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India ramps up for 2nd annual Covelong Surf Fest

Covelong Point, Chennai © Surf Federation of India
Covelong Point, Chennai © Surf Federation of India





Covelong Point Surf Festival 

Surfing Federation of India
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
12 - 14 September, 1024 

India's surf fest expected to attract 150 surfers 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 September, 2014 - TT Logistics and EarthSync in association with the Surfing Federation of India is organizing the second annual Covelong Point Surf 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 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 will be making another appearance at the festival press conference on September 8th, and will also go surfing in the village.

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 splendor 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 Grooms (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. Ten days prior to the event, 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. 
The festival has partnered with the Surfing Federation of India, The Times of India, Taj Vivanta, The Outdoor Journal, and The Park Chennai, and sponsors and other partners include TT Logistics & Cargo (TTL), MRF Ltd, Indo National Ltd (NIPPO), LMW, Radiance Realty, MIOT Hospitals, Eva Deo, Skore Condoms, Woodland, Parry Agro, Sundaram Finance, Toyota Landon, City Union Bank Ltd., Chennai Live 104.8 FM, Kingfisher, Dusk to Dawn, and TTK. 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. Highlights: *September 8th – Press Conference, featuring surfing ambassador for India from Surfing Federation of India, the cricketing legend Jonty Rhodes.

*September 10th – a beach clean up to raise awareness on beach sanitation in Covelong village 
*September 11th - MIOT Hospital will conduct free health check ups for the children of the village
*September 12th – Celebrity run starting at 5:30am with Milind Somand to kick start the event
*September XX - 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 (Kolkatta), Mauritian blues troupe Tritonik (Mauritius), folk master The Kutle Khan Project (Rajasthan), down tempo electronica duo Klypp (Bangalore), fusion duo Filter Coffee (Mumbai), and Australian DJ Astro Black. 

Beach Side Festivities 
In addition to the competition and the music, 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). 

Kiran Kumar

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