Kitesurfing India

Manapad Classic - 2015


The first edition of the National level Adventure Water Sports event titled, “Manapad Classic – Sail & Surf Festival”, was held between 9th to 11th January, 2015 at Manapad village, Tuticorin district in Tamilnadu. This was a unique event and a first of its kind in India wherein four major Adventure Water Sport events, namely Sailing, Kite Boarding, Kayaking & Stand Up Paddle were held simultaneously.

Athletes assemble for the opening ceremony of Managed Classic, 2015

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Story Behind Cover Shot - National Geographic Traveller India

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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