It has been so amazing working with our good friend Emi Koch and her NGO Beyond the Surface International! (<– follow her here) She fit right into our little Shaka Family and we’ve been busy with some fun and exciting projects with kids from our surf club!
This one is an upcycling initiative! Over a course of two weeks we conducted regular beach clean-ups, and collected hundreds of plastic bottles, rubber slippers and heaps of trash. These materials were then converted into bricks, to construct a beautiful bench for our good friend Arun’s sea-food restaurant right on the beach. The project was a huge success and we’re so proud of our young groms!
Yeww check it out! 😀
– TUSHAR AND ISHITA
December 7, 2013 | Categories: Everyday adventures, Social Work | Tags: beach cleanup, beyond the surface, groms, kodi bengre, project, recycle, reduce, reuse, the shaka surf club, upcycling | Leave a comment
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!
Big Thanks to the Project Swim International team – Ben Schaub, Nicole Manuel, Jenna Lee Curtis and Kelsey Didier – for all your help! We are excited about taking your work forward in India 😀
Check out more pictures of their visit here.
TUSHAR AND ISHITA
January 23, 2012 | Categories: Everyday adventures, Social Work | Tags: 90.4 FM, american red cross, cpr, education, first aid, lifeguard, manipal, Manipal Radio, Project Swim International, social work, surf rescue, surf school india, surfing india, the shaka surf club, water safety | Leave a comment
W’ere STOKED to announce that THE SHAKA SURF CLUB is now supported by QUIKSILVER INDIA!!! Lots of exciting stuff to look forward to this year! Stay posted and we hope to See You in the Surf! 😀
TUSHAR AND ISHITA
Summer’s here and the schools are closed for summer vacation. There’s nothing better than having the Kodi Bengre kids surf with us almost everyday now. It’s been seven months since they started surfing and they’ve already improved so much! For starters, no one uses the life jacket anymore!
I still remember the day we first took 11 year old surfer girl Tejaswini surfing. She couldn’t swim and was terrified of being in the water. She’s come such a long way since then. It felt SO GOOD today to watch her grab a board and paddle into the waves on her own, without even looking back to check if we were watching. She caught some epic waves and looked so cool doing it! I can’t tell you how happy it made us 😀
She’s such a fighter too. No matter how badly she wipes out, she hops back on her board and paddles in for another wave. I love that about her! Did you know she also ranked first in her class this semester? SO PROUD of her! 😀