Surfing in Nepal and Bangladesh Grows in Popularity

A sport imbued with youthful values and energy, Surfing has a unique ability to connect with young people around the world. Following China that will compete in the ISA China Cup for the first time ever alongside Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and South Africa, Nepal and Bangladesh have joined the ISA as its newest Member Federations, further driving the expansion of Surfing in Asia.
20. 11. 2014

The growth of the sport in Asia has become a priority for the ISA as the organization aims to spread its core messages of respect, fair-play, excellence and innovation to more young people. Despite being a land locked country, there is a growing StandUp Paddle community in Nepal. Nepal National Surfing Association even did a StandUp Paddle Tour recently on Marshyangdi mountain river. By joining ISA, the association hopes to continue to provide motivation, hope and inspiration through Surfing, SUP and Adaptive Surfing.

Marshyangdi mountain river

The Bangladesh Surf Club, the governing body for Surfing in the South Asian country, was formed in 2003 with the support of Surfing the Nations – a humanitarian Surfing organization. Jafar Alam, President of the Surf Club, has been instrumental in the growth of Surfing in Bangladesh providing many young people with an identity.

surfing in Bangladesh

Jafar Alam, the President of the Bangladesh Surf Club

“There is a growing Surf community in Bangladesh and there are now many young men and women who are Surfing regularly, participating in beach clean-ups, learning lifesaving skills and training beginner Surfers. Our members now identify themselves as Surfers no matter what social group they were born into. Joining the ISA will enable us to help even more people to develop a better future through Surfing,” comments Jafar.

Photos: © Nepal National Surfing Association & Surfing Bangladesh


20. 11. 2014
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