India has over 7500 km (4600 miles) of coastline and why not use it for something as wonderful as surfing. I went to the to see ‘Beyond the Surface’.
It is a documentary about surfing, yoga and spirituality in India. Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and her husband Dave Homcy from Hawaii, travelled to India to make a feature-length documentary about the surf scene. They spend eight weeks together with their crew driving up and down the Indian coast, absorbing the culture and riding the waves.
’Beyond The Surface’ looks at the ways surfing can be used to empower women in India and maintenance positive change in the country. In You meet Ishita Malaviya, who is India’s first female surfer and a unique group of women – Crystal Thornburg, Liz Clark, Lauren Hill, Emi Koch, and Kate Baldwin. All five ladies have a constant willpower for creating a better world. They travelled through Southern India documenting the ways in which surfing, yoga, and ecological creativity are bringing hope and fuelling change for local people and the planet.
Surf culture is up-and-coming in India. The surfing culture is starting to sink in with surf contests happening around India for surf clubs to come together and compete. For some it is an opportunity to possibly become professional and gain sponsors, while others just do it for having a good time in the water. Surfing has all around the world carried a positive impact. For these girls surfing is a way to enjoy nature and it gives them the opportunity to wash away the day’s worries.
You could really feel these girls’ passions for surf, just for the pure joy of riding waves.
I have a new love for surfing and old love for India. By watching this documentary I got reminded why I love India and its colorfull culture. As the documentary states, India is one of the most dangerous countries to live in for women, but it is so much more to offer. Surfing helps the Indian ladies to opening their eyes to a whole new world, and the documentary can help the world to open their eyes to India.
If you want to see the movie, it will be shown on Tuesday, November 4 at 4.15 p.m. For more info about the movie, visit their webpage Beyond the Surface Film