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Youri Zoon at COMO Cocoa Island

01 January, 2023

Enjoy guided kitesurfing in Maldives at COMO Cocoa Island with resort's resident, world champion, Youri Zoon. From May 1st to 31st 2023, pick up speed, tricks and airtime with his expert guidance and take your kitesurfing to the next level — or learn the basics with a beginner session.

Arrange activities with Zoon at your leisure, with plenty of time to make the most of our private island comforts, from massage treatments overlooking the ocean to sandbank dinners under the stars and more.

Youri Zoon at COMO Cocoa Island


BEGINNERS: Private introductory session – US$130 per hour
Package of three sessions (four hours each) – US$1,296

ADVANCED: Private session – US$150 per hour. Package of three sessions (four hours each) – US$1,620; Private half-day excursion and picnic – US$600

About host: “To be able to share my passion for kitesurfing with someone and see them land a new trick at the end of the day puts a big smile on my face.”

Youri Zoon has been active since young, whether climbing trees, jumping BMX bikes, skateboarding, sailing or windsurfing – where he first felt the thrill of wind propulsion. At 13, Zoon saw kiteboarders on the beach and felt like it was the perfect combination of all the sports he had done so far. He started kitesurfing that same year and hasn’t looked back since. 

In his first year of kitesurfing, Zoon won the Junior European Championships and the Dutch Nationals. Following this, he set his sights on the World title. After a long road including multiple injuries, Zoon won in 2011 and again in 2012. 

Over the years, many people asked Zoon for tips on how to progress in kitesurfing and Zoon found that he enjoyed coaching very much. After 15 years of competing, Youri decided to focus on teaching which he still does today, remaining active as ever on the water.

COMO Cocoa Island is an understated private island resort in the Maldives, with 33 overwater villas allowing you to slip from your balcony into the turquoise lagoon to explore the sealife-rich house reef. Expect a stroll on silk-soft sand, snorkel in a world of colourful marine life and simply relax, whether that’s on a massage table or on a daybed staring out at the hypnotic azure ocean.

Feel the mind clear as distractions slip away in the peace of our intimate private island in the Maldives – the ultimate gift to yourself.

Stay as a family in overwater villas, enjoy excellent diving and pamper yourself with COMO Shambhala wellness treatments when you have a moment to relax.

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COMO Resorts in Maldives

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COMO Hotels runs two resorts in Maldives: COMO Maalifushi and COMO Cocoa Island.

COMO Maalifushi is the only resort in the pristine Thaa atoll — a 60-minute seaplane journey from the Maldives main international airport. A beautiful jewel in a pristine corner of the Maldives, the magnificent Como Maalifushi is a state-of-the-art resort built for sun, spa and diving enthusiasts. COMO Maalifushi, the first resort to open on Thaa atoll with overwater villas and garden suites, is the ideal destination for families, couples, surfers and divers.

COMO Cocoa Island in Maldives is an unforgettable experience on a tropical island in its purest form. Located 40 minutes by speedboat from Malé Airport, Cocoa offers a discreet luxury at its finest in private Boathouse Water Villas with stunning lagoon views, perfect beach, amazing diving and snorkeling in the warm waters of a house reef, simple but excellent food and a holistic Como Shambhala spa.

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