Music to surfing, Covelong Point Festival brings to you bucket-loads of fun and adventure

first_imgIt is that time of the year again when beach wear makes an appearance in a far flung village off the Chennai coast. Surfers rule the roost and a medley of musicians and wellness instructors have packed their bags to join the fun. Yes, it’s the Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival and it gets bigger and better this year. “We are hoping to have as many as 20,000 attendees this year and many more outdoor activities like Frisbee, volleyball and cycling,” says Yotam Agam, 48, Festival Director. “We also have four different music stages and more wellness activities with facilitators from around the world. Surfing of course remains the largest attraction,” he adds.Picture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) The Global music festival this year will see artists like The Raghu Dixit Project, IndoSoul by Karthick Iyer, Skrat and Carnatic musicians like Mahesh Vinayakram and Padma Shankar playing in the backdrop of the pristine Kovalam Beach where the event is set to take place. The confluence of classical music and surfing and that of city folk and local villagers is one of the things that makes this festival special and unlike any other in the country. “What’s beautiful about this sport is that when surfers are in the water, walls come down, differences and distinctions become irrelevant – the ocean will do that to you. We’re all just human beings united by a passion for good surf, out in the water chasing the next wave. Village folk and city folk alike, it doesn’t matter – and you’ll see that unity of different communities, countries, people when you walk through the festival grounds,” says Arun Vasu, 49, CMD, TT Group talking about the festival.advertisementPicture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) Also Read: 4 stories about Lord Ganesha you probably didn’t knowThe main events include a surfing competition where surfers from around the world take to the seas in the small fishing village. The year’s surfing ambassador is cricketer Jonty Rhodes and other celebrity guests include Murali Vijay and actors Jeeva, Arya and Veera. So, pack your bags, some sunscreen and head out to a festival that has something for everyone just like the city it was conceived in.Picture courtesy: Yoav Rosenthal (EarthSync) On August 25th to 27th; At Covelong Point Social Surf School, Kovalam; Log onto www.covelongpoint.com for registrations; Entry freelast_img read more

It’s a great feeling: Harshita Tomar after sailing bronze at Asiad

first_imgThree medals were added to India’s tally on Friday at Asian Games 2018 from the sport of sailing.One silver and two bronze came in sailing to take India’s tally to 62 including 13 gold, 22 silver and 27 bronze.Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar clinched silver in the 49er FX Women’s event and Harshita Tomar claimed bronze in the Open Laser 4.7.Varun Thakkar Ashok and Chengappa Ganapathy Kelapanda won bronze with a total of 53 after race 15 in the 49er men’s event.Congratulations to #Sailing #TeamIndia #VarshaGautham and #SwetaShervegar on winning a silverin the 49er FX Women event while #HarshitaTomar on winning a bronze in the Open Laser 4.7 at #AsianGames .#IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/DgqnqMX16VDept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) August 31, 2018The 20-year-old Varsha and 27-year-old Sweta combined to produce a total score of 40 after 15 races to finish second at the Indonesia National Sailing Centre here.Asian Games, Day 13: Live Updates16-year-old Harshita totalled 62 after race 12 to finish third.”It is a great feeling to win a medal for the country. I can’t explain it. It has been a great learning experience for me,” Harshita, a former swimmer, said after winning the medal.Govind Bairagi finished fourth in the Open Laser 4.7, while Nethra Kumanan finished fifth place in Laser Radial Sailing event.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more