Her Passion for Water Sports cured her Asthma and gave her the title of Indian Surfing and SUP

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Her Passion for Water Sports cured her Asthma and gave her the title of Indian Surfing and SUP

Tanvi Jagadish—India’s first professional stand up paddle racer

“Women of Worth are those who want positive change for themselves, their families, community or society, which I think is important. For me, a Women of Worth is someone who has self-respect, who believes that she can change things in society.” -Sonam Kapoor

Tanvi Jagadish, this 17-year old girl from Mangalore is India’s 1st Professional Female Surfer and Stand-Up Paddler. Coming from a place where girls are not encouraged to wear shorts and neither are they allowed to participate in water sports, Tanvi never gave up! She stood to her passion which made her the successful young surfer and stand-up paddler representing India in National and International surfing arenas.

Born in Mangalore, Tanvi never thought that she could become a water sports athlete because of her asthma problem. Her father works in Hindustan Petroleum and her mother a homemaker. Her grandfather is her greatest support and the one who encouraged her to become what she is right now.

Tanvi Jagadish inspirational Story

Tanvi Jagadish—India’s first professional stand up paddle racer

Early Life and Parents Support

Tanvi Jagadish was introduced to water when she was eight years old. Now, the water became her playground and her career. Society has been her biggest hurdle which became influenced her at every moment of her life. They used to put pressure on her parents suggesting that girls should not be allowed to participate in such a sport where they are supposed to wear shorts. But her parents supported her until and played a significant role in her journey to become the Indian Professional surfer and stand-up paddler.

“It’s not about the dress you wear, but the life you lead in the dress.” -Diana Vreeland

Initially, her parents didn’t encourage her because of her asthma problem. But soon they realized that they shouldn’t be the one who judges their child’s life. To their surprise, the salt water and her sport cured her asthma problem. Tanvi then joined the Mantra Surfing Club in Mangalore, one of the few organizations offering training and opportunities for young people in water sports in India. She started training and has been participating in several competitions to improve her skills and her career.

“Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you have done it.” -Paul Strauch

Tanvi Jagdish Inspiring Journey

The Person who changed her life

Tanvi’s life changed when she met April Zilg, a Stand-Up Paddler from the northern California in the American SUP circuit in her visit to promote SUP in India. Her guidance, support and her suggestions helped Tanvi to excel in her chosen career and introduced her to SUP. With her 1st victory in 2014 in the Indian surfing and SUP, she made her 1st step into her desired profession, and this triumph made her achieve greater heights in the water sport.

Her remarkable contributions

  • After her 2014 victory, Tanvi replicated the same again in the 2015 edition of the competition at the Covelong Point
  • In 2015, she stood top in the women’s National SUP championship at the Classic Surf and Music Festival
  • She bagged the Manapad Classic Surf and Sail Festival in 2016
  • In the same year, she won the Indian Open Surfing Fest
  • Tanvi represented India at the World SUP and Paddleboard Championship competing for 26 other countries at Fiji, Oceania
  • She finished 3rd at the SUP surf pro events in the Under-17 category at the West Marine Caroline Club in the USA

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they are supposed to help you discover who you are.”

Tanvi Jagadish is now studying at the Sharadha Pre-University College in Mangalore. Her struggles and her hard work made her the current HER. She became successful in her career because of her determination, courage, stubborn nature and moreover, she broke the social stereotypes and achieved her passion with guts which made her the Indian’s 1st Professional SUP racer and surfer.

Tanvi suffered from asthma but her passion for water sports made her pursue it and it not not helped her master the art but also cured her asthma.


“Determine what you want and why you want it. Once you understand what’s important, you can utilize your passion and achieve anything.” -Brooke Griffin

Life, like surfing, is all about wave selection and balance. So, never let the best waves in your life go by. Remember the fact that, the harder you work for something, the greater you will feel when you finally achieve it.

References: Your Story, TheField Scroll

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