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National surfing competition 'Rannamaari Challenge' concludes

Ahmed Aiham
09 December 2019, MVT 09:55
Hussain Areef (Iboo) (C- YELLOW) places first on the podium, defending his title and securing his 7th National Surfing Championship. PHOTO: MALDIVES SURFING ASSOCIATION
Ahmed Aiham
09 December 2019, MVT 09:55

The national surfing competition 'Rannamaari Challenge' organized by Maldives Surfing Association (MSA) concluded on Saturday, at wavebreak 'Raalhugandu' in capital city Male'.

Winners were crowned in the categories Men's Open, Masters and Juniors.

The categories Master and Junior were introduced specially curated for athletes over the age of 40 and athletes below the age of 18, respectively.

With the registration of 60 surfers, the event was one of MSA's most diverse competitions held to date, where surfers from across the archipelago took part in the contest, including athletes from Gaafu Dhaalu, Meemu, Lhaviyani, Kaafu, Raa and Baa Atoll.

Besides added inclusivity among competitors, the event saw participation from various junior athletes, the youngest being 14-year-old Mohamed Zayan Ismail (Choppu).

The competition saw waves in the 2-4 foot range and overrall choppy conditions with strong offshore winds.

Men's Open

- Hussain Areef (Iboo): 1st

- Ahmed Agil (Ammaday): 2nd

- Hamd Abdul Hadhi (Shabulho): 3rd

- Ismail Rasheed (Smiley): 4th

Masters

- Azlee Naseem: 1st

- Ahmed Midhsham (Kuda Ahammadhu): 2nd

- Yoosub (Yoobe): 3rd

- Kelly: 4th

Juniors

- Ahmed Anoof :1st

- Aiham: 2nd

- Haisham: 3rd

- Ameer: 4th

In May, MSA hosted the 'Raalhu Season Opening' competition at Raalhugandu. It followed an approximate 5-year hiatus in contests hosted by the association, and further expanded to include bodyboarding in its categories. This season-opening was subsequently followed by the 'The Trials' in June.

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