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Aug 29, 2017

Fifth Annual Covelong Point Surf, Music & Yoga Festival Comes to a Close

The annual Covelong Point Surf, Music & Yoga Festival wrapped up another successful installment this past weekend, as some of India’s brightest young talents and veteran wave riders competed for gold.

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The Outdoor Journal

Since its inception five years ago, the Festival has been a highlight for the Indian surfing community and outdoor industry each summer.


Former South African cricketer and The Outdoor Journal Brand Ambassador Jonty Rhodes attended the festival and was blown away by the level of competition. “The surfing standard has risen incredibly,” Rhodes reported.

First-time medalists and defending champions alike graced the podium at the end of the day. Gus Hugno won the Open Category, while Ajeesh ali won his second consecutive gold in the Under-16 Category. On the women’s side, Suhasini Damian won the Local’s competition, and Brigid Hayes won the International competition.

Ajeesh Ali took first place in the Groms Category (Under 16)

But it was the youth categories that really impressed Jonty Rhodes. “12 [year-olds] now have their own category and the finals took place in decent size swell. I was standing on the beach right next to where their ‘coaches’ were having to help ‘push’ them through the channel between the rocks to enable [them] to just paddle out through the waves,” Rhodes said.

Waves were [occasionally] double overhead for these little guysI haven’t seen too many ‘oversized’ village youngsters, and these little athletes were probably as light as their surfboards! Was my highlight of the event.”

In a press release about the event, Rammohan Paranjape, Vice President of the Surfing Federation of India, offered congratulations to the entire field and echoed Rhodes’ sentiment about rising standards and potential in Indian surfing: “Not only has the surfing community in India but locals as well as the government has seen the potential of this event grow every year.”

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Here’s the complete list of winners from the Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival 2017:

Novice (Under 12):

  1. Navin Kumar
  2. Akhilan S
  3. Srikanth

Groms Category (Under 16):

1. Ajeesh Ali
2. Sanjay Selvaman
3. Ruban Vasudevan

Juniors Category (17- 22 Years):

  1. Ramesh Hanuman
  2. Surya P.
  3. Ragul Govind

Seniors Category (23- 30 Years):

  1. Raghul Panneerselvam
  2. Mani Kandan
  3. Sekar P.

Masters Category( Above 30 Years):

  1. Palani Vijayan
  2. Velumurugan Vallathan
  3. Mukesh Panjanathan

Women (All Age- Local):

  1. Suhasini Damian
  2. Sinchana Gowda
  3. Vilassini Sundar

Women Category (All Age- International):

  1. Brigid Hayes
  2. Kellie Van Eyk
  3. Kate Hayes

Masters Category ( Above 30 Years):  

  1. Palani Vijayan
  2. Velumurugan Vallanthan
  3. Mukesh Panjanathan

Open Category:

  1. Gus Hogno
  2. Milan Andra Hennathige

Stand- Up Paddling Competition (Male):

  1. Sekar Patchai
  2. Vignesh
  3. Rajsekar

Stand- Up Paddling Competition (Female):

  1. Vilassini Sundar
  2. Tanvi Jagdish
  3. Harshitha Achar


Feature image of Top Surfer Suhasini Damian from Auroville, Pondicherry

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Events

Jul 10, 2018

The 2018 Whitewater Awards: Nouria Newman and Benny Marr take the spoils.

The Whitewater Awards is a gathering of the world’s best kayakers to show off the biggest and best things that have happened in the sport over the past year.

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Brooke Hess

 To be considered for an award, athletes, photographers, and filmmakers submit media taken over the past year that they believe showcases the best progression in the sport.  

There are sixteen different categories for submission, including separate male and female categories within the “Best of” kayaking categories. Categories include Photographer of the Year, Film of the Year, Expedition of the Year, Best Trick, Best Line, River Stewardship, Grom of the Year, Rider of the Year, along with several others.  Awards are decided upon by a voting process done by the Association of Whitewater Professionals.

This year’s Whitewater Awards was held in the Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise, Idaho. It was hosted on June 14th, the same weekend as the North Fork Championships, which takes place on the North Fork of the Payette River just outside of Boise.  The North Fork Championship is regarded as one of the hardest kayaking races in the world.

The race takes place on Jacob’s Ladder rapid, which is a rapid so difficult and consequential that most kayakers feel accomplished simply by surviving the rapid, much less racing the rapid. Nouria Newman, a 3-time NFC racer and winner of this year’s Whitewater Awards Female Rider of the Year describes it well,

“The NFC is the hardest race in whitewater kayaking. [Jacob’s Ladder] is a scary, consequential rapid. Running it is challenging, and it only gets harder to race it and make the gates.”

In order to minimize the risk involved in the race, event organizers have developed a strict qualification process for racers. 30 racers will qualify to race Jacob’s Ladder. Ten of them are pre-qualified from placing top ten at the event the year before. Those ten then read numerous athlete applications and vote on the next ten racers who will join them.  The last ten racers are decided through a qualification race on S-Turn rapid, another one of the North Fork’s infamous class V rapids.

Every year on this same weekend in June, kayakers, photographers, and filmmakers from around the world flock to Idaho to celebrate quality whitewater, progression of the sport, and the community that surrounds it. Both the North Fork Championship and the Whitewater Awards had great turnouts of athletes and spectators this year.

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The finalists of each category in the Whitewater Awards were presented in film format at the Egyptian Theater for the entire audience to view, with the winner being announced live. Winners were presented with an award and expected to give a short speech at the event. The big winners of the night were Nouria Newman and Benny Marr, who were awarded with Line of the Year and Rider of the Year in the female and male categories. Nouria says that voting for the “best” in each category is a challenging process, “…voting is always tricky, (look at both French and U.S. presidents, not too sure if they are really the best available option). And it is also very hard to compare lines and rapids. What’s bigger? What’s harder? I got voted Best Line of the Year with a good line down Parque Jurassic, a long technical rapid, but Rata’s line down Graceland, which is a huge slide, was equally as good, if not better.”

No matter how tricky the voting process can be, Nouria agrees that the Whitewater Awards plays a large role in the progression of the sport, “I think it’s super cool to see what people can do in their kayak, how they push the limit of the sport and how they open new possibilities.”

For more information about the Whitewater Awards, you can visit whitewaterawards.com, you can also follow them on Facebook and on Instagram.

You can follow Nouria on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can follow Benny on Facebook and Instagram.

Cover photo courtesy of Ari Walker

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