A Class IX student, he has been surfing for five years and is the son of Anbarasau and Poonga, who fish and work as servants.
Kishore was spotted by locals surfing with a bodyboard in Kovalam. “The locals saw my talent and gave me a surfboard, and senior surf instructor Dharani started training me. Surf Turf Founder and SFI President Arun Vasu supports me and I would like to represent India at the world championship and the Olympics,” said Kishore, who is inspired by Brazil’s Gabriel Medina, the reigning world surfing champion.
Regarding the conditions at Panambur Beach, he said: “I have only been here for three days. The waves were falling, and I hope to catch some good waves in the finals. The waves in Chennai are faster,” he said.
SFI Vice President Rammohan Paranjpe said, “SFI will select the best talents from the Under 16 Grom category, train them under Appu Surf’s Manikandan and give them the opportunity to compete in international meets. . Our goal is to compete and win at the Olympics, he said.
Meanwhile, residents pinned their hopes on Raju Pujar, 14, and his brother Pradeep Pujar, 13, whose parents are domestic workers. The siblings are supported and trained by the Surfing Swami Foundation. They are from Badami and have been surfing at Mantra Surf School in Mulki for two years.
Difficult conditions on day 1
Other surfers who scored high are Manikandan D (12.6), Ramesh Budhial (12.33), Surya P (11.9), Sathish Saravanan (11.9) and Ajeesh Ali (11.66). Day one rounds saw surfers from Tamil Nadu dominate the proceedings, in both the men’s open and groms (under 16) categories. A total of 16 surfers from the men’s surf open category will battle it out in the quarter-finals on Saturday, to secure a place in the semi-finals, which will take place later in the day.
The groms (under 16) category was swept away by surfers from Tamil Nadu, as seven of the eight semi-finalists were from the state. Local boy Likhit S is the only semi-finalist in the category, to keep Karnataka’s hopes alive.
The day began with an energetic performance by students from the Alva Education Foundation, who performed Dollu Kunitha. The official opening of the event was made by AV Ramana, Chairman of the New Mangalore Port Authority. The three-day competition is hosted by Mantra Surf Club and is organized by the Surfing Federation of India (SFI), with Karnataka Tourism as title partners, Chennai-based TT Group as associate partners and action camera majors Go Pro as action. the partners.