Sri Lanka to make waves at world surfing

The World League which was officially launched on Wednesday (4), will be held from September 25 to 29 and top surfers from around the world will compete.Beautiful Arugam Bay in the east coast of Sri Lanka will become a world famous venue for windsurfing events in the future as the venue will see the conduct of the So Sri Lanka Pro World Surf League WSL event that will attract about 124 surfers from 22 countries..

Members of the World Surf League, Sri Lanka Surfing Federation and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau along with Lanka Sportreizen attended the launch of this milestone event at the premises of NOC of Sri Lanka.

The standard is so high at the World League that Sri Lankans will have to face a qualifying event on September 23 and 24. Only eight surfers stand to receive a wild card entry.The last time an event of World Class Surfing was held at Arugam Bay in 2011, Julian Wilson became the first World Champion surfer and remained champion for a long time. This was revealed by Hiran Ukwatte, the president of the Sri Lanka Surfing Federation.

Steve Robertson of Australia who is the Manager of the World Surf League Asia Tour and is back for the event, said that he was impressed with the natural scenic locations of Sri Lanka and is happy to be working with the Sri Lanka group.

Chairman of Lanka Sportreizen Thilak Weerasinghe is a veteran water sports lover for all seasons and said that water sport thrives in Sri Lanka because of the warm water prevalent throughout the year.

And Mr. Kishu Gomes , Chairman of Tourism Promotions revealed that this event will be important for tourism in Sri Lanka and more tourists will be attraced to asari lanka and  it has confirmed that Sri Lanka is a safe country to visit. And Further more, he emphasise that Sri Lanka has become so famous for its tourism that the island has won the first prize for Adventure Tourism, an award to be presented in Vietnam later this month.

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