Spice Coast Open - 2013

The God’s own country, Kerala is home to some of the best beaches in India. Kovalam beach in Kerala with golden sands and vast stretch of water is one of the best beaches in Kerala, Around May, Just before the onset of monsoons, is the best time of the year to hold surfing competition and other surfing related events. Hence, Surfing Federation of India will be holding it's first official surfing and SUP competition.

Jonty Rhodes our surfing ambassador will be attending Spice Coast Open.

*All participants are requested to bring their original ID documents (Passport, Ration Card, Voters ID) to the event to be verified by SFI officials.
*Holders of PIO or OCI cards are not eligible to participate under local categories and are limited to open categories only. 
*Rs. 500 is the registration fee for each category participation for all surfers who are registering for Spice Coast Open. Under 16 category is excluded from paying the registration fee.
*SFI is providing food and free accommodation for Registered participants, starting from 2nd of May till 5th of May.
*Registration ends on 25th of April.
*All categories will require a minimum of 5 participants, otherwise that particular category will be cancelled.


Kovalam beach, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Phone: +919980845767, +919663141146


Friday, 3 May 2013 to Sunday, 5 May 2013


Spice Coast Open hot starts Indian surf scene!

India’s first official national Surfing and Stand up Paddle (SUP) competition got under way at the renowned beach town of Kovalam in Kerala on 3rd/ 4th/ 5th May 2013. 

Spice Coast Open Comp

Surfing Federation of India which is the national governing body for surfing in India organised this event with the support of Kerala Tourism Department. 

The three-day event had Surfing competition for groms (under 16), juniors (under 21), seniors (under 28) and masters (over 29) categories. The event also had SUP race for SUP enthusiasts with two categories under 25 and above 25. 

The event also saw few foreign surfers taking part in the Open category. All together, more than 100 participants from around the country took part in Spice Coast Open. 

The event also saw Jonty Rhodes, ex-South African cricketing star who is also an avid surfer, with a huge fan base in India inaugurating the event with some inspiring words to all the participants. Later he addressed the media about surfing, surf culture and praised the efforts of SFI in promoting the sport in India.

Surfing Federation of India had also roped in international ISA judges from Thailand to preside over the event. 

Over the course of three days, the event had excellent crowd turnout with a lot of curiosity to know about the sport of surfing. The event got extensive national media coverage and wide publicity throughout the duration of the event.

spice coast open contest

Spice Coast Open came to an end with prize distribution ceremony which included surf trophies, cash awards and many consolation prizes for winners and participants. 

spice coast open contest

Surfing Federation of India is already looking forward to next year to make Spice Coast Open a much bigger and better event than this year.

Here’s the list of Indian nationals who won the first official surfing competition in India held by Surfing Federation Of India.


1 – G. Ragul – Mahabalipuram
2 – Krishna – Kovalam, Kerala
3 – Remesh – Kovalam, Kerala


1 – Nissam – Kovalam, Kerala
2 – Deekshith – Mulki, Karnataka
3 – Dharani – Cove Along Point, Tamil Nadu


1 – D. Manikandan -  Cove Along Point, Tamil Nadu
2 – Santosh – Mahabalipuram, Chennai
3 – V. Vignesh – Cove Along Point, Tamil Nadu


1 – Shankar V – Tamil Nadu
2 – Murthy – Cove Along Point, Tamil Nadu
3 – Velu Murugan – Tamil Nadu


1 – Jyothi – Mulki, Karnataka
2 – Chetana - Mulki, Karnataka
3 – Atita – Bangalore