Bull race or Indian way of surf.. Check it out..

Is it a surf festival or bull contest??? This summer, you’re unlikely to find anything more exotic than the Maramadi bull surfing festival, which is held post-harvest each August in India’s rural Kerala region. A football-size rice paddy outside the host village is chosen and flooded until the water stands about ankle deep. Then teams of three—two handlers and a surfer—line up with their yoked bull pair to see who can race across the quagmire the best. Handlers drive and guide the bulls along the length of field while the surfer is tasked with remaining upright in their wake. Often, the surfing member of the trio will begin by holding a rope and then move to holding a tail, and this is when the real shredding begins. Multiple awards are bestowed, with different categories for speed and style. And it’s serious fun, with teams putting in hours training their bulls and paying a 10,000-rupee fee for the chance to compete. Quite a bit of grooming and horn polishing goes into the steeds, too, so they look their best before jumping in the mud.

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The Maramadi festival is held post-harvest in the villages of the rural Kerala region of India each year. Image by Maramadi

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The race takes place on one day in August and lasts from noon until dusk. Image by WikiCommons

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Three people with two yoked bulls form a team. About 30 teams participate in each festival. Image by Rekla Race, Theni

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Often participates begin by holding a rope and move to holding a tail, which is when the real surfing begins. Image by Rekla Race, Theni

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The bull pair is set off charging and splashing across a flooded rice paddy about the size of a football field. Image by Rekla Race, Theni

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The field is soaked past saturation until the water on top is about ankle deep. Image by Dharohar Vacations & Holidays Pvt Ltd

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Before they get muddy, the bulls are neatly groomed, their horns polished and sometimes decorated. Image by Dharohar Vacations & Holidays Pvt Ltd

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It costs each team 10,000 rupees, nearly $200, to enter the race. Image by Kauthukam

via Indian ‘surfing festival’ gives new meaning to the term.

Also check-

http://blog.chillisauce.co.uk/no-bull-surfing-with-animals-at-the-maramadi-festival/

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