AirAsia and Australia’s leading surfing bodies recently announced a joint partnership that will see the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier become Surfing’s Official Airline Partner in Australia.
Announced on the Southern Gold Coast alongside the World Surfing League’s (WSL) Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast event with pro surfers Connor O’Leary and Paige Hareb, the deal between Surfing Australia, State territories and the WSL’s Australian professional series would encourage Australians to adventure beyond their own backyard and explore the hottest surf spots of Asia.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Aquatic activities such as surfing are part of what makes Australia a special place to live and visit, and we are delighted to form such a strong partnership with the Australian surfing community.
“More than 200 of the world’s best surf breaks can be found in our network within easy reach of Australia, in countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, the Maldives, Japan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
“With over 130 destinations across Asia Pacific and our exceptional service, we are confident Australian’s will have no trouble finding the perfect set to call their own.”
Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said, “Waves of Australians have been packing their boards and jetting off on surfing holidays to parts of Asia for many years.
“Surfing Australia and our state surfing bodies are extremely excited about the program of work we have planned with AirAsia and delighted to have them on-board as the Official Airline Partner in Australia.”
World Surfing League CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said, “WSL fans can expect to see some wonderful additions to our Australian series including the awarding of the AirAsia Big Air© at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach and Margaret River Pro in Perth.
“I’m genuinely excited about the additions to the program and more importantly the engagement of our fans as part of this partnership – the WSL welcomes AirAsia to our surfing family.”
To celebrate, the airline has launched its Surfs Up, Fares down sale alongside a special offer that will allow Surfers to pack and travel with their surfboard free of charge to selected destinations on the AirAsia network.
AirAsia pioneered long-haul low-cost travel to and from Australia in November 2007 when the first AirAsia X aircraft touched down on the Gold Coast. Since then, AirAsia has carried more than 6.2 million Australian guests on its global network.