Asanka Waduge (centre) being cheered on by other participants and crowd

After three days of intense competition upon the waters of Arugam Bay, Asanka Waduge with 15.5 points was crowned champion of the second edition of Red Bull Ride My Wave. He received US $ 1,000 prize money.

With 10.3 points, K. H. Lasitha Prabath was a close second was rewarded with US $ 750, followed by Jordin Griffin who came in third for a prize of US $ 500.

“What an event! With over three days of heats, the swells and breaks of Arugam Bay really put my skills to the test. Not to mention the fierce competition that I faced with so many people competing! I am honoured to be part of such a meaningful contest from Red Bull, who has truly given Sri Lanka’s waves the recognition they truly deserve,” said Waduge after the event.

The event held between July 23rd and 25th, saw 55 of domestic and international surfers take on the waves of the island’s eastern coastline.

The event was hosted by officials from the Association of Surfing Professionals and was run under international surf competition regulations.

The local surfers were also pleased to welcome their foreign counterparts to their home waters, with Praneeth Sandaruwan saying that “Red Bull has given us the opportunity to showcase our talents on a global platform, make new friends and learn from them whilst promoting our country as one of best surfing destinations in the world”

“Surfers from around the world came together at one of Sri Lanka’s most famous waves, Arugam Bay. Uniting this surf family not only for the love of riding waves but uplifting Sri Lanka’s emerging surf culture,” said Kai Linder, Sporting Director of Red Bull Ride My Wave 2015.