Adventures in India

ADVENTURES IN INDIA: PART ONE

for the  Beyond the Surface Film

Travel is a mirror that reflects us back to ourselves. The stripping away of creature comforts, routine and familiarities creates opportunities for revealing our truths.

India is a country steeped in contradiction; it is confronting and perturbing, but also deeply moving and magical.

India’s myriad saturated colors hint at the variety of cultures and philosophies that call the subcontinent home. More than one billion people live here; a seventh of Earth’s human population. Christians, Muslims, and Hindus all dwell amongst one another, and mostly peacefully.

The surfers here are patient and full of stoke. They wait with baited breath for swells to finally filter in. India’s young surf scene is sweet and endearing. Although our cultures are so very different, surfing brings us together and automatically bonds us a sea kin.

photo 4Indian schoolteachers stop to throw a few shakas with myself and yogini Kate Baldwin.

photo 2Ishita Malviya is India’s first female surfer. She has defied many traditional Indian cultural and social norms to follow her passion for riding waves. Her enthusiasm and cheekiness are contagious. We’ve been traveling together, with five other women surfers, along the Indian coastline and she’s been giving us insight with her local knowledge.

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In a relatively sleepy Indian West Coast town we happened to stumble upon an elephant procession on a felicitous evening surf check.

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In India, deities dwell all around. Taxi cab Ganesha statute, the remover of obstacles.

 

beach elephant ocean surf

 

 

 

Like humans, elephants are left or right handed, only they have a predominant tusk.

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Billabong team rider and founder of Beyond the Surface International Emi Koch, cross stepping in Kerala.

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Women in India are never shy to accessorize or combine bold colors.

photo 8The intricate shapes of architecture here go far beyond the boring squares and rectangles that characterize most of our buildings in the US.

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Getting comfy in my bus seat as we make our way to the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent.

 

manapad india women surf

Women communing on the front porch in Tamil Nadu.

 

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Fisher folk on the hunt

 

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We brought lots of toys to India. Local surfers say that they’ve never really seen traditional logging in their homeland.

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Driving in local style for a South Indian surfari.

 

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Behind the scenes of shooting the Beyond the Surface film.

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