It’s the middle of May, and we’re so stoked that the pre-monsoon swells have finally arrived! Usually when the waves get this good, no one ever feels like taking any pictures, because everyone would rather be in the water, Surfing! But, this time we were lucky enought 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!! 😀
This past week was amazing for us. We got to hang with Aussie pro surfer CHIPPA WILSON and his film crew- STEFAN HUNT, RUSSEL BROWNLEY and JOSH SECOMB, while they filmed what’s going to be the best campaign FCS has ever seen!
Fortunate fools that we are, Tushar and I got to accompany the crew to Kerala, to scout some bigger waves (and we did it in style! First class yow!)
I guess praying to the Surf Gods helped because not only did our train arrive on time, but the waves were pumping at ED’s local break. This was no ordinary morning. Picture Ed, Tushar and I hooting and screaming from behind the scenes as we watched Chippa land some insane airs. We were living life in HD!
As if watching him wasn’t enough, Tushar even got to surf Chippa’s board! He caught one awesome ride and that was enough to make his trip. I wasn’t so lucky. Does catching two half waves count as one? 😛 I guess it was a little reassuring to know that even Chippa was finding it a bit hard to surf those waves. He still surfed like a pro!
Just so you know how crazy it was, this is how many boards we damaged that day:
Chippa- broke 2 boards beyond repair.
Tushar- broke a nose off Ed's board and lost a fin off another one.
Ishita- chipped off a chunk of the board rail.
After an awesome night in Kerala it was time to say bye to Ed, Sofie and their ambassador and head back to Manipal to film Chippa with the Kodi Bengre surf crew.
The kids were super stoked because they got to bunk school and be in the video. Obviously they or their parents had no idea who Chippa was. So we told them he was Australia’s surfing Sachin Tendulkar! That did the trick.
Just mucking around in the water with everyone, has got to be one of the best sessions we’ve had at Kodi Bengre. Chippa even got our 5 yr old grommet Dixit to catch a couple of waves. Never seen the kid more stoked!
Going in for this experience, we had no idea what to expect, but after hanging with these guys for just a couple of days we found them to be some of the most genuine and down to earth people we’d ever met. We’re so stoked we got to hang out with these legends. It made us wonder if the rest of the surfing world is just like them 🙂