Teenager Kishore Kumar stole the show by winning the Men’s International Open here at the Covelong Classic Surfing Championships on Sunday.
In the final near here against Sri Lankan surfer S Praneeth, 14-year-old Kishore maneuvered the waves well to win the race by a slim margin of 0.17 points. Ajeesh Ali got the third place in this category.
In the Groms event (boys under 16), Kishore Kumar won the final, finishing five points ahead of R Naveenkumar. He scored 15.16 points while Naveenkumar got 10 points.
“I just wanted to perform well at the International Open, but I never thought I would win the race. I’m glad it helped me perform easily in the Groms as well,” Kishore said.
At the Women’s Open, defending champion Srishthi Selvam retained her title by a whopping 7 points over Kamali P who had to settle for second place as her second highest wave count was ruled a foul. technical.
In the Men’s Open final, Ajeesh Ali was crowned national champion with a score of 15.60 after beating Kishore Kumar (11.17 points).
The Men’s Open saw 61 surfers compete.
Ajeesh Ali with this victory at the Covelong festival finished 1st in the national ranking for the season of the year 2022.
The novice (12 and under) category, making its national championship debut, saw P Harish win the title with 16 points, followed by Prahlad S (12.57), Thanishqa M (5.96) and Yadhveer Mahajan 4 .90.
The awards were distributed by Tamil Nadu Chief Police Officer C Sylendra Babu in the presence of Kovalam Panchayat Chairman Shobhana Sundar and Indian Surfing Federation Chairman Arun Vasu.
“Covelong Classic was a huge success just in terms of the number of participants who took part in the event. The International Open and the festival added glamor to this event. All this helps us achieve our goal of spreading the sport of surfing in the country,” said Arun Vasu.