Malmö invites the Ryanair mix-up victim surfer back
Wednesday, 04. July 2012, 19:36
Tourist officials in southern Sweden have invited a 19-year-old professional surfer back on a free trip to Malmö after he accidentally visited last week due to a Ryanair ticketing foul-up.
The officials from Tourism in Skåne contacted Toby
Donachie after reading about his adventure last week, where a ticket mishap saw
him in Malmö instead of at a surfing camp in Biarritz, southern France after
boarding a Ryainair flight in England.
The pro surfer somehow managed to pass through two
security checks with the wrong ticket, realizing he was en route to Sweden as
cabin crew announced the plane was flying over Denmark.
Representatives from the tourism company were initially
surprised to read about the mishap, but soon found a way to rectify the
“Toby seems like a pretty spontaneous guy, so we thought
we’d invite him back here for a chance to see our surfing culture first hand,”
Heléne Östberg of Tourism in Skåne told The Local.
“Everything we read about the story mentioned that we
don’t have any waves down here, but we do! We have great waves.”
The invitation includes all flights, food, and
accommodation (at “a very nice hotel in Skåne's north-west”) – and according to
Östberg - the chance to surf off the coast of Sweden.
Donachie was so surprised at the invitation that he
spilled tea all over his laptop in tears of laughter, quickly and graciously
accepting the invitation via the social media network Twitter.
While it’s not every day that a flight mix-up makes
international news, Donachie is already looking forward to the trip, telling
The Local it was a “privilege” to get the invite.
“I know very little about surfing in Malmö: I’d previously
said in interviews that there were no waves, and obviously there are – and the
guys at Tourism in Skåne are ready to prove it to me! I’m very much looking
forward to it!”
Despite admittedly knowing “very little” about Sweden, the
19-year-old is especially keen to surf some Scandinavian waves.
“I’m so happy that this mistake has happened because I
probably wouldn’t have been given the opportunity to visit Sweden otherwise,”
Donachie told The Local.
“I’d really like to come over on a swell so I can really
test out the waves.”
Meanwhile, in a story full of surprises, preparation is
key for the second chapter.
When asked for the plan of attack if Donachie’s plane
lands somewhere besides Malmö, Östberg laughs.
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