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Mangalore set to host Indian Open surfing

MANGALORE: Mangalore (Mangaluru), also known as the ‘Banking City’ of India, is all set to welcome the second edition of the Indian Open of Surfing in the last week of May this year.

The Indian Open of Surfing will be hosted at the Sasihithlu Beach, Mangalore from May 26- 28, 2017, reports ANI.

The competition, which expects to see over 120 national and international participants, is a part of the ‘Karnataka Surfing Festival’.

The championship is recognised by the International Surfing Association and Surfing Federation of India and is organised by Dakshina Kannada district administration in association with Karnataka Tourism, Kanara Surfing and Water Sports Promotion Council in partnership with the country’s oldest surf club, Mantra Surf Club.

The competition, after a hugely successful first edition, has now opened the registrations for the second edition for surfers across nine categories. The number of participants is expected to cross 120 this year, especially now that the sport is part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“It’s a proud moment for us to host the second edition of the Indian Open of Surfing this year. The sport is still nascent and the kind of success we received in the first edition last year only made us confident of the popularity of the sport across the coastal belt of the country. What’s more interesting is that now this love for water-sports is not just limited to the coastal belts but it has started penetrating to cities inside the country as well. I would like to thank Karnataka Tourism for its continued support and actively working towards promoting coastal and adventure tourism through the sport through this festival,” said Ram Mohan Paranjpe, vice president, Surfing Federation of India.

The premier surfing competition will play host to top surfers from Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Mumbai and Lakshadweep along with international surfers from Australia, United States of America and France.

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