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The Asian Surfing Championships was originally launched in 2011 by the Indonesian based surf management company called the “Asian Surf Cooperative”, to develop the skills of surfers through competition, bring media attention to formerly unfamiliar regions and aid in the advancement of surfing locally and regionally throughout Asia.

With the formation of the Asian Surfing Federation in 2019, the ASF and the Asian Surf Co, have agreed that the ASF will assume the name “Asian Surfing Championships” for all future championships, while recognising the dedicated work and effort put in by the Asian Surf Co, in past and in the present. The first ASF-run ASC was held in Shantou, China, in 2019, but the global outbreak of COVID-19 forced the suspension of all championships. Undeterred, the ASF is poised to make history once again in 2023 in the Maldives, with the full support and participation of the Asian surfing community.

The objective of ASC is to create a championship that will allow the best talents of Asia to showcase their talents and compete for glory. Furthermore, ASC is the place where the surfing communities around Asia come together to share their experience and knowledge with their counterparts, which would further enable the development and progression of surfing in Asia.

Host Island 
Thulusdhoo is a local island which could be reached from the Male’ international airport via speed boat in 20 – 25 minutes. Thulusdhoo is famous for its world class and famous surf break called “Cokes” or Randhaa Raalhugandu (local name). Cokes (shallow reef break) has two really good sections that provide consistent, if brief, shelter from the heat of the Maldivian sun. The steep takeoff on the outside section guarantees quick shade time, followed by an even wider tube on the inside due to the shallow reef. The location of the break makes Cokes consistently bigger than the nearby spots, but that benefit comes with the price of being more susceptible to the southwest wind.
K. Thulusdhoo, Maldives



  • Mens Open (6)
  • Womens Open (6)
  • Junior U18 Boys (6)
  • Junior U18 Girls (6)
    • An Under 18 competitor may not turn 19 between January 1st and December 31st of the year (from ISA Rulebook April 2022)
  • ASF Aloha Cup Men (3)
    ASF Aloha Cup Women (3)


  • Registration is free to all surfers and team officials up until 12th June
  • Late Entries 13th June to 30th June, Entry Fee 100 USD (Late Registration fee will be charged to each team athlete, managers, coaches or any other team official and will be billed to the NF)
  • All late entry fees and registrations must be submitted via the National Federation by June 30th

ALL TEAMS MUST BE APPROVED BY THEIR NATIONAL FEDERATION and all team lists must be submitted to via email. If you’re an athlete interested in competing and would like inquire about the qualification with your respective National Federation, please visit ISA Membership Directory for contact information. If you do not have a National Federation in your country or region, please contact the email address above for potential participation opportunity.

EVENT FORMAT 8 days Opening Ceremonies Pre-event Registration Max. hours of competition Surfers per Heat Number of Podiums Closing Ceremony Contest Window 1 day 2 days 56 hours 4 1 1 day

EVENT SCHEDULE AUGUST 15th - 16th Coaches & Managers meeting – 2 Delegates per country AUGUST 16th Event date Arrivals & On-Site Team Registration
AUGUST 17th - 24th AUGUST 17th 16:00pm Opening Ceremony Official Press Conference AUGUST 17th Contest Window AUGUST 18th - 24th AUGUST 24th Finals & Closing Ceremonies

ACCOMMODATION A list of affliated hotels will be provided to the registered athletes
Accommodation prices range from USD 80 to USD 130 per room, per day.

Team will not be allowed to compete in it has any outstanding dues payable to the organizing committee. Contact to verify outstanding account balances.


Dive into the ultimate surfing paradise in the Maldives. Immerse yourself in turquoise waters, ride world-class breaks, and carve through crystal-clear barrels. With palm-fringed islands as your backdrop, feel the exhilarating rush of each wave as it propels you into a state of pure bliss. Beyond the surf, embrace the warm-hearted locals, savor mouthwatering cuisine, and bask in the stunning beauty of this tropical haven. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a curious beginner, the Maldives offers an unforgettable surfing experience that will leave you captivated and craving more. Get ready to ride the waves of paradise!


Safety is paramount, providing a worry-free environment for surfers of all levels. Our team of highly skilled and certified lifeguards are present throughout the event, keeping a watchful eye on the waves and ready to assist whenever needed. We have implemented strict safety protocols, including thorough equipment checks, detailed weather monitoring, and clear communication channels, to ensure that all participants are well-prepared and informed. With safety as our top priority, you can focus on catching the perfect wave and enjoying an unforgettable surfing experience.

Additional Support Policies

The ASF with the support of the Government of the Maldives is offering some support packages to the participating countries. NF’s should directly contact the ASF to inquire about the package details at

The National Federation should apply by the names of surfers via and we will respond within 72 hours after receiving the application.

  • All participating athletes must purchase a valid accident insurance with an insured amount no less than USD $200,000.00.
  • All athletes must bring their own equipment.
  • Shortboard Requirements: See ISA Rulebook
  • Drug testing will follow the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines and will be conducted by the Maldives National Anti-Doping Agency during the final day of competition. All finalists plus three (3) random tests will be conducted.
  • If an athlete is required to take medication to treat an illness or a condition which happens to fall under the Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) may give that athlete the authorization to take the needed medicine. Please contact us to submit all TUEs at least 20 days prior to the start of the competition.
  • For more information on the Anti-Doping Policy, and to view WADA’s 2021 List of Prohibited Substances please visit:
  • At the time registering to the event, the athlete automatically agrees to give the organizing committee and Asian Surfing Federation permanent rights: for any of the dynamic pictures still pictures and live, recorded or video film and other derivatives taken during the event, the athlete in in the notice of the above activities mentioned without compensation.

The Government of the Maldives offers on arrival visa for all nationalities, so it is not necessary to pre-arrange for the visa. The Maldives visa on arrival is valid for 30 days. To get the visa, you need to have the following documents ready to show at the immigration counter.

  • Confirmed return tickets to fly from the Maldives
  • Valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival
  • Confirmed hotel booking in the Maldives.
  • The nearest airport to the venue: Velana International Airport (MLE)
  • Airport pick-up service from the VELANA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to the venue (travel via a speed boat) will be arranged by the organizing committee, please submit your flight information at least 7 days prior to your departure.
  • All the hotels in Thulusdhoo, Maldives is no far than 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the surf break (Cokes)
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