Six Senses Laamu partners with leading surf pioneer Tropicsurf
Starting in August, Six Senses Laamu will build on its already thriving surf culture by partnering with Tropicsurf. This Australian-based surf company has been operating internationally for over 30 years and has built a roster of 50 specialist coaches stationed in nine different countries.
Tropicsurf is positioned as the masters of high-end surfing. Regardless of age, experience or competency, Tropicsurf asserts that everybody can enjoy surfing’s ultimate thrills in safety, comfort and style. Over the course of 30 years Tropicsurf has combed the planet to present surfers with an intimate selection of the world’s leading surfing resorts. These are all acclaimed five-star properties operated by the best hotel brands in the world, each selected because of its proximity to quality breaks that cater for 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 and at the same time delivering out-of-the-ordinary guest experiences. Tropicsurf locations are chosen because they offer appealing activities that the whole family can enjoy. With professional guides based on properties around the world, year-round, it is assured there’s an expert smiling face upon arrival dedicated to delivering surfing triumphs.
In keeping with Six Senses widely recognised 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, GM 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.”
Six Senses Laamu, being the only resort in the atoll, offers the chance to its surfing guests to almost exclusively enjoy the surrounding surf breaks. One of these breaks 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 GM. “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.”
Tropicsurf will also be operating a purpose-built state-of-the-art surf centre at Six Senses Fiji, which is scheduled to open in late 2017. The surf centre will be perfectly positioned for strike missions to waves such as Cloudbreak, Restaurants, Wilkes and many more five-star breaks.