Sri Lanka to host world surfing competition

08:55, May 18, 2010      

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Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka's eastern coast has been selected for the location to hold world qualifying surfing competition, officials from Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) said on Monday.

Dileep Mudadeniya, managing director of the SLTPB told reporters that 140 world class competitors are expected to take part in the event named "Sri Lankan Pro Surf 2010".

Mudadeniya said this event is organized by the SLTPB together with Sri Lankan Airlines.

"The event will be held from June 21 to 27,"Mudadeniya said.

He said the World Qualifying Surfing Series competition has reached Sri Lanka as a result of the ending of 30-year-long civil war between the government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels who had been fighting for a separate Tamil homeland in the north and east for more than two decades before they were defeated in May 2009.

According to Mudadeniya about 140 world class competitors from Australia, the United States, Germany, Portugal, Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, Indonesia, Hawaii, South Africa, England, Japan, France, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, New Zealand will be participating in the event.

"We have received about 250,000 tourists for the first quarter of this year and it is an increase of 50 percent from last year's arrivals," Mudadeniya said, adding that it is due to relaxation of travel advisories by several countries after ending the war in Sri Lanka in May 2009.

Located 320 km east of the capital Colombo, Arugam Bay is a popular surfing point with very long, consistent waves.



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