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The water makes me Stronger – Tanvi Jagadish

At the age of 9, Tanvi Jagadish was led into the world of watersports and almost immediately she knew that the sea would be an integral part of her life ahead. When Tanvi was 12, after meeting  a guest named April at Mantra Surfing Club in Mangalore, who opened to her the door to Stand Up Paddling(SUP), there was no looking back after that. The 20-year- old Mangalorean has worked her way through to be given the title “India’s first professional female paddle boarder”. She is now the co-founder of KADAL Centre for SUP Surf Yoga, Malpe Beach, Udupi. 

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She became a six time national SUP racing champion and is the first athlete to represent India internationally at SUP racing events. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, she had to miss out on participating in the latest edition of the Stand Up Paddling World Cup which was held in China. She is now looking forward  to the 2024 Stand Up Paddling World Cup.

She believes that the criticism received against choosing this sport professionally has only made her strong. She says that the sport empowers her and gives her freedom and strength to face her life and explore new heights. 

Being an ISA Certified SUP and Surf Instructor, she currently runs her own Surf and Stand Up Paddling School ( KADAL ) at her home town, Malpe, Udupi. She also works as a Stand Up Paddle board instructor at the Mantra Surf Club and is trained by world famous coach for snowboarding and surfing Hayden Rhodes. 

About The Sport

Stand up paddle surfing, or SUP, is a surface water sport that is a variant of surfing where the surfer uses a paddle to move through the water while standing on a surfboard. But, unlike traditional surfing, one doesn’t have to wait for the waves. In fact, SUP can be done on lakes, rivers, pools or any sufficiently large body of water. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. However, stand up paddling is still at a nascent stage in India. 

Her Accomplishments : National Level –
First Place in Women’s National Stand Up Paddling Championship Covelong Point Surf Festival 2015 
First Place in Women’s National Level Stand Up Paddling Championship Manapad Surf Festival 2016 
First Place in Women’s National Level Stand Up Paddling Championship at Indian Open Of Surfing 2016 
First Place in Women’s National Level Stand Up Paddling Championship at Covelong Point Surf Festival 2016. 
Second Place in Women’s National Level Kayaking Championship 2016 at Manapad Surf and Sail Festival 2016 
Third Place in Women’s National Level Surfing Competition at Indian Open Surfing Competition 2017 
First Place in Women’s National Level Stand Up Paddling Championship at Indian Open Surfing 2017 
Second Place in Women’s National Level Stand Up Paddling Championship Covelong Point Surf Festival 2017 
First Place in Women’s National Level Stand Up Paddling Championship Covelong Point Surf Festival 2018

International Level –
Third Place in SUP Surf Pro Am, North Carolina, USA 2017 
Third Place in West Marine Carolina Cup, North Carolina 
Won International Grom Of The Year Award 2017

Tanvi Jagadish
Tanvi Jagadish

India's first professional
female paddle boarder
Mangalore

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