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Show FeaturesPaddle4Relief sponsors ISA training for Sri Lankan surfers

Posted by Admin on Monday 26th September, 2011 @ 10:29 GMT
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Ten of Sri Lanka's top surfers and members of Arugam Bay Surf Club received formal ISA (International Surfing Association) Training following the Sri Lankan Airlines Pro 2011 Surf Event in Arugam Bay. The young talented surfers were trained by the ISA's Coaching & Instructing Program Official Presenter for Sri Lanka, Adrian Sorati, from Australia.
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Tim Tanton – Overseas Fundraising Manager of SFSL and Founder/Chairman of P4R

The programme was sponsored by ASP Australasia, Arugam Bay Beach Wear, ISA, Paddle4Relief (UK) and the Surfing Federation of Sri Lanka.

Click to view full imageAdrian, an ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) Australasia Contest Official, is well known to the young surfers following the 2010 Sri Lankan Airlines Pro. Adrian, along with Tim Tanton from the UK based charity P4R, are at the forefront of developing surfing in Sri Lanka. Tim and Adrian have been close friends since their collaboration in promoting Sri Lankan Surfing since 2010 with ASP Australasia General Manager and World Tour Director, Dane Jordan.

Tim, Paddle4Relief's Founder and Chairman, and the Overseas Fundraising Manager for the Surfing Federation of Sri Lanka, approached Adrian following a meeting with Arugam Bay Surf Club (ABSC) Secretary, Krishantha Ariyasena and ABSC main sponsor and advisor, Ajaiy Virr Singh, Founder and Chief Executive of Arugam Bay Beach Wear. Tim accepted the position of organising an Internationally recognised Surf Instructors Training qualification for some of the local surfers from Arugam Bay.

Ajaiy of Arugam Bay Beach Wear recognises the importance of surfing to not only Sri Lanka's economy, but also to the coastal communities like those in Arugam Bay. He realises the importance of the ABSC development in providing opportunities to the local surfers, possibly world wide opportunites!

Ajaiy, Tim, Adrian and Dane, are amazed at the potential both Arugam Bay surfers, and those from other areas of Sri Lanka have. They acknowledge the enthusiasm and dedication that a number of the surfers have for their chosen sport.

Due to the success of this years training course, Tim and Adrian, along with the backing of Alan Atkins of the ISA, and together with Sri Lankan's first qualified Kitesurfer, Dilsiri Welikala, will provide another training programme in 2012. It is hoped that surfers from the south and west of the island will be able to attend and so build a professional core of surf instructors around the coast of Sri Lanka.

Click to view full imageThose participating were : Krishantha Ariyasena, Lafeer Fawas, T.Janith, A.H.Sril Praneeth, A.H.Roshantha, A.H.Milan, P.Francis, R.Aravin, K.H.Lesitha Prabath, P.B.Praneeth Sadaruwan.
All ten of the trainees passed the initial 2 day Level 1 Instructor Program and are now in the process of completing the 20 Hours of Instructor Training Practical Assessment that is required before a final examination in 2012.

They were fortunate to have two enthusiastic student volunteers on the day in Sally and Natasha from Australia, who enjoyed the whole experience.

Special mention to Tiki Surf International and Sunset Surfboards for their support in providing equipment thro P4R and to Fred of Siam View Guest House, Arugam Bay, for providing the local surf club with a base to work from.

Photos (c) AiyaSurfPhotography
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