It was a short flight to Bhubaneshwar from Calcutta (55 mins), and even a shorter ride to Puri (45 mins). I had a graphic artist (Mriganka Singh) and an organic farm developer (Mrinalika Bhanjdeo) for company. The first day we observed these few things:
It’s not commercial, it’s the perfect amount of crowd, it’s safe, people will respect you and look out for you and it attracts all kinds of people so be prepared to make tons of new friends. So before I unfold all that I did, read a bit about the festival.
Brief introduction (info extracted from the press release of the festival, available at http://www.indiasurffestival.org/) – India Surf Festival, entering its 4th Edition in the month of February 2015, is all set to break the boundaries of art, adventure and music. Located at the meeting point of river Kushavadra and the Bay of Bengal, the festival provides a unique combo suitable for all types of surfing. Stand-up Paddling, Freestyle surfing, Kitesurfing and Longboarding are the primary sport activities of the festival. One highlight of the festival is the game of SUP Ball, with India being the third country in the world to have witnessed the game only after Australia and The UK. ISF focus this year is to involve everyone on a participatory level. Simplifying these sports through workshops and fun games will introduce the spirit of adventure in Indian homes. This feeling is elevated through beach camping, which keeps the participant in touch with nature 24×7. From a 6 year old to a 60 year old, everyone has experienced the fun for the last 3 years, and this year is only going to be better.
The Founder, Sanjay Samantaray, with his focused vision has developed his vision into reality with the help of key individuals from across the world. After 3 years of successful celebration, Sanjay is excited to invite people from all across the world for the 4th Edition. Expect artists, musicians, explorers, magicians, performers, dancers, yoga masters and surfers from more than 20 countries to congregate on Puri-Konark Marine Drive to handcraft the most unique atmosphere the country has ever seen. Such a collaborative effort is the result of more than 12 years of homework done the founder. His mission is to make people realize the importance of low-impact water sports. The vision is to make it an open festival and not make it limited to just the sports junkies. Adventure experts from all over the world are excited about ISF happening in India, and have been extending their support in more ways than one. From inputs about waves to weather, wind conditions, safety and skills, surfers are participating whole-heartedly.
Where: Ramchandi Beach, Odisha
Dates: 6-9th Feb 2015
What we did: Stand up paddling (Walk on water), Surfing, Yoga the beach, art, danced
Where did we stay: Huts located at the beach itself
Some other adventures that we tried: Walk on Water (The beginner’s course to interact with water on a SUP board), Yoga on water and Longboarding. We don’t have pictures for the above since we were participating. And besides water activities, we loved the mood set art, music and food.
Art at India Surf Festival has taken a strong unique path right from its inception. Paintings, Installation art, Prints, Live Painting, Projection Mapping, Interactive installations – the amount of artworks on display has always immersed people into a different world. Artists and Performers are welcome to join and display their work. Art at India Surf Festival has taken a strong unique path right from its inception. Paintings, Installation art, Prints, Live Painting, Projection.
Team BC went wild when we were given neon paints and an empty canvas.
Tent parties till 3 am.
And the bonfire would keep us warm when the evening got chilly, but also made us sleepy as we gathered around after dinner and cosied up. Unless the group sitting next to you invites for a round of charades. Then be prepared to be up till dawn unless you want to catch up with your Yoga