Published on March 6, 2014
SURFING FEDERATION OF INDIA National Governing Body for Surfing in India (Recognized by International Surfing Association) (Registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960, No. DKM/S.10/2011-12) 6-64, Kolachikambla, Mulki, Mangalore (DK), Karnataka, 574154 – India +919902433404
What is Surfing? Surfing is a water sport in which athletes ride breaking waves into shore on a piece of specialized equipment called a surfboard. The sport has spawned a number of offshoots, including wake boarding, skateboarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing among others. In addition, surfing being a dynamic sport it can be practiced by people at all levels of ability, it provides a great feeling of being part of the ocean, riding a crafted board. The freedom, joy, adventure and creativity all rolled into one. Surfing has long been associated with a specific regions such as; California, Hawaii, and Australia but good surf spots can be found all over the world, from the coast of Africa to the beaches of Japan, Indonesia, India, Europe. Today surfing is a global sport with global audience and regarded as one of the most vigorous adventure sport which is getting very popular in India.
SURFING History in India Surfing was relatively unheard of in India a decade ago until the Surfing Swamis began exploring and surfing the coastline of India. In 2004, India's first surf club and school was started by Surfing Swami in Mulki near Mangalore, Karnataka. Ever since, surfing has grown leaps and bounds and today there is over dozen surf schools and clubs around the coastline of India with more than 150 active surfers. Today, India, as a surf destination as taken the world by storm with a lot of potential to hold international and national events. Every year, India is receiving considerable number of surf tourism, professional surfers, magazine publications and even film makers coming to India to explore the new surfing frontier. There is a great deal of enthusiasm for surfing among younger generation, everyone from software engineers from the biggest cities to local village kids have caught on to surfing. It's just a matter of time before we see India become a much bigger part of the surf map.
SURFING FEDERATION OF INDIA Surfing Federation of India was established in 2011 by a group of Indian surfers from Mantra Surf Club also known as Surfing India. These surfers began surfing in 2001 and then went on to become enthusiastic — dedicating their time and energy to make surfing an acknowledged sport in India. Taking surfing to all ages of people and in all walks of life became the inspiration to establish the Surfing Federation of India. Surfing Federation of India is recognized as the National Governing Body (NGB) for Surfing in India by the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World Governing Authority for Surfing. Surfing Federation of India is in co-operation with the International Surfing Association to support the campaign of including surfing into the Olympics and other National and International Multi-Sport Events. It is also the goal of the Surfing Federation of India to select surfers from India to form a National Surf Team, to host national and international surfing competitions and to invite people from the international surfing community to come to India and explore the surf destinations along India’s 7500 kilometers of cost line and in Union Territories.
INTERNATIONAL SURFING ASSOCIATION The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Surfing and Racing, and all other wave riding activities. The ISA has been crowning World Champions since 1964. The ISA World Championship Series includes: •The ISA World Junior Surfing Championship •The ISA World Surfing Games •The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship •The ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship •The ISA World Longboard Championship. •The ISA World Bodyboard Championship •The ISA China Cup
Along with its World Championship Series, the ISA works to develop global surfing by providing educational programs in the areas of Judging & Officiating, Coaching & Instructing, Surf School Accreditation, Adapted Surfing, and also provides an ISA Individual Scholarship Program for Junior (under-18) surfers. ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) of 78 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California, USA. 7
Kishore Kumar - President Surfing is still as it’s nascent stage in India but nevertheless Surfing Federation of India is determined to make surfing, a popular water sport activity along the vast coastline of India. We have already done a commendable job in organizing national events, workshops and bringing in international expertise in various aspects of professional surfing. India has the potential to be one of the best surfing destinations in Asia with it’s uncrowded breaks, virgin beaches, rich culture & diversity it has on offer. 8
India Surf Ambassadors Jonty Rhodes Ex - South African Cricketer Currently, Fielding Coach to South Africa National Team, Mumbai Indians (IPL) Paddy Upton Ex- Mental Conditioning Coach for the World- Cup winning Indian National Cricket Team Current Assistant Coach to South African Cricket Team, Head Coach to IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals. Surfing Swami Surfing Swami (Jack Hebner) is an American born swami and surfer who has come forward to inspire and assist the Indian surfers in establishing the Surfing Federation of India. Swami continues to guide the SFI in its activities and to patronize the Surf Team India. Suniel Shetty Bollywood Actor/Producer and a successful entrepreneur.
Surf Schools and Clubs Quest Adventures (Mumbai) Banana Surf School (Goa) Tipi Surf School (Goa) Cocopelli Surf School (Gokarna) Shaka Surf Club (Manipal) Mantra Surf Club (Mulki) Soul & Surf ( Varkala) Kovalam Surf Club (Kovalam) Surfing Yogis (Puri) Vizag Surf School (Vizag) Bay of Life (Kovalam) Covelong Point (Kovalam) Mumu Surf School (Mahabalipuram) Kaillely Surf School (Pondicherry) Manapad Surf School (Manapad)
Surfing Events - 2013 Sanctioned & Organized under SFI Spice Coast Open was India’s first official surfing event organized by Surfing Federation of India. It set the benchmark of competitive surfing in India with ISA Judges presiding over the event and host of important personalities presiding over the event. One of India’s premier surfing destinations and considered as the first surfing village in the country, hosted a highly competitive surfing event which witnessed some of the best surfing action ever seen in the history of Indian surfing scene.
Grassroots Sport Beyond Soccer Surfing is in its grassroots level in India right now. SFI is reaching out to the under privileged boys and girls and getting them into learn and abopt the sport of surfing. SFI promoting to keep the beaches clean around their surf school, clubs and their village for healthier environment. SFI promoting Surfing not just as a sport but also as a clean healthy lifestyle. 12
“Grassroots” icons of Surfing in India Jyothi M Bangera Age : 17years Schooling : Yes Family of : 3 Competitions won : 1 time ISA Ambassador of Surfing in India Why Surfing : Want to help my family and for bright future in becoming one of the best in India. 13
“Grassroots” icons of Surfing in India S.Dharani, Chennai Age : 21years Schooling : Yes Family of : 4 Competitions won : 3 times Vision : I wish that government would do more for the sports in villages. Goal : Being crowned surfing world champion. 14
Covelong Point Social Surfing School '’I noticed that the village's youth were gravitating towards drugs and alcohol, and wanted to bring them back to healthy recreation and possibly even a vocation by teaching them to surf,’’ 15
Clean beaches means healthier surfing 16
5 Pointers to Promote & Develop Surfing in Grassroots Level in India. 1. Local schools and clubs require adequate infrastructure, surfboards and surf accessories. 2. Workshop/Camps should be conducted by international professionals to teach and train surfers and surf teachers at grassroots levels. 3. National & International competitions/events should be held annually to bring more exposure to surfing and to create competitiveness among athletes. 4. India National Team needs to get international exposure by participating in International events organized by ISA (International Surfing Association). Individual talented surfers can pursue their surfing career through SFI. 5. Government and Corporates should come forward whole heartedly to support surfing as an adventure water sports, tourism benefactor and an activity which promotes eco-friendliness.
We are here to promote the sport of surfing in India and for the better surfing future for all. ALOHA “Lets go SURFING” 18
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