Surfing enthusiasts pack your bags and get ready for some fun at the scenic stretch of the Orissa coastline where for the first time in the sporting history of the country, India is hosting its first Surfing Festival in February 2016. The India Surf Festival aims to introduce the surf culture to Indian people through a surfing instruction, series of films, art and music. So the festival is not just about surfing, but also about music and festivities.
India Surf Festival 2016
From 7th to 9th February the picturesque stretch of Orissa’s Puri-Konark Marine Drive beach will attract more than 60 surfers from India, Singapore, Spain, Italy, Morocco and Brazil along with some 2,000 visitors who wish to enjoy the spectacle from the sands. The India Surf Festival will also feature art, music, films and some good photography. The waters off the coast of Orissa are perfect for Stand Up Paddle surfing which is done on flat water. The surf board has a paddle attached to it and this type of surfing is becoming quite popular the world over.
Entertainment at India Surf Festival
You can learn the basics of surfing and paddling from surfing experts from across the world. In addition to that you can watch some interesting and inspiring movies and art or you can enjoy the live musical performances as you relish some organic food or rejuvenate yourself with solar clay therapy and synchronise yourself with nature.
Apart from musical performances, the festival will screen Ocean Monk – a film showcasing group of friends who discover the beauty and power of surfing and try to incorporate their new found love into their search for enlightenment.
Marvel at the art installations by Nova Collective – an assorted group of four designers and musicians including Sachin Shetty, Archan Nair, Kaustubh Kamat and Harshvardhan Kadam. The Nova Collective will also hold a session of live painting to the sound of waves and music created by spontaneous jamming with other bands present at the festival.
Other performers who will perform at the ISF 2016 are I20DUB – a musician from Argentina will perform with other artists from Mumbai and Bhubaneswar, Tribal Flora – a band that plays organic music using instruments like djembes, didgeridoos, morsing or Jew’s harp and various aboriginal drums. The music of Tribal Flora has elements of Indian and western classical, tribal/folk and psychedelic music which is inspired from nature.
Enjoy the various folk dance performances by villagers from nearby regions or marvel at the sand art by the artists from Puri Sand Art Institute. The artists will spontaneously shape out sand carvings showcasing the various aspects of surfing.
Registrations at ISF 2016
In order to enjoy the Surf Festival to its fullest it’s mandatory to register yourself. You can register online through the official website of the festival.
Accommodation at ISF 2016
Accommodation at the India Surf Festival 2016 is available at the Surfer’s Village and is in the form of hermit huts, camping tents, Lotus Resort, Independent accommodation and campers.
Lodgings at hermit huts will include two organic bed mattresses and essentials like mosquito nets and a bamboo lantern. Cost of the three day pass and a stay for three nights in the hermit hut will cost you around INR 6,000 per person on a twin sharing basis. The cost also includes the facility to use the continuous shuttle between the festival venue and the Surfer’s Village.
You can also stay at the camping tents that offer basic necessities like mattresses, pillows and blankets. Cost of the three day pass and a stay at the tent will be INR 4,000 per person. Again the cost will include the use of continuous shuttle service between the festival venue and the Surfer’s Village.
Lotus Resort is the only resort on the Puri-Konark stretch where you can stay if you want creature comforts. The resort is located at a point where a river meets the sea. The three day pass and stay for three nights in the resort will cost a total of about INR 9,000 per person.
You can also look for independent accommodation options in Puri Konark belt and can buy passes for the festival. The cost for one day pass will be INR600 and a three day pass will cost you about 1500 INR. You can also pitch your own tent in the Surfer’s village campground. The cost of using the camp ground and the three day pass will be around INR 2,500 per person.
Festival Location (How to Reach)
The India Surf Festival will held at a striking expanse of Orissa’s Puri- Konark Marine Drive beach and the information and receiving centre for the India Surf Festival is located at CT Road in Puri. The Surfing Yogis meeting point is situated near the festival location.
Guests will be provided with the shuttle service from CT Road, Puri to the festival venue, in addition to that organisers will be providing vehicles on a hired basis. This apart, you can reach the festival venue by auto-rickshaws, local buses and taxi.
If you are coming by train then the nearest railway station is Puri which is 15kms from the venue and if you are planning to fly then the nearest domestic airport is Bhubaneswar which is at a distance of 70kms and the nearest international airport is Kolkata at a distance of 375kms from the festival venue.