The Coastal Development Authority had taken the initiative to organize “Beat Plastic Pollution” campaign which was supported by Surfing Swami Foundation, Panambur Beach Development Authority and Canara Surfing and Water Sports Promotional Council. The campaign saw over 350 students from various educational and surfing institutions from around Mangaluru. The aim of the campaign was to clean the beaches of the coastal beaches of Mangaluru. The volunteers had collected over 500bags of various wastes. Carefully segregated into plastics, rubber, glass bottles and biodegradable waste which was transported to waste treatment plant. Surfing Swami Foundation plans to work with District Administrations and educational institutions to hold such programs monthly throughout the Karnataka coast.
The inaugural event “Mantra Grom Search organized” under Surfing Swami Foundation was a great success with 25 Kids participating under the age categories of 12 and 16 at Sasihithlu Beach. The event was part of the Beach Festival organized by the village of Sasihithlu to promote its pristine beaches.
The aim of the event was to identify and nurture talented young surfers under the aegis of Surfing Swami Foundation. The event was well supported by Mantra Surf Club, Mulki and surf schools from Panambur, Bengre, and Tannirbhavi.
The surfing competition had one of the most challenging conditions for Kids who had to contest in 5-6 ft waves, high tides, and currents. For many, it was their first time participating in a surf contest.
Surfing Swami Foundation plans to hold at least 2 such annual events in order to promote surfing amongst young kids along the coastline of Karnataka.
We heart-fully extend our gratitude to Adventure Worx and Thundermonkey Surf Gear who supported by giving out merchandise for winners of the competition.
The results are
Under 13 Boys
Naman (1st), Praveen (2nd), Subramani (3rd),
Under 12 Girls
Bhrithi (1st), Chirali (2nd), Vamsi (3rd)
Under 16 Boys
Rijju (1st), Praveen (2nd), Selvam (3rd)
Under 16 Girls
Bhrithi(1st), Stuthi (2nd), Akhila (3rd)
Surfing Swami Foundation organized a massive annual beach clean-up and awareness program in association with Mantra Surf Club which was funded and supported by Chris Burkard Studio and prAna.
A total of 80 volunteers gathered for the beach clean up which included young students, enthusiastic locals and members of Mantra Surf Club. The volunteers assembled early in the morning at around 6:00 AM at Mantra Surf Club and continued beach clean up until 9:00 AM. Over 200 bags of Various wastes were carefully segregated into plastics, glass bottles, rubber and bio-degradable wastes which were later transported in plastic bags to waste treatment plant.
Mr. Yatish Baikampady, CEO, Panambur Beach Devlepment Authority and Mr. Gaurav Hegde, Secretary, Kanara Small Industires Association headed the beach clean-up program today. They also spoke about the necessity of regular beach clean up programs and long-term solution to waste disposal. They have pioneered many beach clean-up drives and development activities along the coastline of Karnataka.
Surfing Swami Foundation is determined to play a major role in educating and supporting these initiatives with Government agencies, private organizations and corporate bodies.
Although Surfing Swami [Jack Hebner] wasn't there with us today due to his travel schedule he was there in spirits and it's always been his wish to see our pristine coastline free of plastic and other waste materials.
Surfing Swami Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, nurturing and empowering young underprivileged boys & girls from coastal villages with surfing being one of the key proponents. Ocean conservation and awareness programs are also some of the initiatives taken up by Surfing Swami Foundation.
Mantra Surf Club is India's first and premiere surfing club dedicated to pastimes of surfing and other water sports activities. Members of Mantra Surf Club are passionate about surfing, ocean conservation, and community development.
Chris Burkard Studio - Chris Burkard is a world-renowned travel adventure photographer who was recently in India on a surf trip with members of Mantra Surf Club. He was gracious enough to donate his ticket proceedings from his successful premiere of Under an Arctic Sky movie in India towards Surfing Swami Foundation and it's initiatives.
prAna - An outdoor apparel brand based out of California, U.S.A, prAna believes in sustainable products and fair trade practices. prAna recently toured India with members of Mantra Surf Club and supported Chris's movie screening in India and initiatives of Surfing Swami Foundation.
Recently, members of Mantra Surf Club and Surfing Swami Foundation, Rammohan Paranjape and Kishore Kumar did a surf trip with PrAna, a sustainable clothing and apparel brand from California along with renowned travel adventure photographer Chris Burkard.
India, the daughter of Co-Vice Chairman, Jonty Rodhes and wife Melanie is two years old.
‘Happy Birthday India, From India’. PM Narendra Modi Wishes Jonty Rhode’s daughter a happy birthday. A special birthday wish came from the 1.2 billion people of the country she was named after. PM Narendra Modi wished the 2-year-old, who is named India, and said, “Happy Birthday to India, From India”
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We are happy to announce that as of last month the Surfing Swami Foundation is now officially registered with the government of India as a non-profit organization. Future announcements will be posted to inform you, our friends and the public how to help support the Surfing Swami Foundation and our projects of promoting surfing and ocean awareness in India. Thank you.
Today was a blistering HOT day in the sun for hours cleaning up the seemingly endless trash of every description, mostly plastic, old shoes and bottles, some of which washes in from the Arabian Sea and the rest of it washing down stream in the river past many villages and into the sea, which then spits it onto the beach. The extent of the trash boggles the mind, stretching for several kilometers in both directions. Cleaning up this mess, which we attempt several times a year, is factually beyond the ability of our small crew from SSF and Mantra Surf Club. We need your help!
Today the directors of Surfing Swami Foundation (SSF) and Mantra Surf Club, Kiran Kumar (right) and Shamanth Kumar (left) have presented Tanvi Jagadish (centre) with a coco fiber racing Stand Up Paddle Board by NSP, gifted by Pro Stand Up Paddler, April Zilg of USA and a High Performance 7S Surfing SUP gifted by Kishor Shetty, a Mumbai industrialist. Tanvi’s dedication to Stand Up Paddle and her love of the ocean has made her a force within the sport here in India. Her eyes are now set on international competitions. Congratulations Tanvi! Your future is bright.