Surfing The Nations, a non-profit humanitarian organisation based in Wahiawa, Hawaii, has stepped up to promote surfing in Bangladesh. STN is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in Bangladesh and a group of 24 surfers are now in the country on the occasion to equip, mobilise and train the local surfers.
STN, whose motto is “Surfers Giving Back”, expressed full confidence with their initiative. “The coastline of Cox’s Bazar presents the most suitable atmosphere for the surfers as there are no threats of stones and sharks. The sandy coast makes it ideal for the budding surfers as well as the seasoned. Although the waves of Hawaii are bigger, Cox’s Bazar presents an ideal disposition,” said Zach Trien, a renowned surfer.
Andy Keeffe, another popular STN surfer, echoed the same tune. “We are excited to be in Bangladesh. We see a bright future of surfing here. Every ingredient of making the sport popular is present here,” said Andy.
STN made their first trip to Cox’s Bazar in late 2003. Two years later, history was created as the first ever surf contest was held upon the shores of Bangladesh under the guidance of STN. The first ever national championship will also be held on April 26 and 27 in their presence.
The newly-formed Bangladesh Surfers Association hoped to work closely with STN and national tourism promoter Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation also pledged to work together in a press conference held at the Bangladesh Olympic Association auditorium. Surfers association president FM Iqbal bin Anwar Dawn and BPC media director Parvez Ahmed Chowdhury were also present on the occasion.