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Why Shooting Star Trails is Awesome

26
Feb
2015
This shot could have been the best of the lot, if it wasn't for those damn clouds which kept passing over the monument. This image is a compilation of only 60 photos, it was originally supposed to have had about 150 photos put together.

For over a month now, I have been stagnant and not living out of a suitcase, which has been a blessing in-fact. During this period, I have been able to re-organize myself, my workflow, test my new camera equipment, learn some new things and I even launched my newly re-designed website which is looking fantastic. 

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Story Behind Cover Shot - National Geographic Traveller India

31
Mar
2014
Kitesurfing India_National Geographic Traveller India.

In mid January, just after wrapping up a quick tour with Indian skateboarders from their first ever skateboarding event called The Third Eye Tour, I was back home for just couple of days before I packed my bags again to head deep down south for yet an another trip that had adventure, business and a bit of catch up to do with friends. 

A highly comfortable over night train ride took me to this muted railway station at Tuticorin, an exceptionally uncharacteristic feature for a railway station in India. About 20 minutes later, my friendKishore pulled in and soon we were driving to Manapad through the temple town of Thiruchendur. Altogether an hour's drive from Tuticorin. 

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Trials & Tribulations at Arabian Sea

04
Jan
2014
Closing Out Surf.

With a blink of an eye 2013 went by and we are ready to embrace 2014 with redeemed hopes and aspirations, a year which should be quite monumental to country and it's people. I saw a lot of people posting on social media on how 2013 was an awesome year for them. It seems everyone enjoyed quite a bit of success. I too had a remarkable year with plenty of travels, met many interesting people, captured amazing photographs, experienced adrenaline pumping adventures and spiritually I grew as a person too. Amidst all these, learning new things was also a big part of 2013. I tried to grab every opportunity which came my way to learn new things, hone my skills and just try to give a better output in all the things I do in my life.

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Surfing Renaissance Sets East Coast on Fire

12
Oct
2013
Perfect Barrel Riding Treats.

The battle of supremacy as begun with the growing surf scene in India. Surfers from west coast and east coast are toughening out and it seems east coast surfers are far more dominant and way ahead.

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On Top of the World - Relish the Challenge

09
Jul
2013
Stand Up Paddling at an Altitude of 16,000 ft.

As I sit down to write a blog post for Cinthol's "Relish the Challenge" campaign for third week in a row, I see myself in the middle of nowhere and part of an unique expedition which has set a world record. 

Exactly, two months ago I met April Zilg a friend of mine in a tiny cafe deep down in Kovalam, Kerala. We discussed about a possible Stand Up Paddle expedition in higher altitudes of Himalayas. The idea sounded somewhat offbeat and very challenging to me, since no one else have ever stand up paddled beyond 6,000 ft altitude, where as our expedition would actually begin at 12,000 ft and go beyond. 

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Kiteboarding - The Next Challenge

18
Jun
2013
Kiteboarding - Alive is Awesome

Kiteboarding as taken India by storm. It's an exhilarating extreme water sport combining many other forms like wakeboarding, windsurfing, paragliding and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kitesurfer uses his different sized kites accordingly to harness the power of wind on a small surfboard to be propelled across the water at mind blowing speeds depending on the wind conditions. Can you visualise jumping 30 foot straight off of flat water with no ramp or kicker ? Ski or Snowboard ? and then pulling off all wakeboarding moves with one large kite and no boat 

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Motorcycling in Ladakh - Relish the Challenge

13
Jun
2013
Taking Pride.

Cinthol - Relish the ChallengeThere is a Ladakhi saying that "The Land is so barren and passes are so high that only our worst enemies or best friends would want to visit us". Ladakh had always been on my mind ever since I heard stories and saw pictures from this Himalayan region which has some of the world's most breath taking & awe-inspiring landscapes with vicious roads to navigate through some of the highest motorable passes in the world. Plainly speaking, it is one of the most relishing challenges for a biker to ever come across.

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Spice Coast Open - Wrap Up

27
May
2013
Lighthouse Surf at Kovalam.

It was immense pleasure to witness, India’s first official national Surfing and Stand up Paddle (SUP) competition at the renowned beach town of Kovalam in Kerala on 3rd/ 4th/ 5th May 2013.

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Ocean Bath - Arabian Sea

10
Nov
2012
Happy to Pose

Cinthol - Alive is Awesome“hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...” - Van MorrisonThere is something about the oceans, which has drawn me to it ever since I was a kid. Most of my travels, photography, and adventures have all been centred around oceans and islands. Oceans have this remarkable power of drawing you to its vastness and might. Any simple encounter with the ocean can leave an everlasting impression and create memories in your's mind forever.

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Stand Up Paddling - Backwaters of Shyambhavi River.

08
Nov
2012
Serene River Shyambhavi

Cinthol - Alive is Awesome

Heading into the last week of blogging for “Alive is Awesome” campaign, I thought of taking a break from my regular chores and I headed straight to our surf club, which is located on the coastal region of Karnataka. I was hoping to catch some surf, get tanned and have some fun with my buddies. But luck wasn't on my side as far as the surf was concerned. Nevertheless ocean and rivers can be the biggest playgrounds if you are adventurous and willing to go an extra mile for some pure fun and action.

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Ride the Barrel & Get Pitted - Lakshadweep Islands

29
Oct
2012
Trevor Getting Pitted

Cinthol - Alive is Awesome"I took off on a wave, went down the side, popped out the other end, and went, s***, I'm still ALIVE !!" - Greg Noll (on surfing Waimea Bay for the first time, 1957) There's no greater feeling than surfing and the feeling of being part of the ocean, riding a crafted board. The freedom, joy, adventure and creativity all rolled into one. The power of the wave pushing you combined with movement across, up and down the face, as you gain speed. That is the most thrilling aspect. 

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WILD WILD WEST - Rio Tampaon, Mexico

28
Oct
2012
Rio Tampaon

Cinthol - Alive is Awesome

I have heard a lot about Mexico since I was young. Mexico’s uncouth natural beauty, its people, the food and the culture have always fascinated me. I was very anxious to travel to this land of eagles and snakes. The fact that I have many Mexican friends, made it sweeter and I was eagerly waiting for some real adventure.

Huasteca is one place in central Mexico surrounded by lush Sierra Madre mountains and some of the most pristine rivers in the world flowing through it's stretches. I saw some adventure here when on a project for about a couple of months.

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Monsoon Memories - River Cauvery Adventures

22
Oct
2012
Jumping with Style

Cinthol - Alive is Awesome

Sometimes we live adventure, we play adventure and we smell adventure. Monsoon is the name of the game. Monsoons are the lifeline of India. Almost entire economy and prosperity of the nation depends on it. You don't have to go too far seeking adventures in exotic places. If you look carefully, you may find exciting escapades existing right in your backyard. One such memorable experience which I look forward to every year is monsoons.

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Andamans - An Adventure Getaway

20
Oct
2012
Pristine Waters of Andamans

Cinthol - Alive is Awesome Floating in a splendid isolation, to the east of Indian sub-continent, is the archipelago of around 239 islands called the Andaman Islands. Considered to be one of the most intriguing places on the planet, the Andamans has a number of indigenous tribes, and an endless variety of exotic flora and fauna. The island also consists of a rare avifauna, underwater marine life, and corals. With crystal clear waters and evergreen mangrove forests, the Andamans offers a mesmerizing view of nature at it's best.

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Cliff Jumping - St Mary's Island

15
Oct
2012
St Mary's Island from a distance.

Cinthol - Alive is Awesome

Coconut Island, popularly known as St Mary's Island, is a tiny strip of land in the Arabian sea, off the coast of Malpe, Karnataka. This island was formed by sub-aerial, sub-volcanic activity, and apparently was once a part of Madagascar before it drifted away some millions of years ago. The island is full of crystallized basalt rock - a unique geological formation of hexagonal shape.

And who named the Island St.Mary's? Well, according to a local legend, in the year 1498, Vasco da Gama landed at St.Mary's Island, fixed a cross and named the island - O Padara de Santa Maria as a dedication to St.Mary, before he proceeded to Calicut.

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The Turtle Bath - Swimming with Giant Turtles, Lakshadweep Islands

11
Oct
2012
Paradise on Earth

Cinthol - Alive is AwesomeAbout 250 miles off the Malabar Coast of India, lies chain of Islands called Lakshadweep, literally meaning " A hundred thousand islands". However, it consists of only 36 islands and only 10 are inhabited by natives today. These islands are virtually untouched by modern civilization, and therefore can easily be classified as one of the last few unspoiled destinations left on the planet.

These islands boast of turquoise hued clear waters, warm seas, white sands and an extended canopy of palms. Sparkling coral reefs glittering through the pellucid waters are home to varieties of life forms. Amidst all these spectacular setup, Lakshadweep has an amazing number of giant turtles that are centuries old.

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An Epic of Great Proportions - [Part 1]

16
Nov
2011

Exactly around 6 months ago, Surfing India or as we are now officially called "Surfing Federation of India" started the first surf tours to some of the world's best hidden surf spots which are nicely tucked along the vast coast of India and it's islands.

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Hail Gritty Surfers

02
Jun
2011
Surfers Path

I think surfers are the most chilled athletes and the most blessed of all other athletes in one sense. Apart from surfing epic waves around the world comes traveling, experiencing different culture, people, exotic food and an opportunity to blend into local customs and traditions. What more can you ask for ? Yet, all this comes at a cost where a surfer must be willing to leave his abode or comfort zone and travel many miles into unknown land, people, culture and almost into new horizon of bewilderment. Not just that, there is always unanticipated hurdles and hardships in pursuit of waves outside one's own home break. But where's the fun ? If everything is too perfect with no uncertainty and without any excitement of triumphing adversities.

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