Chennai is all set to host the ninth edition of its much-anticipated surfing festival—the Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival. Renamed as Covelong Classic – Surf, Music and Fitness Festival, and to be held at Surf Turf in Kovalam, Tamil Nadu, the festival will make a comeback after a two-year hiatus enforced by the pandemic.
Since 2013, the popular assemblage of surfing and seaside enthusiasts from near and far has grown from strength and strength. In 2021, the organisers ran a surfing competition that was open only to participants. This year, between August 5 and 7, beach lovers from all over the country are expected to swarm the port town for the festivities.
According to Surfing Federation of India president Arun Vasu, as quoted by Indian Express, the lineup of attractions on the open stage includes close to 60 artists, including well-known musical acts. In a first, the festival also offers a slew of fitness activities, from beach sporting activities such as yoga, volleyball, slacklining and obstacle courses, to the Yoga Shala, where “renowned yoga and meditation teachers, sound therapists, alternative healers, musicians and martial artists” will hold interactive sessions for participants. A skateboarding competition has also been announced as part of the festival’s new, post-pandemic look.
“The surfing events will begin at 7.30 am and the festival will conclude around 9 pm,” the publication quoted Vasu as saying. He added that the surfing competition will include a national category and an international, open-category competition where participants from Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia are being expected. However, confirmation on the latter is awaited since the lineup of overseas entrants is yet to be finalised.
In addition to the Covelong Classic during the festival, the Tamil Nadu capital will also host India’s debut national surfing championships (Mahabs Point Break Challenge) in Mahabalipuram on August 1 and 2. The temple town, a 58-km drive from Chennai, looks forward to having 80 participants from across the country. More information on the festival and other activities can be found here.
Vamika Singh is a visual-narrative artist working closely towards exploring gender disparity and social dynamics in the South-Asian culture. You can also find her making music playlists, browsing sneakers and getting profusely attached to non-living things—even a laptop sticker for that matter.