The three-day premiere surfing competition conducted by the Surfing Federation of India and hosted by the Mantra Surf Club on Panambur Beach came to an end.
Karnataka’s Ramesh Budhihal emerged as the national champion, while Tamil Nadu’s Ajeesh Ali was the runner-up in the Men’s Open Surf category on the final day of the third edition of the Indian Open of Surfing here on Sunday.
Sugar Banarse and Sofiya Sharma have crowned the national champions in the women’s open and Groms Girls 16 & Under categories, respectively, while Tamil Nadu’s Kishore Kumar was the national champion in the Groms Boys 16 & Under category.
Surfing Federation of India president Arun Vasu said, “I am very impressed with the quality of surfers here. With the LA Olympics insight, we are working hard to identify young and upcoming surfers. And, the quality and skill that was on display today only give me the confidence to keep believing in our objectives.”
The finals were a treat to watch with a picture-perfect end when Budhial caught a wave to display some breathtaking manoeuvres helping him clinch the victory. He secured 16.33 points, while Ali finished with 15.67 points. Suvarna registered 13 points.
Expressing happiness after becoming the national champion, Budhihal said that the field was tough and Ali was spectacular. But he was there today to put in his best efforts.In the Expression Race at the end, where winners and runners-up of all categories competed, Budhihal emerged victorious, followed by Ali.