Government of Karnataka Announces the 3-Day 'Karnataka Surfing Festival
The Government of Karnataka, Tourism Department in association with Mantra Surf Club, Kanara Surfing, and Water Promotion Council will be hosting the 3-day, 'Karnataka Surfing Festival- Indian Open of Surfing - 2017', India’s biggest surfing festival, which will be held from May 26 - 28, 2017, at Sasihithlu Beach, Mangaluru.
PriyankKharge, Minister, IT BT & Tourism said, 'The festival aims to promotethe beaches of the state as the premier adventure destination in the countrythat is suitable for various water based activities such as 'surfing' and'stand up paddling'. It also aims to make surfing a major sport in India,considering that India has a 5422.6 km mainland coastline.'
'Thethree-day event offer the perfect platform for water sports enthusiasts acrossall ages from India and abroad. After the success of the debut event in 2016,the Indian Open of Surfing - 2017 is set to push the surfing culturein India a step ahead.' He added.
The eventwill witness both men and women competing in nine categories - Indiansunder-14, Indians Groms under-16, Indian juniors (17 - 22), Indian seniors (22- 30), Indian master (above 30), women of all ages, open category (Indians andforeigners) and stand-up paddling (men and women).
The eventswill be judged by judges from the International Surfing Association (ISA) alongwith the Surfing federation of India.