Khushruwan was on fire today and posted an amazing total heat score of an almost 19.0 points out of a possible 20 in his Round 3 heat, with a 9.0 and then a 10.0!  “I’m really happy with my performance today, and have my eye on the prize tomorrow!  I was runner up last year, so I’m aiming to be the champ tomorrow for sure.  Gavin is a formidable competitor, so I know I have to do my best to take the win,” said Ali. Ali's brother Mohamed Khushruwan is the Vice President of the MBBA.

Tomorrow will see the conclusion of the Maldives Open 2015 with the finals in Men’s, Body Boards, and Women’s Divisions. The swell forecast is looking great for an exciting conclusion to the event, so stay tuned.

Tim Hain

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