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Covelong Point Surf & Music Fest will return

India hosts 2nd Covelong Point Surf & Music Fest
Organizers of Covelong Point Surf & Music Fest





Culture Updates 

The festival will feature a documentary about India's first female surfer 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 September, 2014 - TT Logistics and EarthSync in association with the Surfing Federation of India and The Times Of India presents the second annual Covelong Point Surf and Music Festival this September 12th - 14th , 2014 in Covelong village near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The festival will feature a national level surf competition, surf workshops, a music festival, various beach side activities and celebrity guest appearances by Jonty Rhodes and Milind Somand amongst others.

Surfing The Southern Coast
Following the success of the Covelong Point social project – an EarthSync documentary on the rise of surf culture in Covelong and the use of surfing as a catalyst for positive change in the tsunami afflicted South Indian village – TT Logistics and EarthSync tied up with the Surfing Federation of India - the national governing body for surfing in India, created by a group of passionate surfers from the Mantra Surf Club - and together, they created the Covelong Point Surf and Music Festival. Various celebrities have supported the cause over the years – the past edition of the festival saw cricketing legend Jonty Rhodes making an appearance, and also hitting the waves to surf with the competitors. This year Rhodes along with renowned musician TM Krishna will be making another appearance at the official festival Press Conference on September 8th at 12:00 pm at The Park Chennai. Jonty Rhodes will also go surfing in the village that morning at 7am.

Surfing For Change
As India’s first surfing village, the district of Covelong (Chennai) has fast become a mecca for surfers from all around the world. The village has produced over 40 talented surfers within a short span of time, and is developing a unique surf culture that continues to flourish amidst the colourful splendour of coastal South India. The festival runs over three days – September 12th – 14th - and will feature a national level surf contest with surfers from all around India, reputed surfers from Maldives, and from all around the world competing in various categories – which will include Groms (under 16), Juniors (17 – 22), Seniors (23 – 28), Masters (over 28), Women, (all ages), and the Open Category (Foreigners). 150 contestants are expected for the competition. The entire festival is recognized and supported by the International Surfing Association. 

The surf documentary Beyond The Surface about Ishita Malaviya – India’s first female surfer – will also be screened, and a series of surf workshops will be conducted. 

The festival has partnered with the Surfing Federation of India and The Times of India, with hospitality partners Taj Vivanta and The Park Chennai, and online media partner The Outdoor Journal – India’s only extreme sports publication. Sponsors and other partners include TT Logistics & Cargo (TTL), MRF, Indo National Ltd (NIPPO), LMW, Radiance Realty, MIOT Hospitals, Eva Deo, Skore Condoms, adventure partner Woodland, Boards for Billions, SAE, Parry Agro, Sundaram Finance, Lanson Toyota, City Union Bank Ltd., Chennai Live 104.8 FM, Kingfisher, Dusk To Dawn, Rip Curl, Wild Water, TTK, Clementine Studio, and IndiEarth. The chief guest will be N. Ramachandran – president of the Indian Olympic Association. The ultimate aim of the festival is to use surfing as a catalyst for rehabilitation and community development in Covelong, and also as a means to spread awareness on the issues faced by the village. The festival also encourages economic growth in the village community by encouraging tourism and business opportunities for local vendors.

September 8th – 7:30am – Cricketing legend Jonty Rhodes - Surfing Ambassador for surfing in India representing Surfing Federation of India – surfs with the community in Covelong village.

September 8th – 12pm - Press Conference and lunch at The Park Chennai 
with cricketer Jonty Rhodes, musician TM Krishna, Arun Vasu (Chairman/MD – TT Group), Yotam Agam (EarthSync), Rammohan Paranjape (VP – Surfing Federation of India), Murthy Megavan (Co-Founder, Covelong Point Social Surfing School), Ben Farr-Wharton (Founder - Boards for Billions) (only open to press, not to general public).

September 8th, 9th, 10th - Australian based NGO Boards for Billions will be conducting workshops on Board Shaping, Surf Tourism, Business Skills, Recycling, Beach Care, and a Filming/Editing workshop – workshops that are open to the public.

September 9th, 10th – beach clean ups at Covelong beach to raise awareness on beach sanitation in the village *September 11th - MIOT Hospital will conduct free health check ups for the children of the village *September 12th – Celebrity run organized by runner Neville Bilimoria starting at 5:30am with Milind Somand to kick start the event. Milind Somand and Sylendra Babu – Additional Director General of Police of the Coastal Security Group.  

TTK Hospital will conduct educational camps on drug and alcohol abuse and awareness.   Music With A Mission In addition to the surf competition, the event will also feature performances by renowned musicians from different corners of India and around the world. The musical line up spans a wide variety of genres, with a focus also being placed on promoting local folk musicians of Tamil Nadu and different parts of India. The musical line up includes mandolin maestros Padmashri U. Srinivas and U. Rajesh (Chennai), Carnatic musician TM Krishna (Chennai), folk rock act The Raghu Dixit Project (Bangalore), reggae artists Delhi Sultanate & Begum X (Delhi), singer songwriter Nischay Parekh and percussionist Jivraj Singh (Kolkata), Mauritian blues troupe Tritonik (Mauritius), folk master The Kutle Khan Project (Rajasthan), down tempo electronica duo Klypp (Bangalore), fusion duo Filter Coffee (Mumbai). 

Beach Side Festivities 
There will also be beach side activities happening throughout the day - including yoga and meditation classes, a skateboard ramp, food and drink stalls, and volleyball matches happening each day between 3pm – 5:30pm with 8 teams participating (including two teams from Covelong). There will also be a participatory art installation called Let Go by Mumbai based artist Shreya Naik, and catamaran races with cash prizes for the winners.

Nirupama Belliappa

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