June 6, 2008: – – A magnificent field of 200 elite surfing professionals from all over the world are in the magnificent Maldives for the ASP six star prime rated World Qualifying Series SriLankan Airlines Pro which officially begins this Monday at Pasta Point. The field is headed this year by current World Tour surfer Michael Campbell (AUS), a past finalist at this event and one of the most feared competitors on tour.
The super fit, powerful and supreme surf tactician is eager to taste some of the Maldivian delights in the coming week. “I love the Maldives. The surfs pumps every year for this event, the water is unbelievably warm and the atmosphere is just awesome. I can’t wait to jump in for my first warm up surf – crystal clear water, incredibly long peeling left point waves and 29 degree water temperatures – it’s as good as it gets!”
Talk about contrasts in the world of professional surfing – The ASP World Qualifying Series has just come off an amazing 6 star prime event in Scotland where water temperatures are the coldest on tour at 6 degrees, and now, like jumping from an icy pool to a Sauna, the surfers can look forward to luxury in and out of the water which includes exquisite Maldivian cuisine and exotic life in the tropics.
It all sounds too good, and it almost would be except these surfers are chasing serious points, prize money and status at the mid way point on the all important ASP Qualifying Series. Put simply, being a six star prime rated event, as high as it gets on the star ratings, the surfers need to do really well here to maximize their chances on this tour.
Surfers like Sunny Garcia (HAW), Shaun Cansdell (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Royden Bryson (ZAF) along with many others will be desperately seeking finals results in the Maldives in their quest to finish in the top ten on the 2008 ASP World Qualifying Series ratings.
Pasta Point is located on beautiful Chaaya Island, Dhonveli in the exotic Maldives. The 6 Star Prime Rated SriLankan Airlines Pro is a key event in the ASP World Tour offering bonus in ratings points as one of the limited Prime Rated events conducted around the globe, the SriLankan Airlines Pro is a focus point on the tour for the elite of the ASP WQS tour members.
Follow the SriLankan Airlines Pro live via a superb high quality webcast beginning 9th June 2008. Live vision, commentary, scores, high quality digital images, daily video highlight clips and press releases updated throughout the event.
The SriLankan Airlines Pro prides itself on being an ASP 6 star Prime Rated event, regarded by many as the World’s Premier ASP World Qualifying Series Events held in possibly the hottest waters on the ASP Tour. The Maldives presents SriLankan Airlines Pro is proudly sponsored by SriLankan Airlines, Maldives Tourism and Promotions Board, Dhiraagu, Chaaya Island, Bank of Maldives, Inner Maldives Holidays Atoll Travel and Atoll Adventures.