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India's first ever surfing contest @ Kovalam Beach

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    Kovalam Beach - Trivandrum, Kerala

    The first official surfing competition in India will take place at Kovalam Beach, Kerala, between May 3rd-5th.


    The Spice Coast Open 2013 is India's inaugural surf contest. The important event will take place in Kerala, a region with some of the best beaches in the country. More than 150 surfers are expected to compete.

    Kovalam Beach, with its golden sands and vast stretch of water, is one of the best surf spots in India. Around May, just before the onset of monsoons, surfing gets very special conditions.

    The Spice Coast Open 2013 is being held by the Surfing Federation of India and will feature surfing and standup paddleboarding competitions.

    The event will have ISA judges and ranking system will be introduced for the first time in the largest democracy of the planet. Also, workshops and introductory classes are planned.

    The Surfing Federation of India was established in 2011 by a group of Indian surfers from the Mantra Surf Club. The country offers an impressive 7000 kilometers (4349 miles) of coastline and waves to be explored.

    India's first ever surf contest set for Kovalam Beach
     
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    Kovalam all set to host surfing competition

    Excitement is mounting at the famed tourist destination of Kovalam as it gets ready to host the first ever surfing and stand-up paddle competition to be held over three days starting Friday. The event has been named as the Spice Coast Open.

    Deepti Jha, media and marketing head, Surfing Federation of India (SFI) told IANS that they decided to hold the first ever competition in Kovalam because this is one destination where it all began.

    "This has been a favourite destination for foreign tourists who first surfed in the waters of Kovalam. Hence we decided that this would be the place to have our first competition," said Jha.

    Former South African cricketer and world's best fielder Jhonty Rhodes will be inaugurating the competition at the Kovalam beach.

    "Rhodes is our brand ambassador and an avid surfer and we thought it fit that he should inaugurate. We expect that he would show his surfing skills also," remarked Jha.

    In all, around 100 participants have registered for the event and it includes 20 foreign nationals and also six women.

    "A group of four surfers will compete at one time and one round or heat would extend for 15 minutes. The judges who have international experience come from Thailand. The event is being held in four categories and in two sections," added Jha.

    The conventional surfing board is around five to six feet long and those who compete in the stand up paddle competition use a surfing board which is bigger, thicker, heavier and longer and is around eight feet long.

    Kovalam all set to host surfing competition | Business Standard
     
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    Seems it's Kovalam Beach for me @ evening :mrgreen:
     
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    South African cricketing star Jonty Rhodes inaugurates surfing competition

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    Trivandrum: He's known for his aerial stunts on the cricket field but Jonty Rhodes tells us 'gliding on the waves with a surf board is a different ball game.'

    The brand ambassador of Surfing in India, South African cricketer says, "the happiest moment while surfing is when you come out of the water alive. The sea is mighty, it needs to be respected."

    Inaugurating the country's first national surfing competition in Kerala's Kovalam beach, Jonty was seen enjoying surfing along with the rest of the participants. With nearly 100 participants including 20 international representatives, he says, "Surfing is about awareness and is a lifestyle. These people here are the pioneers for the sport in India. Being a pioneer is never easy. I would like to support their growth."

    The event organised by the Surfing Federation of India (SFI), it is the governing body for surfing in India and recognised by the International Surfing Association.

    The President, Kishore Kumar and Vice- President Rammohan Paranjape, both in their mid-20s and surfing enthusiasts themselves say, "their aim is to see a Team India for surfing. But we still are awaiting the recognition and support from the government," says Mr Kumar who's been a surfer since 13 years.

    Harsha a regular surfer from Bangalore says he has been looking forward to this event since a long time and it's fantastic to have so many surfers at one place. Hopefully, With Jonty Rhodes now part of it, there will be more cricket fans taking to this sport. Ishina Sharma, a surfer from Mumbai says surfing is going to be big in India and many women are likely to join in the groove. The finals of the event is scheduled for Sunday.

    With Jonty Rhodes as ambassador, hopes for surfing in India | NDTV.com
     
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    A shot in the arm for recreational tourism

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    South African cricket legend Jonty Rhodes who inaugurated a national Surfing and Stand-up Paddle competition, Spice Coast Open, on the Kovalam beach on his surfing board on Friday

    Kerala Tourism has started benefiting from surfing and wave riding, now a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide.

    The country’s first ever national three-day Surfing and Stand up Paddle competition that commenced in Kovalam on Friday is a shot in arm for Kerala Tourism’s effort over the years to tap the huge potential for recreational tourism.

    Over 100 surfers from within the country and abroad are taking part in the competition and the event has been billed as a great way to commence Surf tourism.

    Tourists arriving at the famed beach resort over the last two years had been looking forward to surfing, wave riding, scuba diving, snorkelling, boating and water skiing.

    Artificial reef

    The host of water sports had been made possible with commissioning of a multipurpose artificial soft reef off the Light House. Installed between the Light House and the Edakkal rocks, the reef has protected the eroding coast and had made Kovalam a round-the-year surfing destination. Since then, the reef had been able to stabilise the beaches and make them wider by eliminating the wave power offshore. Tourists are also getting sheltered swimming.

    The Rs.7.8-crore project, funded under the Centre’s tsunami rehabilitation programme, was executed by the New-Zealand-based Artificial Surfing Reef Ltd. through the Department of Harbour Engineering for Kerala Tourism.

    “The reef has achieved all its goals of enhancing coastal ecology, recreational benefit and introducing water sporting activity,” Joseph Mathew, Coastal Scientist, associated with the design of the artificial reef, told The Hindu.

    Visa on arrival

    With Tourist Visa on Arrival soon to be launched at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, the tourism authorities are hoping to prevent the movement of surfers from Kovalam to adjoining Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Besides, Kovalam will get free publicity and the tourism authorities can now market it as a surfing destination around the world.

    A shot in the arm for recreational tourism - The Hindu
     
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    Supportive wave for surfers at Kovalam

    The second day of the Spice Coast Open National Surfing and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) competition saw a huge turnout of spectators for the preliminary rounds held across a number of categories. Being a Saturday, visitors comprised large number of school and college students.

    Semifinals of the groms (under 16), local junior (under 21) categories were held on the second day. National and international surfers took to the water in the open categories. The finals of all events will take place on Sunday. Winners in all categories will be announced and presented trophies and cash awards on Sunday.

    "Today was a great day to surf. The weather was fantastic and the waves were good. All of our participants had a great time out in the sea and the competition was tight," said Kishore Kumar, president of Mangalore-based SFI. There were disappointing moments on the first day as wave and wind didn't favour the contestants much.

    Spice Coast Open is India's first official national competitive event for the sport and was inaugurated at Kovalam by former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes on Friday. It is being organized by the Surfing Federation of India (SFI), a body recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA), with the support of the state department of tourism.

    Deepti Jha, media & marketing head of the federation, said it was very encouraging to see such a big turnout of spectators, including foreign tourists, for the event. "This is a great endorsement for surfing in India. We hope to see the sport catch on among youngsters and become a great supporter of the tourism industry as well."

    Supportive wave for surfers at Kovalam - The Times of India
     
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    Damn!!! That is good....:treadmill:
     
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