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In its third edition, Summer Swell Challenge by Juan and Samai Reboul offers
music and skating besides action on the waves

surf1Spaniards Juan and Samai Reboul, who started the Kallialay Surf School in Pondicherry, in 2009 insist that surfing is an all new religion. Their annual Summer Swell Challenge (SSC), in its third edition, will be bigger this year, says Reboul, adding, “We are excited to see how the groms’ (first-timers) surfing will unfold. The quality of surfing will be more interesting and we can’t wait to see who will take home the prize.” Starting today, the event will include a skateboard competition,  stalls for food and accessories, and DJs.
Racing to win
With over 42 registrations as of now, Samai says he is expecting many last-minute sign ins. “We have a bunch of on-the-spot registrations. So far we have representations from Italy, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, USA, Basque country and Reunion Islands,” he says. It is a given that professionals are going to participate, but what about groms? “The competition is high level, but we welcome anyone who wants to be a part of the movement,” shares Reboul. Don’t expect lessons as “this is a professional surfing competition, and therefore requires a minimum level of surfing,” he says, pointing out that there will be an under-16 category (since last year saw an 11-year-old competitor). Also keeping in mind last year’s skating success, the duo has decided to repeat the event. “Though surfing will take centre stage, we anticipate skaters to shred the state-of-the-art ramp constructed by my father, Eric Reboul, for SSC. Last year, we saw 30 skaters, and this year we are hoping to see more than 50,” says Reboul, pointing out that custom boards, surf and skating gear will be given away as prizes.
Board select
Surfers can also pick up a new board at the event. “The high demand for boards by INDI meant we focussed a lot more on custom orders these last few months. Bookings for customised boards will also be taken on the spot,” says the surfing enthusiast, adding that all it takes for the sport “is swimming, and a love for the ocean.” Contributing to the development of a growing surf culture in the country, the event will see names like Pondicherry’s Percy and Raghul. ‘‘I started learning from a very young age and am also very passionate about scuba diving. The Reboul brothers are doing a great job,’’ says Percy, who is looking forward to his third year at the challenge.
From today till Sunday, from 6 am to 6 pm. Free entry. Details: surfschoolindia.com

—Mrinalini Sundar

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