13 November 2016, Ramchandi Beach, Odisha – India: Day 1 of the 5th annual India Surf Festival saw consistent 2-3 foot glassy wave conditions at Ramchandi Beach to start off the surfing competition part of the event today for the mixed field of mostly Indian but also a few international competitors that had traveled to this beautiful stretch of coastline on the Bay of Bengal.
The competition got underway at around 9:30 am after waiting for the tide to drop and allow the waves to hit the outer sandbar and deliver better-shaped waves for the 18 competitors, who came from various parts of India including Kovalam, Vizag, Mangalore and Goa, as well as Australia, Austria and the Philippines.
Due to the relatively small size of the field a customized heat draw was created with 8 three man heats for Round 1, where the winner advanced directly into Round 3 and the 2nd and 3rd place surfers moved into Round 2, where they would get a second chance to advance, thus giving them more opportunity to surf after traveling so far to attend the event.
The first two rounds of competition were completed today, setting up for the final day tomorrow where a champion will be crowned after the remaining 5 heats are run and the remaining 12 surfers narrowed down to the final four. These final four will face off in the grand final that will be held at between 12 noon and 1 pm tomorrow depending upon wave conditions, so if you are in the area don’t miss the excitement.
“The wave conditions were way better than predicted by the swell forecast, with great beachbreak waves out there today,” said ASC Head Judge Billy Hangan. “And as a result the enthusiasm from the surfers and the audience was infectious and refreshing, and I can’t wait for tomorrow. This is the my first time to India and it’s really surprising to see how much surfable coastline there is here…you don’t really think about it until you come here and see it first hand, and its quite impressive,” he added.
But the India Surf Festival is much more than a surfing competition, it also includes yoga classes, SUP classes and a competition, and skateboarding as well as live music and entertainment in the evenings, and is overall just a great place to relax and enjoy nature and watersports in this big nature preserve by the beach.
The India Surf Festival is funded/sponsored by the Odisha Department of Tourism, Quiksilver India, and Airtel.
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Asian Surfing Championships
About the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC)
The Asian Surfing Championships was established in 2010 as the progression of the highly successful Indonesian Surfing Championships that began in Bali, Indonesia in 2004. The mission of the ASC is to develop and progress the sport of surfing in Asia by assisting in the organizing and sanctioning of professional surfing events, which will help their growing surf communities and draw more attention to their areas for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the Asian Region.
Since 2008, the ASC/ISC has sanctioned 195 events around the Asian region for an average of 24 events per year, ranging from junior events to co-sanctioned pro events with the World Surf League in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Maldives, the Philippines, India, Taiwan, and China, and the ASC event media releases and video highlights reach over 12 million viewers per year.