5th edition of Indian Open Surfing to kick off on May 31

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Indian Open Surfing

The Indian Open Surfing (IOS), a premier surfing competition in India, is all set to kick off its fifth edition on May 31. The three-day event will be held at Sasihithlu Beach, a popular surfing destination known for its pristine waters and consistent waves. This event is held under the aegis of the Surfing Federation of India (SFI) and is being hosted by the Mantra Surf Club.

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The IOS will feature four categories: Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Groms (U-16) Boys, and Groms (U-16) Girls. The competition is expected to be intense, with top surfers from across the country participating. The IOS marks the beginning of the Indian surfing season and is recognized by the International Surfing Federation, the global governing body for the sport.

The IOS is the second stop of the National Championship series of the 2024 calendar year, following the International Surfing Festival Kerala 2024, held in March at the beautiful cliff beach of Varkala. The championships carry important ranking points that will determine the surfers’ standings at the end of the season.

Top surfers like Sathish Sarvanan, Ruban V, Srikanth D, Surya P, Sanjaikumar S, Manikandan Desappan, and Nithishvarun T are expected to participate. In the women’s category, Kamali Moorthy, Srishthi Selvam, and Sandhya Arun are among the participants competing for the top honours. Kishore Kumar, a teenage sensation who has already made waves with his extraordinary capabilities in the ocean, will be participating in the Male Groms category.

 

The IOS not only provides a platform for surfers to showcase their skills but also helps in promoting the sport in the country. “Our goal is simple, we want to elevate India to the top in surfing,” said SFI president Arun Vasu. “After a successful start to the National Series in Kerala, we are glad to continue the championships in Mangaluru before the championship tour moves to the East Coast,” he added.

The event is expected to draw a large crowd of spectators, both locals and tourists, who will get to witness the thrilling spectacle of surfing. The IOS also contributes to the local economy by attracting tourists and promoting local businesses.

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