Ishita Malaviya, India’s first female surfer, teaches young girls not only how to surf but also to be whoever they want to be. Watch her inspirational story here.
In a country of over a billion people when Ishita Malaviya first picked up a surfboard and learnt how to ride the waves of the Indian Ocean she became the first Indian female surfer. Surprised at this accolade as she was, she was adamant that she wouldn’t be the only one. Now she and her boyfriend have started a surfing school in India and teach girls from nearby villages how to be queens of the ocean.
In a culture where people seek fairer complexions Ishita chose to pursue her passion under the harsh sun. By doing so she has attempted to open the doors for so many women who too seek the same rush that she got the first time she rode a wave back to shore. Her efforts are not in vain, ‘it’s a strong image of woman surfing the ocean.
Ishita grew up ‘assuming there are no waves in India’. From her we have learnt that sometimes if there are no waves to be seen you have to create them yourself. Follow her story, and of the many others like her on: http://www.browngirlsurf.com/
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