Indian Open of Surfing announces title sponsor and more

This year's three-day IOS promises an exciting competition with surfers from across India battling it out in various categories.

The New Mangalore Port Authority (NMPA), the gateway to Karnataka by sea, has stepped up as the title sponsor for the highly anticipated fifth edition of the Indian Open of Surfing (IOS).

This premier platform for showcasing India’s burgeoning surfing talent is organized by the Surfing Swami Foundation and hosted by Mantra Surf Club. The NMPA’s sponsorship signifies a significant commitment to supporting the growth of surfing within the country.

This year’s three-day IOS promises an exciting competition with surfers from across India battling it out in various categories. The Surfing Federation of India’s (SFI) endorsement further solidifies the event’s importance in the national surfing scene.

Adding to the event’s prestige, Karnataka Tourism has extended its support for the fifth consecutive year. This continued backing highlights the growing recognition of surfing as a major tourist attraction in the state.

The renowned brand Cycle Pure Agarbatti joins as the “powered by” sponsor, while Explurger, a social media app designed specifically for travellers, comes on board for the first time as the exclusive social media partner. Explurger’s focus on sharing and planning trips aligns perfectly with the adventurous spirit of the IOS.

Dr Venkata Ramana Akkaraju, New Mangalore Port Authority, Chairman, said, “We have eagerly awaited the moment to announce our partnership with the 5th Indian Open of Surfing. The opportunity to support surfing, one of the fastest-growing water sports both nationally and globally, is something we could not pass up. Surfing holds transformative potential for the region, positioning Mangalore as a premier destination for adventure enthusiasts. This, in turn, significantly boosts the local economy and empowers the local communities. We are proud to be part of an initiative that brings such multifaceted benefits to the region.”

Dakshin Kannada, M P, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Mullai Muhilan, said, “The Karnataka Government and Karnataka Tourism have been supporting surfing for a long time. This support encourages more people to visit beautiful places like Sasihithlu and explore what the state has to offer in terms of tourism development. I extend my best wishes to everyone involved in this year’s IOS for a fun and successful event.”

Arjun Ranga, NR Group Managing Partner & Cycle Pure Agarbatti MD, said, “We have been truly impressed by the surging popularity of surfing in India. We are committed to supporting initiatives that align with our values of preserving the ecological surroundings and foster community development. I extend my best wishes to all the athletes and organizers for a successful tournament. Let’s hope to see India rise in this exhilarating sport.

Jitin Bhatia, Explurger, Founder & CEO, said “The Indian Open of Surfing embodies the adventurous spirit we cherish at Explurger. Partnering with the Surfing Federation of India underscores our dedication to celebrating the excitement of exploration. We extend our heartfelt wishes to all participants and look forward to many more collaborations.” 

The NMPA operates the New Mangalore Port, Karnataka’s sole major port, strategically located on the Arabian Sea coast. Established in 1974, this deep-water port plays a crucial role in the region’s import and export activities known for its functionality in all weather conditions.

Karnataka Tourism caters to the diverse tourism experiences offered by Karnataka, a state nestled in southern India. From the majestic ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the serene beaches of Gokarna, adventure awaits. Hill stations like Coorg, with its coffee plantations and cascading waterfalls, provide a cool escape, while vibrant cities like Bangalore showcase modern India.

Cycle Pure Agarbatti, a brand from N. Ranga Rao and Sons, has been the world’s largest fragrance and incense producer since 1948. For over 74 years, the brand has offered a captivating range of over 500 unique Agarbatti (incense stick) fragrances, enjoyed in over 75 countries.

Explurger is a social media app designed specifically for travellers. Users can share travel experiences with photos and videos while tracking their journeys – miles travelled, cities visited, and countries explored.

The prestigious surfing competition will be held from May 31 to June 2, 2024, at Sasihithlu Beach in Mangaluru.

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