By Atita Verghese for BigRush
It all started in 2014 with the Kovalam Skate Club build, a collaboration between Holystoked and Baumi from 2er in Kerala. The skate park was located in the SISP NGO which uses skateboarding and surfing to encourage children to attend regular classes.Two female skateboarders from Europe joined the build, and late night post construction brainstorming sessions to encourage female participation in the new skate club located in a highly male supremacist land gave rise to the Girl Skate India Tour.
After three months of putting everything on the back burner, the tour started coming into being. Finally, through the power of internet and social media, 12 girls confirmed their participation in the event.
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By Piyush Chavan for BigRush
The course was dry and dusty at this year’s Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy. It’s one of my favourite races since I won it in its debut season three years ago. But its best feature is its venue at the Ski Himalayas Ropeway Centre in Solang Valley, Himachal Pradesh. The ski lift offers endless runs from the top of Mt Phatru 3,000m up.The long fluid track was delightful and made racing seem effortless. Everyone was having heaps of fun throwing down runs and going sideways. I found my limit during practice and the confidence from these runs built up for race day.
And then on qualifying day, it began to pour. Days of near perfect weather vanished in the blink of an eye. As we waited it out, we wondered if we would find any traction at all. Everyone hinted back to 2015, when the endless rain made the course a slip-n-slide fest.
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By Manik Taneja with Dielle DSouza for BigRush
Adventure sports equipment in India is not in big league manufacturing simply because demand does not favour it as it does cricket, or even football or hockey. This specialised equipment, when brought into the country, is taxed at customs deterring new sports enthusiasts and burning a hole in the pockets of those who promote the sport in India.
Transportation expenses and government levies together create a prohibitively high landed cost of adventure equipment. Duties could go as high as 47.5 per cent for kayaks and 50 per cent for bicycles. While this could be protectionist to help boost local industry, manufacturers in India are not up to standard.
At the moment, only the collective struggle of the adventure community to boost the popularity of these sports and thereby demand for equipment can help change the situation.
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By Piyush Chavan for BigRush
Nilesh Dhumal and I were chosen by the Cyling Federation of India to compete in the 22nd Asian Cycling Championships, opening the doors to representation from India on the Elite Asian level. It was a very exciting time for us.
We arrived a day before the event and toured the track, discovering to our surprise the toughest we ever thought we’d see. Other riders agreed that the track had been taken to another level this year. It was blown out dusty and loose, with a lot of switchbacks and awkward rock sections.
Practice the following day was amazing! I had a lot of fun riding down, and found my lines and flow instantly. The nausea from the track walk the previous day started to wear off.
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By Rahul Malaney for BigRush
Thanks to open-minded vibe in Goa, it has proved to be a great place for fringe cultures to develop and grow. Ever since the travelling counterculture community settled here in the 70s and 80s, Goa has become a hotspot for international cultural exchange.
Food, music, art, wellness and permaculture from around the world can be accessed here, and could be one of the reasons that wind surfing, and later kite surfing, took off. Goa has gorgeous beaches and decent wind during the summer, inviting a core community of people from all over the world to spend six to nine months annually here with their kites.
Morjim and Mandrem are the busiest beaches with the most number of kiters, with the season beginning in January and continuing up to May. I moved from California to Goa to start Project Vaayu at Ashvem beach thanks to the nest of activity and atmosphere Goa offered.
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