Next Step 2014 presentation by Kishore Kumar MU from Surfing Federation of India (SFI)
SURFING FEDERATION OF INDIA
National Governing Body for Surfing in India
(Recognized by International Surfing Association)
(Registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960, No.
6-64, Kolachikambla, Mulki, Mangalore (DK),
Karnataka, 574154 – India
What is Surfing?
Surfing is a water sport in which athletes ride breaking waves
into shore on a piece of specialized equipment called a surfboard.
The sport has spawned a number of offshoots, including wake
boarding, skateboarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing among
others. In addition, surfing being a dynamic sport it can be
practiced by people at all levels of ability, it provides a great
feeling of being part of the ocean, riding a crafted board. The
freedom, joy, adventure and creativity all rolled into one.
Surfing has long been associated with a specific regions such as;
California, Hawaii, and Australia but good surf spots can be
found all over the world, from the coast of Africa to the beaches
of Japan, Indonesia, India, Europe. Today surfing is a global sport
with global audience and regarded as one of the most vigorous
adventure sport which is getting very popular in India.
SURFING History in India
Surfing was relatively unheard of in India a decade ago until the
Surfing Swamis began exploring and surfing the coastline of
India. In 2004, India's first surf club and school was started by
Surfing Swami in Mulki near Mangalore, Karnataka.
Ever since, surfing has grown leaps and bounds and today there is
over dozen surf schools and clubs around the coastline of India
with more than 150 active surfers.
Today, India, as a surf destination as taken the world by storm
with a lot of potential to hold international and national events.
Every year, India is receiving considerable number of surf
tourism, professional surfers, magazine publications and even
film makers coming to India to explore the new surfing frontier.
There is a great deal of enthusiasm for surfing among younger
generation, everyone from software engineers from the biggest
cities to local village kids have caught on to surfing. It's just a
matter of time before we see India become a much bigger part of
the surf map.
SURFING FEDERATION OF INDIA
Surfing Federation of India was established in 2011 by a group of Indian surfers from Mantra Surf
Club also known as Surfing India. These surfers began surfing in 2001 and then went on to become
enthusiastic — dedicating their time and energy to make surfing an acknowledged sport in India.
Taking surfing to all ages of people and in all walks of life became the inspiration to establish the
Surfing Federation of India.
Surfing Federation of India is recognized as the National Governing Body (NGB) for
Surfing in India by the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World Governing
Authority for Surfing.
Surfing Federation of India is in co-operation with the
International Surfing Association to support the
campaign of including surfing into the Olympics and
other National and International Multi-Sport Events.
It is also the goal of the Surfing Federation of India to select surfers from India to form a National Surf
Team, to host national and international surfing competitions and to invite people from the
international surfing community to come to India and explore the surf destinations along India’s 7500
kilometers of cost line and in Union Territories.
INTERNATIONAL SURFING ASSOCIATION
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Surfing and Racing, and
all other wave riding activities.
The ISA has been crowning World Champions since 1964. The ISA World Championship Series
•The ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
•The ISA World Surfing Games
•The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
•The ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship
•The ISA World Longboard Championship.
•The ISA World Bodyboard Championship
•The ISA China Cup
Along with its World Championship Series, the ISA works to develop global surfing by providing
educational programs in the areas of Judging & Officiating, Coaching & Instructing, Surf School
Accreditation, Adapted Surfing, and also provides an ISA Individual Scholarship Program for Junior
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) of 78 countries on five
continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California, USA.
Kishore Kumar - President
Surfing is still as it’s nascent stage in India but nevertheless Surfing
Federation of India is determined to make surfing, a popular water sport
activity along the vast coastline of India.
We have already done a commendable job in organizing national events,
workshops and bringing in international expertise in various aspects of
India has the potential to be one of the best surfing destinations in Asia
with it’s uncrowded breaks, virgin beaches, rich culture & diversity it has
India Surf Ambassadors
Ex - South African Cricketer Currently, Fielding Coach to
South Africa National Team, Mumbai Indians (IPL)
Ex- Mental Conditioning Coach for the World- Cup winning
Indian National Cricket Team Current Assistant Coach to South
African Cricket Team, Head Coach to IPL franchise, Rajasthan
Surfing Swami (Jack Hebner) is an American born swami and surfer
who has come forward to inspire and assist the Indian surfers in
establishing the Surfing Federation of India. Swami continues to
guide the SFI in its activities and to patronize the Surf Team India.
Bollywood Actor/Producer and a successful entrepreneur.
Surf Schools and Clubs
Quest Adventures (Mumbai)
Banana Surf School (Goa)
Tipi Surf School (Goa)
Cocopelli Surf School (Gokarna)
Shaka Surf Club (Manipal)
Mantra Surf Club (Mulki)
Soul & Surf ( Varkala)
Kovalam Surf Club (Kovalam)
Surfing Yogis (Puri)
Vizag Surf School (Vizag)
Bay of Life (Kovalam)
Covelong Point (Kovalam)
Mumu Surf School (Mahabalipuram)
Kaillely Surf School (Pondicherry)
Manapad Surf School (Manapad)
Surfing Events - 2013
Sanctioned & Organized under SFI
Spice Coast Open was India’s first official
surfing event organized by Surfing Federation of
India. It set the benchmark of competitive surfing
in India with ISA Judges presiding over the event
and host of important personalities presiding over
One of India’s premier surfing destinations and
considered as the first surfing village in the
country, hosted a highly competitive surfing
event which witnessed some of the best surfing
action ever seen in the history of Indian surfing
Grassroots Sport Beyond Soccer
Surfing is in its grassroots level in India right now.
SFI is reaching out to the under privileged boys and
girls and getting them into learn and abopt the
sport of surfing.
SFI promoting to keep the beaches clean around their
surf school, clubs and their village for
SFI promoting Surfing not just as a sport but also
as a clean healthy lifestyle.
“Grassroots” icons of Surfing in India
Jyothi M Bangera
Age : 17years
Schooling : Yes
Family of : 3
Competitions won : 1 time
ISA Ambassador of Surfing in India
Why Surfing : Want to
help my family and for
bright future in
becoming one of the
best in India. 13
“Grassroots” icons of Surfing in India
Age : 21years
Schooling : Yes
Family of : 4
Competitions won : 3 times
Vision : I wish that government would do more for
the sports in villages.
Goal : Being crowned surfing world champion.
Covelong Point Social Surfing School
'’I noticed that the village's youth
were gravitating towards drugs and alcohol,
and wanted to bring them back to healthy
recreation and possibly even a vocation by
teaching them to surf,’’
5 Pointers to Promote & Develop
Surfing in Grassroots Level in India.
1. Local schools and clubs require adequate infrastructure, surfboards
and surf accessories.
professionals to teach and train surfers and surf teachers at
3. National & International competitions/events should be held
annually to bring more exposure to surfing and to create
competitiveness among athletes.
4. India National Team needs to get international exposure by
(International Surfing Association). Individual talented surfers can
pursue their surfing career through SFI.
5. Government and Corporates should come forward whole heartedly
to support surfing as an adventure water sports, tourism benefactor
and an activity which promotes eco-friendliness.
We are here to promote the
sport of surfing in India and for
the better surfing future for all.
“Lets go SURFING”