Udupi, Sep 28, 2015 : About 8 surfers from ’Shaka Surf Club’ from Kodibengre near here and ’Stoked Surfers’ Club’ from Mangaluru, took over the sea face with their surfboards and exhibited their talents at Malpe beach on Sept 27. The interest of people was roused on the beach.
Among the surfers were Charulata Somal, Assistant Commissioner of Kundapur Sub-Division, and also the well-known surfer Ishita Malaviya.
This was probably the first time that a demonstration of surfing was held at the Malpe beach by the district administration as part of the World Tourism Day celebrations. The intention of holding this demonstration was to promote water and adventure sports. This will naturally increase the custom to the pristine beaches in Udupi district. Promoting beach tourism in the district and State as it has been done in Kerala and Goa is vital.
Tushar Pathiyan along with Malaviya started the first surfing club – The Shaka Surf Club - at Kodibengre village near Udupi in 2007. The club was registered in 2012. Pathiyan completed his degree in architecture from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) here about four years ago. Malaviya is also an alumna of Manipal University. Both of them teach surfing.
They stated Shaka Surf Club also teaches surfing to local children and youth in Kodibengre village free of cost. People know little about surfing. Many people do not know swimming. It is time people are exposed to the joy of water sports.
Recalling the days, when they started the Club, Pathiyan said that there were only 10 surfers. Now after nearly nine years, people come from Delhi, Mumbai and other places of the country as well as foreigners to learn surfing in Kodibengre. Most of the surfing activities take place in Tamil Nadu. Coastal Karnataka too must to be a major hub of surfing. Beach culture and protecting the beaches is important.