When the waves break on wild frontiers, the wind blows toward offshore and the sun is shining high, it’s a call for all the surfers to taste the salt water. Surfing may give an adrenal rush to the surfers but watching surfers chasing the waves are no less exciting for the non-surfers. So when we heard about Karnataka's First Surfing Festival - The All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing in Sasihithlu beach Mangalore, we quickly packed our bags and headed to India’s first open surfing challenge
Mangalore is known for its spectacular clean, non-commercial beaches, but in the event, there was a sea of localities, foreigners and of courses surfers from different parts of the world gathered together. It was the first edition of The All Cargo Indian Open of Surfing recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA) & Surfing Federation of India (SFI).
Surfing is not so popular sport in India compare to Cricket and football, but it got high potential in Indian scenario, say, Damien Pollet, a French surfer studying in India.
Surfers should be passionate about the sport and need to have the right Attiitude. You should taste the water to know the sport, says one of the youngest surfer and the winner in the Groms Under 16 category Perceval Fayon.
The event continued for three days with music bands, screening of surfing movies and localities selling the best local cuisine. ''Attiitude'' being the brand of alternative style was a part of this event too. We interviewed a lot of surfers and of course soaked up the whole salt water therapy ( surfing). Surfing in India is growing big and the next generation of surfers are very promising. And since the sport is going to the Olympic 2020 we are hoping to bag some gold medals soon.