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.