Bengaluru, May 20 (PTI) Karnataka government today said it will be hosting 3-day ‘Karnataka Surfing Festival- Indian Open of Surfing – 2017’ from from May 26 to 28 at Sasihithlu Beach in Mangaluru.Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown: State Makes RT-PCR Report Mandatory For People Coming From Kerala. Deets Inside

Projected as India’s biggest surfing festival, it is being organised by Tourism Department in association with Mantra Surf Club, Kanara Surfing, and Water Promotion Council. Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown Update: Decision After 15 Days on Night Life, Weekend Curbs, Says CM

The event will witness both men and women competing in nine categories – Indians under-14, Indians Groms under-16, Indian juniors (17 – 22), Indian seniors (22 – 30), Indian master (above 30), women of all ages, open category (Indians and foreigners) and stand-up paddling (men and women), a release said. Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown Update: Covid-19 Surveillance Guidelines Extended Till August 16, More Curbs Announced | Full Guidelines

It said the events will be judged by judges from the International Surfing Association (ISA) along with the Surfing Federation of India.

“The festival aims to promote the beaches of the state as the premier adventure destination in the country that is suitable for various water based activities such as ‘surfing’ and ‘stand up paddling’,” Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge said.

He said it also aims to make surfing a major sport in India, considering that India has a 5422.6 km mainland coastline.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.