India’s first female professional surfer takes on tough waves AND social challenges

India’s first female professional surfer takes on tough waves AND social challenges

Ishita is India’s first professional female surfer. She is beautiful to watch on the water, but even more breathtaking when you watch her speak. In this video, Ishita talks about how her journey to the top of the wave required her to overcome traditional stereotypes and forge her own, unique life path.

When her friends warned her to lay low on surfing for fear that she would get too dark to find a suitable husband, Ishita chose to embrace the sun’s grace and the person it brought her to become. When her parents encouraged her to pursue a more socially accepted career path, Ishita worked hard to prove the legitimacy of her passion.

And now, other girls are riding Ishita’s wave of inspiration. She encourages her surfing students to see the sport as a reflection of their lives, and embrace its challenges with a perseverance and a smile.

As Ishita says in this video, “Surfing is about pushing your limits. You’re always going to be afraid, but it’s really important for girls to explore that side of themselves.”

The thrill of a successful surf, according to Ishita, teaches these girls that fear should never get in the way of their dreams. We raise a toast to that.

Original video by Storytellers for Good.