Surfing on the beach- forget Gold Coast, It is just a stone’s throw away distance from Kemmannu-at Bengre.

Thomas D’souza
Kemmannu News Network, 07-06-2012 11:57:47

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Udupi/Kodi Bengre(Kemmannu), May 28, 2012: The Gold coast of Australia is well known as the surfer’s paradise. The adventure sport is unknown in our coastal belt. However Tushar Pathian has made a beginning by starting a surf club “The shaka Surf Club” at Bengre near Kemmannu. The architecture graduate from MIT, Manipal has started the club last year in Manipal and he is getting good response, Especially from students of Manipal.

“I fell in love with this sport when first set my foots on the Surf board and sold some of my belongings to buy a second hand Surfing board which is very expensive” says Pathian. He visits the shop he has set up in Bengre(Near Kemmannu) on holidays and weekends and teaches the basics for the beginners. Experienced surfers can take the boards and surf on their own.

For the beginners he starts the classes by drawing the board on the sand beach and teaches them the tricks of the Trade. For an onlooker it looks like Kabaddi practice. “Confidence and balance is essential” Says Pathian. “Of course you need to learn swimming” he says.

Abel D’souza, a young beginner who is an expert skater, who took his first lessons, says “It is like skating, I am confident that I will conquer the swells within 4 sessions”.

The adventurous and a bit expensive sport is slowly getting  recognition from the locals. Many locals have started learning the sport. “Certainly I will master this sport” says Braan Dsouza who had his first lessons recently.

Those interested may contact Tushar Pathian on his Mobile Number: 9986742710 or on his fb Page :


About Shaka Surf Club

The Shaka Surf Club is the premier surf school serving the western coast of Karnataka, India. We provide beginner level surf lessons run by experienced surfers. At TSSC, it’s all about SURFING, SAFETY and FUN!
The Shaka Surf Club aims to promote the sport and culture of surfing in India. We wish to get more people in the water, by educating them about the ocean and dispelling fears of the ocean that are deep rooted in the Indian society. We try to combine humanitarian work with surfing and provide under-privileged youth with an opportunity to experience the joy of surfing.
The Shaka Surf Club is all about freedom in the waves, good vibes, not taking things too seriously and learning to just go with the flow. We started The Shaka Surf Club to share our stoke of surfing with all the good folk who cross our wave-filled path.

We provide beginner level surf lessons, run by experienced surfers and welcome people, of all ages, hailing from all places, to come surf with us in India :)
General Information
• We DO NOT give lessons to NON-SWIMMERS!
• Each surf session lasts for 3 hours or till you get tired, whichever comes first!
• All surf instructors are certified in First Aid and CPR, by the American Red Cross Society.
The Shaka Surf Club is the first surf school to be supported by Quiksilver in India!
The Shaka Surf Club is a Surfing Federation of India (SFI) accredited surf school!
Shaka surf instructor Ishita Malaviya, is the first female surfer in India!

The Shaka Surf Club is extremely happy to announce that we are now partnering with an organisation called Project Swim International, in an effort to educate local communities in water safety, and prevent the number of drowning deaths in India.

We recently had a group of PSI volunteers – American Red Cross Lifeguards from Tuscon, Arizona - who visited us in Manipal, and trained us in Surf Rescue, First Aid and CPR. During their visit, we also conducted a Water Safety Education Program in a local college to a group of nearly 40 students, which was a big success!

We even got the opportunity to record a show about water safety on Manipal Radio 90.4 FM- a community radio station that broadcasts programs to smaller towns within 30 kms distance from Manipal!

[We had a really good swell recently! Usually when the waves get this good, no one ever feels like taking any pictures, cos everyone would rather be in the water Surfing! But, this time we were lucky enough to have our good friends Abhirup, Lijo and Ashwin come down to the beach and get some EPIC shots of us surfing!! Check em out!! - TUSHAR AND ISHITA]




File Pictures The Shaka Surf Club - [Kodi Bengre/Hoode/Kemmannu/Udupi]

Comments on this Article
WILSON, Udupi / Muscat Tue, July-30-2013, 9:58
Hats off to your courage in starting a surf club and training people. Some different from others. will surely visit you nxt year and know the surfing more on our home town - Bengre.
vinayak.v even kw as vinnu . pune, adbettu.kemmannu Wed, June-19-2013, 8:45
what surfing at kemmannu. its nice to see that over people getting in to surfing in over kemmannu. love kemmannu. and thanks kemmannu.come to letting me kw this news .once even i want to try surfing
Joe Saldanha, Santhekatte/USA Wed, January-23-2013, 6:45
A very good start and I sincerely hope many would join this sport. Nice to see my friends Mr. Crasto and Brian using surf-boards.
shalini Udupi, Udupi Fri, June-8-2012, 5:10
Dear all. We tend to feed the fish that is organic and we feed em because According to Newton’s third law, for every action force there is an equal (in size) and opposite (in direction) reaction force. that is catching more fish in the nets so we lay it on beach.
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai Wed, May-30-2012, 7:29
@Shalini, Karnataka government has built free / subsidized toilets for our fishermen but these jokers still spoil our beaches. The only solution is telescopic guns with rubber bullets. I am enthralled with the quality of responses and inputs, I am sure together we can make our Karnataka a better place. To be honest I was fed up with these “thank you uncle”, “happy birthday aunty” or “nice pictures shabby” responses.
Mangi, India Wed, May-30-2012, 12:36
I guess there is super thrill in surfing. I ADMIRE THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE RISK IN BRINGING THIS SPORT to Red-Mud-Land. I used to enjoy Kutti-Donno. However, there is no greater thrill, than in catching the knocked down mango by using bondi or smmall stone, of my neighbour, before it touched the ground. I did succeed just three times, after about 500 attempts.
Shala D’Souza, Kemman/Saudi Tue, May-29-2012, 6:40
WOW! This is great news. Something to look forward on our next visit. Was longing to try this and thanks a lot Shaka surf club for providing this opportunity to Kemmanites.
Urokinase, India Tue, May-29-2012, 5:55
Does anyone know what fish eat? Whats wrong in feeding fish? A man had to be hospitalized because a hungry cat fish wanted it before it could come out, inspite of 30 miles an hour outburst speed... For millions of years it has been called recycling organic food chain. We people let some human beeings carry this stuff , to sun dry it to make fertilizer. Do you know how urokinase is prepared? From human urine..
Peter, India Tue, May-29-2012, 4:03
shalini, mumbai, early in the morning you take any transport rail/bus/taxi in mumbai streets you can see the thing " what you have narrated " every nook and corner. is that stoped?
Son of the Soil, Hoode/Bengre Tue, May-29-2012, 1:00
Shalini, You might have visited Hoode Bengre at Adam’s age. No such things are happening right now. As for toilets, government is helping people to build them. By the way which area of Mumbai you live. You have do a Bangra Dance to move around to avoid the thing you mentioned. Visit Malpe beach when you visit Udupi next time, it is one of the cleanest.
Iona, Gopalpura Tue, May-29-2012, 12:05
This is really fantastic news... Surfs up! I hope you have a great response and many more members joining.
Shalini, Mumbai Tue, May-29-2012, 10:21
Beautiful great news. No doubt Kemmannu is wonderful we had happy times. only one thing to remember last time when I walked down on the beach I stamped shit every now and then on this beach. Do the fishermen have the same habit still? why they do not lay it in the toilets instead?
Tushar Pathiyan, The Shaka Surf Club Tue, May-29-2012, 3:28
Thank you for all your support! We are so happy to see such a positive response from the people of Kemmannu and around! We hope to see many more of you learning to surf and we look forward to sharing some waves with you all soon! Shaka! - Tushar and Ishita
Ramsey Crasto, Kemmannu Mon, May-28-2012, 4:49
Can’t wait to come to Kemmannu and try my hand at Surfing.. Always wanted to try it..
Sujith shetty, Udupi Mon, May-28-2012, 4:32
Excellent pic fo surfing i ever seen.The sport of riding the surf on a surfboard.
Sunil D, Udupi Mon, May-28-2012, 4:26
Great news Kemmannu is on the international map of surfers paradise days may not be far for Bay watch, Miami,or Surfers Paradise of gold Coast of Australia in Kemmannu if you all guys encourage and try surfing on the Arabian Sea waves of Bengre......Beach
Kiran, Udupi Mon, May-28-2012, 3:56
I did watch them surf the last weekend, its something new to the localities, a good opportunity to take a break from the work and experience something new :)
Narasimha Moorthy T, Tonse Mon, May-28-2012, 3:51
Nice Article... Kemmannu Bengre will be a foreign tourist center soon... Kudos Thomas for this fantastic article... I wish you good luck in journalism... Bengre/Kodi Bengre is my favourite place... Use to visit daily during 1979-80 and 1988-89.
Sunita, Udupi Mon, May-28-2012, 3:11
Great enthusiasm towards the water sports by the locals and an acknowledgment of appreciation to Tushar and Ishita for introducing this exciting wave sport. Keep it up
Melwyne, India Mon, May-28-2012, 12:20
@Jossy yes indeed it is a great opportunity to reduce the fatty stomach; we can see some of them in the pictures!! :)...
Braan, kemman Mon, May-28-2012, 9:24
Rajesh, its TRUE!. I have attended the classes held by Thushar. I have watched them surfing too. It require a lot of patience , balance to conquer the waves. I had sean this sport only on TV and especialy the OLD SPICE advertisement. Never ever dreamt, i could surf one day,and here i am... its near my residence. To believe cum and attend, splash in the sea and if you are lucky with the dolphins too enjoy!!!1
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai Mon, May-28-2012, 7:47
Great opportunity for our unemployed Kemmannu youth .........
Rajesh, Malpe Mon, May-28-2012, 7:45
Excellent pc of information, the surfing pictures by Tushar and Ishita are awesome, I still wonder is this really happens in my District, thanks for bringing out these hidden wonders and best wishes to Tushar and Ishita.
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