Ishita Malaviya, India's first female surfer

Ishita Malaviya was born in Mumbai and studied journalism at Manipal University, Manipal. At the age of 22, she moved to Manipal, Karnataka permanently to start her surfing club, The Shaka Surf Club.

Malaviya began surfing in 2007 after meeting a German exchange student. She currently runs a surf club named the Shaka Surf Club as well as a camp calledCamp Namaloha in Coastal Karnataka in India.

Malaviya, along with her high school friend and boyfriend Tushar Pathiyan, run the surf club from the village of Kodi Bengre, located on the Konkan Coast. As of 2014, she is the only Indian to be appointed as a brand ambassador for Roxy surfwear.

Malaviya has stated that her ambition is to promote the Indian coastline as an international surfing destination.

She was also sponsored by sporting brand Quiksilver and was part of the first Summer Swell Challenge, a surfing challenge held in Pondicherry, India.

Ishita Malaviya-Surfing is my Obsession

For me, the ocean has become my second home. It's what inspires me, challenges me and gives me the freedom to live my obsession. As Founder of The Shaka Surf Club, my true success is being able to surf everyday, share my passion for surfing with others and witness the growth of the surf community in India.

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