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

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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!

About the author

Evelyn O'Doherty is a standup paddle racer, surfer and yoga teacher from the East End of Long Island in New York. Her passion for watersports drew her to leave a teaching career to pursue her athletic endeavors as a sup instructor, racing coach, sup racer, and now, as online editor for Standup Journal. Evelyn lives in East Hampton NY in the Springs area where she has daily access to the water to train and teach. 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.

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