Despite being smack dab between two established surfing destinations, the Maldives and Sri Lanka, and having plenty of shoreline suitable for surfing itself, India isn't exactly in the top tier for the sport and the scene is pretty much miniscule for a nation of over a billion people.
But things just got taken up a (small) notch: India just held its first surfing contest about a week ago.
The Ocean and Earth Indian Surfing Championship was held at Mamallapuram (that's on the east coast of Tamil Nadu in southern India, for those not up on their South Asian geography) and saw 70 surfers, from as far away as Mumbai, complete in five age groups/divisions. About 1000 people turned out to spectate at the event, held on August 13-14.
Temple Adventures, one of the event organizers, notes on their post-event coverage:
This weekend wasn't all about the championship, but [it was] mostly for meeting, greeting and getting to know the other surfers from this country. We all met some great and inspiring people, made contacts for the future and helped Indian surfing grow.