On February 14th, the India Surf Festival 2014 (ISF) will kick off for its third year in a row. Spanning across the 4,600 mile coastline of Odisha, Ramchandi Beach is where local as well as international surfers will be competing for a scholarship fund, while also living out their passion for riding waves.
With the first two years boasting a 10,000 attendee turnout, the third year promises to be even more successful. At its core, the three-day festival celebrates surfing, but goes even further to promote Walk on Water Stand Up Paddle (WowSUP), as well as other water and beach sports. Outside of the competition, ISF 2014 will also be holding a beach clean up project where volunteers will help plant trees in an effort to replete the area’s vegetation.
Founded by Sanjay Samant Ray in 2012, the India Surf Festival was the first of its kind in the country. Inspired by the response received in the first year, Sanjay continues to stay passionate about the festival and keep the enthusiasm thriving.
From its start, ISF has celebrated the introduction of new water sports in India. The festival aims to bring a diverse group of people together from various cultures in an effort to create oneness among the community. It is not restrictive as to who can attend, but rather invites anyone to throw on a wetsuit, grab a board, and give it their all.
ISF 2014 guarantees that it “will not just be any other festival, but an absolute and perfect fusion of adventure, art, music and social enlightenment.”