Mark Occhilupo: blasting the Maldives

Mark Occhilupo, Tom Curren and Martin Potter will be surfing together at the 2012 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, at Kuda Huraa.

"I’m absolutely looking forward to competing against those two. I know they will be training for it. I surfed against Pottz at Snapper in a exhibition heat and he was on fire and Curren is always brilliant", says Occy.

In the inaugural 2011 edition of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, the former world champion won all four divisions. Now, Occhilupo is looking forward to get back on the ASP World Tour and it's not inconceivable that the powerful goofy footer could rejoin the elite ranks in 2013.

"After Margaret River, I went to Trestles not expecting a result, it was more of a stopover on the way to Brazil but it happened", adds Occhilupo.

Tom Curren is also stoked to surf in the Maldives. Three-time world champion, true soul surfer, retro aficionado and all-round enigma, Curren is one of Kelly Slater’s only surf idols. In the 1985-86 season, in one of the greatest heats ever, he defeated nemesis Occhilupo at Bells Beach to clinch his first world crown.

"This is the kind of trip I've been wanting to do for a long time!” Curren tells. "Surfing with Occy and Pottz, and staying at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, it's like a dream come true."

English-born and South African-raised Martin Potter set competitive surfing alight when he made the finals of two major events aged just 15 years old. One of the pioneers of tow-in surfing, Pottz was also renowned for his competition aerial moves, 360s and inventive "rock-n-roll" manoeuvres.

In the late ‘80s he was widely regarded as the best freesurfer on the planet – an accolade he cemented by becoming ASP World Champion in 1989.

"I love the concept. It already sounds like the highlight trip of the year!", he says about the upcoming 2012 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, which will be contested from August 27th to September 2nd.