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.