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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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Being India's First and only Surf Photographer - Relish the Challenge.

14
Jun
2013
Surfer Frenchy Riding Giants.

Cinthol - Relish the ChallengeThere's no stylist fixing the model's hair, there is no blown lights, no heckling by the models and definitely I am not in the comfort of well equipped studios. It's just me, surfers, waves and water all around me. But there are fiberglass boards rocketing towards me at an incredible speed, the waves are constantly rolling by. Depending on the size it could be pretty intimidating at times. Well of course, I can't ignore some incredible creatures like shark, jelly fish and reefs around me and worry about getting myself shredded by them.

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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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Gulf of Mannar - Yeah, It is that good !

08
Jun
2013
Train Passes the Railways Bridge at Rameswaram.

Probably the name sounds too exotic and foreign to many but then Gulf of Mannar is an arm of the Indian Ocean lying between southern tip of India and the west coast of Sri Lanka. Today Gulf of Mannar is declared as an important biosphere reserve, which is home to world's richest and rarest marine life and is renowned for it's coral reef systems, sea grass and algal life.

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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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The Varanasi Contemplation

06
Apr
2013
The Colorful Kshameshvar Ghat, Varanasi.

The unprecedented torrential rains hit across entire eastern Uttar Pradesh around the time of Basant Panchami, the last Shahi Snan. This resulted in massive disorder across Kumbha Mela, throwing life out of gear, making it harder for people to leave or enter the Mela area. We miraculously managed to get out of the Mela premises with minimal hindrances to our next destination, Varanasi.

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Maha Kumbha Mela - The Biggest Spiritual Spectacle on Earth

27
Feb
2013
Sangam, Confluence of Holy Rivers.

They came by the millions! Some arrived on overcrowded trains carrying five times their normal capacity. Some came by bus, by car, some by ox drawn carts, and others rode on horses, camels, and even elephants. The rich and famous chartered private planes and helicopters, while the less affluent came on foot carrying their bed rolls and camping equipment in heavy bundles on their heads. Wave after wave, they formed a veritable river of humanity that flowed onto the banks of the Ganges at Allahabad to celebrate the greatest spiritual festival ever held in the history of the world, the Kumbha Mela. - Jack Hebner and David Osborn

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WINNING - CINTHOL ALIVE IS AWESOME CAMPAIGN

28
Jan
2013
Cinthol - Alive is Awesome Winner

Posting this a bit late on my site, but nevertheless still stoked to share the news of me winning Cinthol's - Alive is Awesome blogging campaign. Sometime back in September, I had received a call from CreativeLand Asia (one of the biggest ad agencies in the country) to be part of what they called Alive is Awesome blogging campaign conducted by Cinthol. At that time,I was just about to go on a surf trip to Lakshadweep Islands and hence had to tell them to wait until I get back. A few weeks later, I was contacted again and was again asked to be part of the blogging campaign by sharing many of my adventures through my writing and photos. I was on board !!

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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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Lock, Stock, Smoking Barrels

05
Oct
2012
Satya's with a tropical twist.

India, is the new found surf destination on the international map. Surfers, film makers, magazines are smitten by what India has got to offer, everyone want's a slice of India's best kept secret, surf spots.

Apart from world class waves, what everyones cribs about India is it's amazing food, culture and the hospitality of people. You don't get all these together anywhere else, there's gotta be only few places on the planet and India happens to be one amongst them. This year was no different with spirited free surfers from Goldcoast, Australia, who descended upon Indian shores to surf the world's best waves with the maximum crowd of less than half a dozen.

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Pre Monsoon Surf - Biggest Swell of the Year

06
Jun
2012
Surfers Assemble - Mangalore Jetty

Surfing in India, is at it's infancy stage but with great prospects of being one of the main adventure and extreme sports in India.

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Sun Temple at Konark

29
Feb
2012
View of the sanctum.

I happened to be in Puri, Odisha to attend India's first surf festival and my responsibilities were around the festival documenting and promoting India's surf scene. But then just about 6 kms away was the beautiful Sun Temple of Konark, a familiar name which I had heard since from my early schooldays. According to a recent poll, it's one of the seven wonders of India and it's declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

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India Surf Festival - 2012

17
Feb
2012

Surfing Yogis headed by Sampu Samntaray had long weaved a dream of bringing all Indian surfers, local artists, musicians and introduce Stand up Paddle in the state of Orissa to promote eco-tourism and on February 7th-2012, India held it's first surf festival at Puri, Orissa.

The festival kicked off in a spectacular way at the venue known as Lotus resorts which is located at Puri-Konark marine drive. The venue was in an ideal location to hold an event such as this, because of it's own private beach, lagoon, a river mouth and a potential surf break.

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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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Ladakh - Monks, Monasteries & Mountains [Part - 2]

16
Oct
2011

After showcasing some of Ladakh's landscape images, I am further reaching out with my pictures which depicts the essence of Ladakh, Tibetan Buddhism. If Ladakh has some of the most beautiful mountains, it does also have some serene monasteries on top of these mountains and Tibetan monks of the old times. Monasteries and Tibetan culture dates back to many centuries ago, with various schools and sects branched across the region. Enjoy the post !!

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Ladakh - Captivating Landscapes [Part -1]

07
Oct
2011

I had been desiring and dreaming about Ladakh for the last 3 years. I had seen tons of beautiful pictures, had heard many stories and adventures of intrepid travelers, photographers, trekkers, hikers and bikers riding through some of the highest mountain passes and brisking their way past the serene monasteries and landscapes of the region. For people, who don't know much about Ladakh, Ladakh is also known as the "Land of the High Passes" and is a part of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.

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Red Fort - Might and Majesty

21
Sep
2011

Red Fort is the most important historical building in Delhi. Know more about the Lal Quila of Delhi, India. Shah Jahan shifted his capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad and laid the foundation of Red Fort, or the Lal Quila, on 16th April 1639. It took nine years to build this mighty citadel and it got completed on 16th April 1648.

It is said that about one crore rupees, an astronomical sum in those days, was spent on its construction. Half of this sum was spent to build the exotic palaces within the fort. Built of red sandstone, it is octagonal in shape, with two longer sides on the east and west. The perimeter of its strong ramparts is about 2.41 km. Red Fort rises to a height of 33.5 m on the town side and 18 m along the river.

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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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Jaipur - Royalty Beckons [Part 1]

11
Mar
2011

If a picture is worth a thousand words, no number of pictures can describe the beauty, history, art, culture, and the people of this magnificent city of Jaipur. Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and spacious gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces blushed with pink, where once lived the Maharajas. If a picture is worth a thousand words, no number of pictures can describe the beauty, history, art, culture, and the people of this magnificent city of Jaipur.

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Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds

19
Feb
2011

One of the best Rajputana architecture of all times, still speaks the glory of the royal family. However, one can also find a glimpse of Mughal architecture, which is blended perfectly to make it different from others. The literal meaning of Hawa Mahal is "Palace of Winds".

Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. One of the best Rajputana architecture of all times, still speaks the glory of the royal family. However, one can also find a glimpse of Mughal architecture, which is blended perfectly to make it different from others. The literal meaning of Hawa Mahal is "Palace of Winds". Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799.

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Chippa - Magic in the Air

25
Jan
2011
Chippa Blasting

Not the best time for some of us surfing a foot or foot and a half waves, but not for Chippa Wilson !He turns, spins, spits, slaps and almsot fiddles around with knee high waves, thus creating "Magic in the Air"It was a real treat to watch him surf with us and we at Surfing India were very happy to host Chippa Wilson and we wish him all the best in his pursuits.Not the best time for some of us surfing a foot or foot and a half waves, but not for Chippa Wilson !He turns, spins, spits, slaps and almsot fiddles around with knee high waves, thus creating "Magic in the Air"It was a real treat to watch him surf with us and we at Surfing India were very happy to host Chippa Wilson and we wish him all the best in his pursuits.

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Udaipur - Definitely, Venice of the East !

03
Jan
2011

Udaipur, formally known as the city of lakes is the capital of the former princely state of Mewar Rajasthan, India. Udaipur is also referred to as the "Venice of the East", the "Most Romantic City of India" and the "Kashmir of Rajasthan". The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis.

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