Wednesday September 11, 2019 06:32:43
LONG WAVE: Arugam Bay has right had point breaks that draws surfers from all over the world
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will host a men’s qualifying series competition of the World Surf League at Arugam Bay with over a 125 surfers from 30 countries will take part, boosting the island’s positioning as a safe destination for surfers and tourists, officials said.
It is the second time the global body of professional golfers is holding the event in Sri Lanka.
The surfing completion is one of several events Sri Lanka is holding to mark World Tourism Day, as the country looks to boost its image as a safe destination and recover from the effects of a downturn after Easter Sunday events.
“This is an event that will help us tap into key Western markets,” Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chief Gomes said. “There will be competitors from the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Australia.”
Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said over 135 participants from around 30 countries will be in the competition.
WSL events have a large online following according to the WSL in addition to coverage from the surfing press and other media.
The WSL had made a security assessment in the wake of Easter Sunday blasts and were satisfied with the status.