India, the “Shangri-La of Surfing”

by Owen James Burke

India is the second most populous country in the world. Somehow, even with it’s relatively small but numerous and very surf-worthy waves, of the 1.2 billion people living in India there reportedly only exist about 150 surfers.

A handful Indian surfers from various backgrounds discuss their new infatuation with riding surf and developing their philosophies, cultures and communities around the sport.

“No leash, no wax — I didn’t know. What is that? I just tied it with a coconut rope…it’s a good feeling, the first day.”

“I’m originally a fishermen, so it’s really helped me with the foot moves, so I’m very comfortable in the water, and also comfortable on the board.”

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