In response to public outcry over high surfboard carriage charges, the national carrier Maldivian has announced significant reductions in its fees. The airline revealed that fees for large surfboards will see a 33% reduction, while charges for small surfboards will be slashed by 66%. A large surfboard is defined as 86 inches in length, 24 inches in width, and between 6-10 inches thick. Small surfboards maintain the same length and width but must not exceed 5 inches in thickness.

This decision followed a complaint made to President Dr Mohamed Muizzu by a resident of Gadhdhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Ahmed Rasheed, during the ‘Raeesge Javaabu’ Q&A session. Rasheed highlighted the prohibitive cost of transporting surfboards to the Maldives, which could reach up to US$800 for tourists, significantly affecting the number of visitors to the popular surfing destination.

Acknowledging the concern, President Muizzu pledged to address the issue, leading to the airline’s swift action. The adjustments in surfboard carriage fees are aimed at enhancing the accessibility of Maldivian surf spots, such as the renowned Tiger Stripes point in Gadhdhoo, to both domestic and international surf enthusiasts.