24 August, 2019 – Covelong Point, India:  Excellent wave conditions on Day One of the REnextop Asian Surfing Tour (RAST) event allowed a full day of surfing with Men’s Quarterfinalists in both Shortboard and Longboard as well as Women’s Shortboard and Longboard Finalists selected at India’s Covelong Point today as part of the Covelong Point Surf, Yoga, & Music Festival.

Tomorrow will see the conclusion of the competition, which will cap off a four day run of great waves, good vibes, music and yoga in the small fishing village of Covelong on India south east coast just about an hour’s drive from the city of Chennai.

Local surfer Manikandi “Appu” fought his way into the Men’s Shortboard Quarterfinals where he will take on Mega Artana from Bali, Indonesa tomorrow in a man-on-man dual tomorrow.  “The waves have been so good the last few days here for our National event and now the RAST event, so I’ve been able to put together some good heats and progress,” said Appu.  “The last couple of months the waves have been really small, but coming into this event we’ve suddenly had great waves.  I’m about 80 kgs now, so I need some bigger waves, and oday was perfect for me,” he added smiling.

Surfers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Reunion Island, the Philippines, have come to this quaint fishing village to join in the 7th annual Covelong Point event, which has grown exponentially over the years to be the most popular surfing event of the year in India.
Tomorrow will see the conclusion of the RAST #2 event and an amazing lineup of bands and fun to round out another incredible Covelong Point Surf, Yoga and Music Festival.

Action will get underway at 7:30 tomorrow morning, starting with the Men’s Shortboard Division.
See all the heat scores and the lineups at https://www.liveheats.com/events/2045

Men’s Shortboard Quarterfinalists:
Mega Artana vs Manikandani D (Appu)
Ahmed Hishaam Shaheem vs Ismail  Miglal
Didaqt vs Sanjay Selvamani
Dhanny Widianto vs  Ramesh H

Men’s Longboard Quarterfinalists
Marvan Abat vs Dhany Widianto
Deni Firdaus vs Didaqt
Dean Permana vs Jerome Mondon
Arip Nurhidayat vs Werewat Kuru

Women Shortboard Finalists
Dhea Natasya
Suhasini Damain
Annissa Tita Flynn
S. Vilassini

Women’s Longboard Finalists
Dhea Natasya
Suhasini Damian
Annissa Tita Flynn
Ishita Malaviya
Athiya Junprasert


About the REnextop Asian Surfing Tour
Through this series of competitions, REnextop will strengthen the integration of China’s surfing community with the international surfing world to provide more opportunities, communication avenues and interactions. Surfers from various countries in the Asia-Pacific region including Japan, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan are invited to compete in these events.
REnextop is Asia’s first platform dedicated to helping extreme sportsmen and independent athletes to realize their dreams, and surfing is one of the most important extreme sports in REnextop.
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About the Asian Surf Cooperative
The Asian Surf Cooperative is a professional surfing organization with over 14 years of experience in the organizing, managing and supporting surfing events around the Asian region, from local boardriders club competitions to WSL World Championship Tour events.
The Asian Surf Cooperative provides event management, live scoring, ISA certified judges, contest directors, digital photography and videography, event media packages, rankings, media coverage and distribution, and also assists the ISA in organizing Surf and SUP Instructor and International Judging courses.
From local grassroots boardriders and junior events to specialty and WCT events, the ASC’s purpose and goal remains the same:  To grow the sport of surfing in the Asian region by offering reliable and consistent resources and assistance to both small and large organizations who are helping to make Asia’s surfing athlete’s dreams come true.

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About the Covelong Point Surf, Yoga, and Music Festival
Now in its 7th year, the Covelong Point Surf, Yoga, and Music Festival is the creation of Arun Vasu and Yotam Agam, who followed on the success of the Covelong Point social project (an EarthSync documentary on the rise of surf culture in Covelong and the use of surfing as a catalyst for positive change in the tsunami afflicted South Indian village) by creating and sustaining a yearly event that keyed around and annual national surfing competition but has grown yoga and music in a 3-day festival that draws upwards of 20,000 attendees each year.