4th Indian Open of Surfing returns, with eyes set on qualifications for Paris 2024!

Industry Watch | May 29, 2023 | News

Indian Open of Surfing Paris 2024

The 4th Edition of the Indian open of Surfing, premier surfing competition of the Surfing Federation of India – the governing body for the sport in India, has got support from Karnataka Tourism for the fourth consecutive year while Cycle Pure Agarbathies & Jai Hind Group have come on board as principal partners.

The three-day surfing extravaganza will see top Indian surfers like Sanjaikumar S, Nithishvarun T, Surya P, Ruban D, Srikanth D, Sathish Sarvanan, Manikandan Desappan fight it out for the top honours from June 1 to 3, at the Panambur Beach, Mangaluru. The event is being hosted by the Mantra Surfing Club, Mangaluru.  

With eyes set on Paris 2024, where surfing will debut as a medal event, India for the very first time has sent a four-member team to ISA World Surfing Games 2023, El Salvador which is a Qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Top four Indian surfers’ basis the ranking from last year will also be competing simultaneously for the Olympic qualifiers while Top surfers in India will fight it out at Mangalore hoping to make it to the India team for other international events.

Arjun Ranga, Managing Partner, NR Group & Managing Director, Cycle Pure Agarbathies said, “At Cycle Pure, our commitment to fostering the spirit of sportsmanship and providing hope to the youth remains unchanged. We are excited to extend our support to the exhilarating world of surfing. This sport possesses incredible potential to invigorate tourism and also generate employment opportunities. Our continued support to Indian Open Surfing and the Karnataka Surfing Festival, serves as a clarion call to the surfer community, urging every one of them to be catalysts of change and champions for environmental conservation. We firmly believe in our responsibility to wholeheartedly contribute to initiatives aimed at preserving and restoring our precious ecosystems and fragile habitats. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in safeguarding our planet for future generations.”

Divya Kumar Jain, MD, Jai Hind Group said, “India's extensive coastline remains a largely untapped resource, and its high time we use this asset to promote a sport like surfing. The promotion of surfing isn't just beneficial for individual health, but it's also a way to empower local communities economically. From surf schools to equipment rentals, this sport can spur a range of local businesses, encouraging economic growth and infrastructure development in coastal areas.”

Ram Mohan Paranjpe, VP, Surfing Federation of India & Partner, Mantra Surf Club said, “It's exciting to kickstart the new competitive surfing season in India. Indian Open of Surfing is the first of the four National Series championship that have been planned by the Surfing Federation of India. Also being the host under Mantra Surf Club, I am looking forward to a great competition just before the onset of monsoons. What adds to this happiness of kicking-off the Indian surfing season, is that this is the first year when big corporate houses have extended their support to the competition, establishing the growing popularity of the sport.”

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The 3 day surfing extravaganza will see top Indian surfers like Sanjaikumar S, Nithishvarun T, Surya P, Ruban D, Srikanth D, Sathish Sarvanan, Manikandan Desappan at the Panambur Beach, Mangaluru.

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