The first professional female surfing athlete in India (Part 2)

In addition to the difficulty of transmitting surfing to the people, Malaviya also faces many limitations such as meager economic resources, opposition from family and relatives.

She had to resell her sewing machine and exercise machine to get enough money to buy used boards. After that, she and her boyfriend sold sports shoes for additional costs.

Over the years, Shaka Surf has created a community to share the passion for surfing and engage with each other through the sport.

In addition to surfing, participants also experience other disciplines such as breakdancing, skateboarding, yoga and the martial arts Capoeira. Malaviya also often organizes sports workshops, survival skills at the local school.

“When we first started, everyone thought we were losing our minds and wasting our time in the beach,” Malaviya said.

Help poor children and change negative views surf women

Due to physical constraints, children in the suburbs often have less access to education and are taught survival knowledge for themselves. That leads to the children here often have low self-esteem compared to their peers living in the city.

In addition to the practice hours, she and her students assist the local authorities in cleaning up rubbish on the beach, building toilets, calling on volunteers to paint the school and helping the school escape the scene was closed due to low enrollment rates.

Her club has also raised money to help some children who have financial difficulties can go to school.

Besides, she also desires to promote Konkan beach to become a famous surfing spot in the world. “We welcome people of all ages, all genders and any country to us,” the female surfing athlete said.

In 2014, a surfing documentary called “Beyond The Surface” was made based on the lives of Malaviya and other female surf athletes. This film contributed to the equality of men and women in India.

Malaviya calls for equality for women through surfing

Thanks to her contributions in changing the negative view of surfing, Malaviya became one of the Indian women to be honored in the 30 Under 30 Asia 2019 in the entertainment and sports category.

The first professional female surfing athlete in India (Part 1)

Not only helping coastal children improve their survival skills, Ishita Malaviya also wants to change the negative view of surfing for women.

Ishita Malaviya (from Mumbai) defies the objections of her parents and those around her to become the first female surfing athlete in India.

She now runs the surf club Shaka Surf and a camp called Namaloha on the coast of Karnataka, India. In addition, she is the image ambassador for surfing fashion brand Roxy.

Ishita Malaviya became the inspiration for many Indian women

In the face of gender discrimination in India, girls do not have too many perks for themselves nor are they legally protected. The fact that a girl is wearing a bikini and surfing in the middle of the sea is a strange and strange image to Indian people.

Malaviya’s journey inspired many women in India – who are victims of sexism – to dare to fight and fulfill their dreams.

From a student journalism to a surfing athlete

Ishita Malaviya started her passion for surfing in 2007 when he was inspired by a German exchange student. She was then a journalism student at Manipal University.

In 2011, when he realized that the sport was too little known in India, Malaviya formed a surfing club called Shaka Surf with her boyfriend. At that time, her club was one of the first surfing organizations in India.

The Shaka Surf Club operates mainly in the village of Kodi Bengre – on the coast of Konkan – where many fishermen work as fishermen.

The Indian girl founded a surfing club to share her passion for the sport

Although it is a fishing village, many fishermen and children cannot swim. Therefore, Malaviya brought surfing to Kodi Bengre with the desire to help children and people here improve their survival skills when living near the sea.

At first, many people were afraid of exposing their children to a new and somewhat dangerous sport. However, after a lot of advocacy efforts, some parents also agreed to let their children follow Malaviya to learn how to swim and surf.

Despite the differences in languages ​​spoken by people in the Kannada dialect, Malaviya and the children try to understand each other in English in combination with body language.