Global sup community: Help bring Tanvi – India’s 1st Female of SUP – to Carolina Cup

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Tanvi Jagadish Carolina Cup India
Help Tanvi Jagadish get to the Carolina Cup. A GoFundMe account has been set up to alleviate her expenses.
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I love it when a community comes together. We all watched in awe last year at the ISA World Series when India unleashed their first female competitor Tanvi Jagadish into the competitive arena.

16-year-old Tanvi Jagadish from India is the first ever woman from her country to compete at the ISA World Paddleboard Championships.

Tanvi Jagadish – India’s 1st Sup Female Competitor

Tanvi’s is an inspiring story because … well, she’s a woman. Until now, there have been no women stand up paddle athletes from India who were allowed to compete on an international level. Tanvi has broken through those barriers.

“My family got worried about my tanned skin; society didn’t approve of my wearing shorts or swimsuits and getting into the ocean. Surfing was never considered a sport for girls—sorry, I mean Indian girls…But I didn’t give up.”   – Tanvi Jagadish

Tanvi is one of the first female surfers in India.  She is tackling the dream of inspiring multitudes of women to seek their passion and counter the pressures outside of parents, society and culture in order to achieve the dream of becoming India’s first female surfer and stand up paddle athlete to compete on the world’s stage.

“Being an Indian, what I want to do in my life is tied to so many irrelevant factors such as my sex, my age, my origin, etc.”

Tanvi, upon her arrival in Fiji for the World Tour Series in 2016, immediately made a lot of close friends. Her infectious good spirit and enthusiastic smile drew people to her like a magnet. At the finish line of the women’s race, competitors and spectators alike lined up to cheer her through the finish and welcome her into the tribe.

In a time honored tradition, before the athletes departed, they swapped uniforms with new friends. Tanvi and So Cal’s 5X world champion Candice Appleby traded uniforms and called it friends for life.

Tanvi Jagadish Carolina Cup India sup racer
Support Tanvi in her dream to surf in the Wrightsville Beach Pro AM and race the Graveyard at the Carolina Cup in April 2017!

Now, here’s YOUR chance to support Tanvi Jagadish in an incredible new chapter in women’s history in India. A fundrasier has been started by East Coast favorite April Zilg to bring Tanvi to the Wrightsville Beach Pro AM Sup Surf contest and the Carolina Cup in April of 2017. April has purchased her plane tickets and now the rest of Tanvi’s expenses need to be covered. A few dollars from each of us can get her here and celebrate this young courageous female competitor in style.

Please contribute to Tanvi’s GOFUNDME page and help bring Tanvi to the Carolina Cup.

Mahalo!

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.