Mar 27, 2009
Ibu 1st place in Hikkaduwa contest
Hussain Areef (Ibu) took first place in the invitational surfing competition held in Sri Lanka to commemorate the their National Day early February.
Eight Maldivian surfers competed in the competition. In addition to Maldivians, altogether 30 surfers from Sri Lanka, India, Japan, South Africa, Italy, France and Australia took part in the competition. A Sri Lankan surfer also managed to secure equal points with Ibu and secure a joint win.
Ibu, 29, who has been surfing for 15 years, said that it was a huge win for him after having represented Maldives on the invitation of the Sri Lankan Surfing Association. Ibu had earlier won first place in a competition held in Thailand.
The Maldivian National team that took part in the competition was sponsored by former Sports Minister Mohamed Waheed-din.