An inspirational story about Ishita Malaviya, India's first female surfer who challenged the norms of her culture and now inspires other young girls of the community to get out there and just have a go

by Bec 8 October 2015

India isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of surfing, but alas, being surrounded by water, there sure are waves!

Surfing in India isn’t common. And it most definitely isn’t common for women. We couldn’t be more inspired by Ishita Malaviya, India’s first female surfer who challenged the norms of her culture and took up surfing. She now now inspires and teaches other young girls of the community to get out there and just have a go.

We are so inspired by the efforts of Ishita as they align with our values as a business particularly empowering women to participate in water activities.

Brown Girl Surf have created the above short film with the help of ‘Storytellers for Good’, to document the inspiring story of India’s first female surfer.

Ishita’s vibrant smile and sparkling eyes represent her joy and passion for surfing. She has founded her own surf school with her boyfriend, the Shaka Surf Club and models for Roxy in her spare time.

Ishita is joined by a unique and talented group of women –
Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Liz Clark, Lauren Hill, Emi Koch, and Kate Baldwin to feature in a Dave Homcy Film – Beyond the Surface. With unshakable determination for a better world, they travel through India documenting the ways in which surfing, yoga, and ecological creativity are bringing hope and fueling change for local people and the world.

Photo credit: Ming Nomchong

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