Maldives Surfing Association (MSA) announced 'Gadhdhoo Pro' in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, the first nationally-ranked surfing competition outside the greater Male' region.
Held at Gadhdhoo's pristine left-hander 'Tiger Stripes' from February 21 to 27, MSA will incorporate the first open category for women surfers in a national competition.
According to MSA, the competition held in the southern island of Gadhdhoo is the first of its four national surfing "tour" contests that will be held throughout the year, split into the three regions 'North', 'Central' and 'South'.
The current third and fifth-ranked surfers, Ismail Rasheed (Smiley) and Hoodh Ahmed, hail from Gadhdhoo.
- Men's Open
- Women's Open
- Junior (Under 18)
The southern atoll of Gaafu Dhaalu is famous for some of the finest and heaviest waves Maldives has to offer. These highly sought after waves include 'Blue Bowls', 'Beacons', 'Love Charms', 'Antiques', ' Five Islands', 'Castaways' and 'Two Ways' as well as a variety of "secret" waves.
In December 2019, MSA hosted the 'Rannamaari Challenge' at famed wave break 'Raalhugandu' in capital city Male'. The association began hosting competitions following an approximate 5-year hiatus.