Dorian Lifts Surfing Champions Trophy 2015
In a nail-biting Grand Final at Sultan’s Point on August 9, 2015, big-wave rider Shane Dorian (USA) pipped last year’s champion, Dave Rastovich (AUS), to claim the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 2015 title and secure himself a spot in the 2016 three-discipline event.
It culminated in a week of incredible surfing by the sport’s elite, which also included Brazilian powerhouse Neco Padaratz, Australian longboard world champion Harley Ingleby, hard-charging Peruvian Sofía Mulánovich and American big-wave legend Brad Gerlach.
En route to the final, Dorian secured first place in the twin and thruster divisions, as well as third place in the single fin division against his five fellow world champion competitors. He also had the highest single wave score – a 10, the first in Champions Trophy history – and the highest heat total, a 19.60 (out of a possible 20). Riding on their board of choice, the final competitors went down to the wire, with defending champion, Rasta, trailing by just 0.44 in the closing minutes. All in all, the event brought magic surfing conditions and unbeatable camaraderie for the competitors, not to mention a world-class setting.
Commenting on the event, Dorian said, “Surfing with all these guys in the Maldives has just been a really incredible experience. The different divisions were so good; I never knew I could have so much fun riding a twin fin, let alone win a heat against Rasta on one. The waves were so dreamy. It's been such an amazing event.”
Hailing from Kona, Hawaii, Dorian is one of the world’s best big-wave surfers. He began surfing at the age of 5, turned pro at 17 and steadily climbed the world ranks, reaching his career best, number four, in 2000. Carving his own surfing style – raised-chin, down-turned hands, splayed fingers – Dorian was considered one of the best all-arounders when he retired from the tour in 2003. Far from quitting surfing, the ever-fearless tube rider shifted his focus to big-wave surfing, winning six Billabong XXL big-wave awards between 2005 and 2013 and achieving the ultimate kudos for the near impossible: slaying a world-record-setting 57-footer at Jaws, Maui’s monster break, in 2011.
Don’t miss the opportunity to watch Dorian defend his title at this year’s Surfing Champions Trophy at Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa from August 8 to 14, 2016.