CHAIRMAN

Surfing Swami

Surfing Swami [Jack Hebner] is credited as being the original pioneer of surfing in India, having first brought the sport to India’s shores in 1976. In 2002 Swami established Mantra Surf Club [www.surfingindia.net] near Mangalore, Karnataka. Mantra Surf Club and the ’Surfing Swami have since appeared in over 100 newspaper and magazines world wide since 2009. During these years Swami also inspired the founding of the Surfing Federation of India [SFI] with local youth and became their patron, mentor and coach for the Surf Team India. Surf film director Taylor Steel sought Swami’s participation in the production of “Castles in the Sky” featuring several surf destinations in India, thus launching the sport of surfing in India onto the international stage. Swami has been behind the spreading of surfing in India via the organization of several National Surf Events attracting the media and corporate participation. Inspired by Swami in 2015 members of Surf Team India became the first Indian surfers to participate in a WSL event in Hainan, China. In 2015 members of Mantra Surf Club under Swami’s tutelage guided the Rip Curl Search for Surf in the Lakshadweep Islands. Swami’s team has also guided surfers from numerous international surf magazines thru the mysterious waters of India. In 2014 Surfing Swami singlehandedly began the work of the Surfing Swami Foundation [SSF], funding all its activities personally. As of February 2017 the Surfing Swami Foundation has been officially registered with the government of India and is presently poised to expand the activities of SSF with the help of our Co-Vice Chairmen Paddy Upton & Jonty Rhodes and the Directors Dhananjay Shetty, Kiran Kumar and Shamanth Kumar.

CO-VICE CHAIRMAN

Paddy Upton

Well known in the professional world of cricket, Paddy Upton [right in photo] has exhibited his unique talent for coaching as mental conditioning coach for the Indian Cricket Team which became No.1 in World Test Rankings and the team which won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011. For a time Paddy coached the Rajasthan Royals and is presently the Head Coach of the Delhi Daredevils Team in the Indian Premier League and Head Coach of the Sydney Thunder Team in the Big Bash League. Additionally, Paddy has successfully coached elite business teams from a variety of industries and is lauded for inspirational speaking abilities. In his spare time Paddy can be found surfing one of his favorite surf spots in India or in South Africa. As a keen advocate of the sport of surfing, Paddy has paved the way for the growth of surfing in India by introducing surfing to many of India's top professional cricketers. We are honored to have Paddy as a Co-Vice Chairman of the Surfing Swami Foundation.

CO-VICE CHAIRMAN

Jonty Rhodes

In the world of cricket and in particular in India Jonty Rhodes needs no introduction, his legendary reputation as a professional cricketer speaks for itself. Since retiring from the field in 2003 Jonty has also become a legend in the arena of coaching such teams as IPL/Mumbai Indians, the South African Nation Cricket Team and the Kenyan Cricket Team. For young cricketers everywhere Jonty Rhodes is nothing less than an ICON. In his post retirement career Jonty has taken up a keen interest in the sport of surfing and has become a major influence in the sports growth in India. In 2015 Jonty’s wife Melanie gave birth to their daughter whom they named India Jeanne Rhodes, thus Jonty in now also known as the father of India. We are both proud and honored to have Jonty as a Co-Vice Chairman of the Surfing Swami Foundation.

Director

Dhananjay Shetty

Entrepreneur....

Director

Kiran Kumar

ISA Certified Surf Instructor

Director

Shamanth Kumar

ISA Certified Surf Instructor