MANGALURU: The Department of Tourism and the district administration, in association with Surfing Federation of India and local surfing clubs, will organise Indian open of Surfing at Sasihithlu Beach near Surathkal on May 26, 27 and 28.
Chairing a meeting convened to discuss the preparations for the event, Additional Deputy Commissioner Kumar said the tournament will be held in three categories – Under 16, Under 14 and Open categories, reports Deccan Herald.
Around 100 participants are expected to take part, he added.
The Tourism Department has released Rs 60 lakh for the surfing tournament. But the estimated cost comes upto Rs 70 lakh. Therefore, there is a shortage of Rs 10 lakh which should be obtained through sponsorships, he said.
He said 19 committees, comprising officials and non-officials, have been formed. Each committee has a chairperson, member secretary and members. The chairpersons and member secretaries will generally be the government officials and elected representatives.
The committees are Advisory Committee, Core Committee, Financial Committee Surfing Organisation Committee, Publicity and Media Committee, Venue Arrangement Committee, Accommodation and Hospitality Committee, Transportation and Security Arrangement Committee, Food and Food Festival Committee, Beach Cleaning Committee, Promotion and Sponsorship Committee, Stage Management and Event and Surfing Organising Committee.
The ADC directed the chairpersons of the various committees to prepare action plans for their respective committees and submit them. Importance should be given to the accommodation of participants and judges.
The traffic movement should be managed well, he said and asked the organisers to identify land for parking vehicles. Also, the necessary security staff and life guards should be deployed on the venue. The CCTV cameras should be installed, he said. Officials of various departments were present in the meeting.