In honor of the new partnership between WSL and AirAsia, airline CEO Tony Fernandes has made the decision to eliminate costly board bag fees, which can range anywhere from $50 - $300 USD depending on the airline.

Gold Coast Surfers are now encouraged to travel with their boards on the Australian leg of the 2018 season. - WSL

From March 18 to May 12, passengers on AirAisa can use the promo code FREESURF at checkout to avoid the fees.

"Australia has always been a special place for us," Fernandes said during a press conference. When we first started the airline 10 years ago, our first route was to the Gold Coast. So we're supporting all the events at every level in Australia. The fee is waived for all surfers, not just professionals."

Routes that qualify include:

From Melbourne / Gold Coast / Sydney to: Colombo - Sri Lanka, Bali (Denpasar) - Indonesia, Phuket - Thailand, Taipei - China, Male - Maldives

From Perth to: Colombo - Sri Lanka, Lombok - Indonesia, Phuket - Thailand, Taipei - China, Male - Maldives

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Surfing Australia's Andrew Stark has been working on the partnership with the WSL.

"The plans to cut baggage fees is a big deal to surfers," Stark said. "Australians have been packing their boards and jetting off on surfing holidays to parts of Asia for years."

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