Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 30:
The fourth edition of India Surf Festival will take place at Ramchandi Beach on the Puri-Konark Marine Drive in Odisha from the February 6–8.
The festival will showcase to a worldwide audience its massive potential for board sport activities such as surfing, kite- surfing, stand up paddling (SUP) and long boarding (skate).
Among other activities, the event features a SUP Cup competition with prize money of $1,000 USD, workshops on Yoga on Water and Yoga on the Beach, a long boarding workshop, kite-surfing performances, the Hungry Lens photography event, art and music performances and much more. The highlight of the festival is the game of SUP Ball, a game that India will be third country in the world to witness after Australia and the UK.
“Our mission is to make people realize the importance of low-impact water sports and to make it an open festival and not limit it to just the sports enthusiasts,” said Sanjay Samantaray, Founder of India Surf Festival.
The uniqueness of the festival would be the design and installation of ISF, which is made from natural materials and involves manpower from surrounding villages. Materials like bamboo, jute, cloth, coconut ropes and wood will be widely used in building the festival.
India Surf Festival 2015 is also poised to be included in the Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) tour, a move that would not only catapult Ramchandi beach and the long Odisha coastline into the global surfing map but also project the State among the best destinations for world surf tourism.