The ideal surfing destination this summer may just be in the Maldives, at Six Senses Laamu. Building on its already-thriving surf culture, the luxury resort will be partnering with Australian-based surf company Tropicsurf, which has been operating internationally for over 30 years and includes a roster of 50 specialists coaches in nine different countries.
Tropicsurf is positioned as the masters of high-end surfing, asserting that everyone can safely enjoy the thrill of the sport, regardless of age or experience. Tropicsurf has combed the planet to present surfers with an intimate selection of the world’s leading surfing resorts – a collection of acclaimed five-star properties selected due to their proximity to quality breaks that cater to a broad range of abilities.
Both Tropicsurf and Six Senses Laamu share a common vision: reconnecting people with themselves, others and the world around them, while delivering out-of-the-ordinary guest experiences. Professional guides provide an expert smiling face upon arrival dedicated to delivering surfing triumphs.
In keeping with Six Senses’ widely recognisd commitment to sustainability and obligation to the environment, Tropicsurf will extend its collaboration with Firewire surfboards and exclusively supply eco-friendly Timbertek boards to guests. Firewire remains the only global surfboard production to carry the “Sustainable Surf Ecoboard” certification and is headed up by 11-time world-champion surfer Kelly Slater.
“A partnership with Tropicsurf feels like a natural progression for a resort already preferred by an enthusiastic faction of annual surfers,” says Marteyne van Well, general manager of Six Senses Laamu. “Those in the know have been surfing with us for years. Not just the pros, but families and first timers who have come to enjoy our privacy, nature and connect with the ocean. You can’t come to the Maldives and not try surfing. Partnering with Tropicsurf will enable us to extend our current programme and offer more bespoke experiences commensurate with each guest’s ability and surfing appetite.”
The only resort in the Laamu Atoll, Six Senses Laamu offers its surfing guests the chance to almost exclusively enjoy the surrounding surf breaks. One of these is the Yin Yang, a renowned surf break in the Maldives which is just a five-minute boat ride away. For those who want to discover the surfing experience a beginner’s break is just off the shore.
“Tropicsurf has a long and proud association with the Maldives, having been guiding surfers through Laamu and to Yin Yang since 1988,” explains Mark Winson, the company’s general manager. “Without a doubt the area is a surfer’s paradise. There are so many waves to choose from. Add to that the seclusion of Six Senses Laamu as the only resort on the atoll, plus expert guiding, and you have a quintessential Maldives surfing experience in the making.”
Continue the surfing holiday in Fiji, where Tropicsurf will also be operating a purpose-built state-of-the-art surf centre at Six Senses Fiji, which is scheduled to open later this year. The surf centre will be positioned for strike missions to waves such as Cloudbreak, Restaurants and Wilkes.