India Surf Festival
Surfers set to converge on India Surf Festival in February
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 December, 2011 : - - Surfers from across the world are set to converge in Odisha early February as the States coastline creates waves to stamp its presence on the global surfing map. The first India Surf Festival, a three-day affair organised by Surfing Yogis, who introduced the sport to this part of the world only a year back, will get underway on Ramachandi beach on February 7.
The festival is expected to draw over 70 surfers from India and abroad, and is aimed at identifying surfers in India and unifying them under a single umbrella and will feature 'soft' and pro-surfing events. It has attracted international attention with over 24 surfers from Singapore, France, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Brazil confirming their participation.
Along with the members of Surfing Yogis, two surfers of the State who have received training and gained expertise, a local Pratap Singh, and a pilot turned avid surfer Spandan Banerjee will be be joining in the fray.
The event should expose the potential of the vast shoreline of Odisha to the world. It has ignited immense interest in the global surfing community with Guillermo Pena of Italy of World Surfing Federation, surfing Guru Didier Latife of France, co-founder of International Organization Stand Up Paddle (IOSUP) Fernando Ekahi Labad of Spain coming down to take part in the festival.
The festival will be covered internationally with surf movie companies from Bali and Spain filming the entire event along with renowned surf photographers taking the beaches and waves of Odisha to new shores.
Besides surfers, tourists and buffs have already begun to put in participation requests. The organisers have already received more than 600 requests and expect to have more than 1,000 by the time the festival kicks off. Arrangements are being made to accommodate the tourists. The festival will be of immense tourism value and the Surfing Yogis hves also pinned hopes on the State Government to pitch in with its support to ensure its success.
International surfers keen to explore other sites along the coastline, with Government support, can organise their visits to four locations along Paradip, Kendrapara and Gopalpur coasts which have already been scouted by expert teams and found to have waves suitable for pro-surfing. These spots could be developed as international surfing destinations. Read more
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