Day 1 recap | Sekar & Raghul shine on the opening day of Covelong Point Surf, Music & Yoga Festival

The opening day of the Covelong Point Surfing Championship 2018 got underway with the preliminary rounds for the Novice (2 & under), Groms (16 & Under), Junior (17-22 Yrs) & Senior (23-30 Yrs) categories respectively. The competitive preliminary rounds for the Masters (31 & above), Women’s (all ages) and the Open (Foreign Nationals) categories will take place tomorrow (18thAugust 2018). 

Surfers across all the categories were given 15 minutes each to compete under testing conditions in the sea. Within these 15 minutes the surfers are allowed to catch 10 waves to showcase their skills, and the best two waves for each are accounted towards their competition scores by the judges. Winners were judged on the basis of the manoeuvres performed by each surfer in the water and their ability to catch the wave.

The day started with clear skies and conditions suited to surfing. The day started with the preliminary rounds for the Groms category. The category had a total of 23 surfers competing equally divided in seven heats. Dinish S, Sivaraj, Akhilan S, Nithish Varun, Abdul Rajaq, Selvarasan N, Subramani M, Chandrappa, Harish Muthu, Selvam M, Ruban V and Sunil Joshi M were the ones to make it to the second round tomorrow.

The Novice category saw Naveen Kumar R, Srikant D, Vishal and Kishore Kumar make it to the second rounds due to be held tomorrow.

The Junior Category witnessed participation from 24 surfers from across various states in the country across six heats. Ajith Govind, Vivek K, Ajith K, Varges Mahsbs, Kalyan Rayithi, Raju S, Sanjai Babu, Manikandan D, Manikandan I, Sanjay Kumar, Manikandan M and Sarath Kumar were the ones to make it to round two of the competition which will be held tomorrow morning.

The senior’s category saw participation from 23 of the best surfers from across the country, however only 12 could make it to the second round. Sekar P, Guru, Manikandan D, Rajsekar P, Vignesh Kumar, Dharini Selvakumar, Varghese Anthony, Sri Krishnan, Raghul Paneer and Sathish P were the ones who made it to the next round tomorrow.

The Covelong Point Surf.Music.Yoga Festival 2018 festival is one of most coveted and India’s top surfing competition. This year the festival would include mesmerising musical performances from across a wide array of genres including the Iconic 90’s Indie-Rock band ‘Indus Creed’ along with Chennai’s leading electronic band ‘Sapta’ and The F16s a Dance/Punk band from Bengaluru amongst many other performances over the weekend. Renowned acroyoga instructor Shakti Shilpa, Divya Srinivasan and Rohini Manohar are a few names who would be taking a few yoga sessions at the festival. Apart from these visitors can witness and participate in some exciting adventure sport activities like Slack Lining, Rock Climbing, Obstacle Race and satiate their taste buds through some excellent local cuisines at the food gallery.

 

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