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Final day – Indian Open of Surfing 2016

Highlights of Day 1,2 and 3

 

  • Samai Reboul wins the All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing
  • Chennai surfers dominate most of the categories
  • Over INR 6 Lakhs disbursed as prize money in eight categories
  • Spectators flock Sasihithlu beach in large numbers
  • Bollywood Star Ileana D’Cruz hands over the winners cheque

Mangaluru, 29th May 2016: Auroville’s, Samai Reboul surfed his way to glory to become the first ever winner of the ‘All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing’. Manikandan from Chennai finished as the runner’s up the championship. Samai walked away with a cash prize on INR 50,000, while Manikandan won INR 25,000 along with their respective winner’s and Runner’s up trophies. The three-day surfing extravaganza is the first ever surfing championship hosted in Karnataka and was a part of the Karnataka Surfing Festival, promoted by Karnataka tourism. The championship is sanctioned by the International Surfing Association and is organized under the aegis of the Surfing Federation of India. The Mantra Surf Club in association with Kanara Surfing & Water Sports Promotion Council Surfers put together the inaugural edition of the All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing.

In the Groms Under 16 category Pondicherry’s Perceval Fayon finished as the winner followed by Sanjay Selvamani & Manikandan M from Tamil Nadu finished in the second and third positions respectively. The Chennai trio of Raghul Govind, Surya P and Ajith Kumar walked away with the first, second and third places in the Juniors (17-22 years) category.

Dharani Selvakumar, Raghul Paneer and Manikandan D from Chennai finished first, second and third respectively in the Seniors (23-28 years) category. Chennai’s Moorthy Megavan finished first in the Masters (29 & above) category while Santosh Moorthy from Mahabalipuram, and Pondicherry’s Velu finished third.

Local girl Sinchana D Gowda and Tanvi J finished first and third respectively in the women’s category while Chinamyee Mayya from Udupi finished second. In the men’s stand up paddling category, Chennai’s Sekar Pachai, Murthy Meghavan and Vicky V walked away with the first, second and third places respectively. Local girls Tanvi J and Sinchana D Gowda finished first and third respectively in the women’s standup paddeling category, while Chennai’s Vilassini Sundar finished second.

The first, second and third place winners in all categories except for the Open category walked away with cash prizes of INR 25000, INR 15000 & INR 10000 respectively.

‘Its been a great experience to be a part of the first ever All Cargo Indian open of Surfing. To win it has been the icing on the cake. It’s great to see that slowly such tournaments are being organized in India and this only strengthens our hope of a strong surfing future in India. I hope we get to see many more international tournaments being organised along India’s coastline in the days to come,” said an elated Samai Reboul after winning the inaugural ‘All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing’.

Earlier in the day local resident at Sasihithlu beach in Mangalore were up for a surprise on Sunday morning. The beach unknown to many in the port city suddenly saw huge traffic and spectators in huge numbers from as early as 7 AM in the morning to witness the semi- finals and finals of Karnataka’s first ever surfing competition, the ‘All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing’.

The closing ceremony saw Bollywood actress Ileana D’Cruz handing over the prize money and trophies to all the winners in the evening, which also included many other musical entertainment programs.

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Press Release: Indian Open of Surfing Day 2

Press Release - Indian Open of Surfing day 2

‘ALL CARGO INDIAN OPEN OF SURFING’

Chennai surfer’s dominant on day 2; Semi-Finals & Finals to be held tomorrow

Mangaluru, 28th May 2016: The second day of the first edition of the 'All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing' got underway amidst perfect conditions at the Sasihithlu beach today. The second day included the preliminary rounds for the Under 16, Junior’s (17-22 Years), Senior’s (23-28 Years) and Open category. The three-day surfing extravaganza is the first ever surfing championship being hosted in Karnataka and is a part of the Karnataka Surfing Festival, promoted by Karnataka tourism. Surfers in these four categories showcased their skills to fix their slot for the semi-finals. Both the semi-final and final round will be held on the 29th May 2016.

Pondicherry’s Perceval Fayon, D Sanjay, Santhoshan, Manikandan T Nithish, Sanjay Selvamani and Manivanan from Tamil Nadu alongwith Yuvaraj progressed to the semi-finals of the Groms Under 16 category. Amongst the Junior’s (17-22 years) Raghul Govind, Ajith Kumar, Satish S, Manimanan and Surya P from Chennai along with Chinnakonda from Vizag, Swapnil Bhinge from Goa and local lad Dekshith K Suvarna progressed to the semi- final round scheduled for tomorrow.

Varghese from Kerala, Dharani Selvakumar, Vicky V, Raghul Paneer, Raj Sekhar, Manikandan D from Chennai sealed their semi-final spots in the Seniors (23-28 years) category. Auroville’s Samai Revoul, Varghese from Kerala, Raghul Govind, Sekar Pachai & Dharini from Chennai, Kiran Kumar from Mangalore and French surfers Belize Pinel & Dyllan Imhoff, Marcello from Brazil, Dustin Ellison from California and David Hearn from Australia booked their semi-finals for tomorrow in the Open Category.

The day also included a special visit by Delhi Daredevil’s team member  & surfing enthusiast Sanju Samson. Brazil’s Marcello and Jehan Driver from Mumbai did a kite surfing demonstration for the audience. The semi-finals and finals would be held tomorrow from 6 AM onwards.

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Inauguration – Indian Open of Surfing 2016

Managaluru gets ready to host the inaugural edition of the

‘All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing’

 

  • Port city to host Karnatka’s first ever surfing event
  • Competition to be held at Sasihithlu beach from 7:30 AM onwards, May 27 – 29
  • Over INR 6 Lakhs to be disbursed as prize money

 

May 24, 2016: Mangalore, better known as the ‘banking city of India’, is soon catching up

for a different reason. The port city, home to one of India’s oldest surf clubs, ‘Mantra Surf

Club of India’, is all set to host the first ever ‘All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing’ at the

Sasihithlu beach from May 27-29, 2016. The competition which is a part of the ‘Karnataka

Surfing Festival’ is recognised by the International Surfing Association and Surfing

Federation of India and is supported by Karnataka Tourism. The inaugural edition of the ‘All

Cargo Indian Open of Surfing’ is being organised by the ‘Mantra Surf Club’ in association

with the Kanara Surfing & Water Sports Promotion Council. Over 100 surfers from India and

abroad will make way to the white sand Sasihithlu beach over the weekend of May 27-29,

2016 to fight for the top spot. The competition will have a total of INR Six Lakhs to be

disbursed as prize money across categories to the winners and runners up.

 

The ‘All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing’ 2016 will see over 100 surfers from Goa, Tamilnadu,

Karnataka, Mumbai, Lakshwadeep along with international surfers from Australia, United

States of America and France. The competition will see both men and women vie for the top

spot under seven different categories viz; Under 16, Juniors (17-22 years), Seniors (23 – 28

Years), Masters (29 and above), Open Category, Stand Up Paddeling Race ( Men & Women)

and Body Boarding ( Men & Women). The competition will also have participation from

India’s first female surfer Ishita Malviya along with top seeded indian women surfer

Sinchana Gowda and Anisha Naik. They will be joined by Dharini Selvakumar, Dhruv and

Appu Manikandan aongst the men. The open championship will see internationally

renowned participants like Bazile Pinel, Dylan Imhoff and Dustin Ellison.

 

“It has been our constant endeavour to promote Mangaluru and Karnataka’s coastal line as

an international surfing destination. It’s a great moment for all of us to have finally been

able to host the inaugural edition of the ‘All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing’. We would like to

thank Karnataka Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka for their support to host the event and create

such a novel property. Through this event we plan to promote local talent and in future help

generate employment opportunities for the youth. We are hopeful that this event will be the

beginning to many other international and national surfing events in the state and

Karnataka will soon find a place in the international surfing map,” said Mr. Kishore Kumar,

President, Surfing Federation of India while inspecting the arrangements a day prior to the

start of the event.

 

The Inaugural Edition of the ‘All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing’ is open to public and is an

effort by Karnataka Tourism to promote the state as an international surfing & water sports

destination. The Competition will start on all three days from 7:30 AM also has an

arrangement for various entertainment programmes and a food festival alongside to keep

the viewers and tourists engaged and entertained. Local artists, musicians and rock bands

(Roots, Boyzone) from the state will be seen enthusing the audience and surfers with some

great performances.