KITEBOARDING INDIA | PRESS KIT
India’s only female Kitesurfer now in Tamil Nadu – dated 15th May 2014
Tiny and petite Charmaine Pereira (25) showcases that the sport is accessible to all genders. She hails from a seaside village in Goa called “Hollant” and grew up swimming Sundays with all her cousins. Charmaine has been Kitesurfing for over 3 years now and was the only female participant in a Redbull Kitesurfing event last year (2013) and got selected for professional coaching under Ines Correa who is a Redbull sponsored athlete from Portugal. She now resides in Pirapanvalasai, Tamil Nadu where she is encouraging women to get into the sport. She can safely teach students how to learn the sport and is very patient with children. It is a great opportunity for enthusiasts in India to come train with her in paradise, Pambaan Island, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu.
Quotes from Charmaine Pereira (25) “I came to Rameshwaram for the first time in 2013 for the kitesurfing event and have decided to make it my home since then. I have been introduced to some of the best locations for the sport, probably in the whole world” says Charmaine.
“It’s encouraging that more women are expressing their interest in Kitesurfing but I would like to see them commit to the sport. It’s lonely on the water without other girls to keep me company!” says Charmaine.
“Kitesurfing does not require macho strength- I have been taught to build up my skills and can manage riding out accompanying men who might be 4 times my bodyweight!
He has come a long way- from Mumbai to Tamil Nadu- dated 15th May 2014
Quest Expeditions Pvt Ltd or the Quest Family as we fondly refer to it is also quite BIG. If you’ve traveled with us or even stopped by to enjoy lunch at the campsites you’re sure to interact with Jehan, Felix, Gwen, Daylon and Charmaine. Other team members that assist and join on the go, But most importantly have you met Govinda? I’m sure you have, if you’re trying to recollect he’s the kid who helped you with directions for rafting, briefed you for Kayaking, gave you a life jacket and made sure he entertained you the best he could so you enjoy your time. Govinda is one of our oldest sons in the family, He was raised by the team at Don Bosco Shelter Home in Matunga for orphans and street kids. Today we have 18 kids from the shelter as part of the BIG family we’re so proud of. It has taken immense patience and time to help these kids loosen up the walls around them and give them a new way of life, work, friends & family here with us. The road has been tough with praise and hurtful criticism alike, But like any other family we have our share of ups and downs, We’re taking it all with a stride. If you do bump into Govinda and his companions from the Shelter, Give them a little boost or maybe a few ‘ How to Says…” In English.
Govinda Hivrale (21) is one of the few Indian Kitesufers who got chosen to be trained under professional guidance of Ines Correa in Rameshwaram 2013 organized by Redbull. He is now assisting Kitesurfers learn the sport safely and his spirit is infectious with his teething smile. The sport helps Govinda keep a blank mind and focus on just one thing- nature. He is grateful to the world for all it has given him and strives to spread joy through the sport.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT PATH by Gayatri Joshi who is a social worker
It is easy for youth from good family backgrounds to pick up jobs and make their careers right . But for youth from the marginalized sections of our society is a difficult cup of tea.
Even though they may acquire the skill, a street youth/NGO child may not find employment. The challenge is to match the needs for specific education, training and employment for this group of vulnerable youth. The job market is competitive and many youth are exploited because of their lack of knowledge, education and skills. Shelter Don Bosco aims to empower these youth by offering them career options, enhancing knowledge and skills with respect to job opportunities, enabling them to choose appropriate job training that will in turn lead to secure employment. Underprivileged Youth are counselled to educate ,trained in a skill and to aim to achieve a goal in their life. We are extremely grateful to the team at Quest Expeditions to help us by recruiting 18 boys at their Adventure campsites at Mandwa, Rishikesh, Kolad & Rameshwaram. With an aim to help them choose careers of their choice we were successful in helping these youth naming Govinda, Shiva, Sujeet, Vishnu, Jeetu ,Subhash, Vinayak, Rizwaan and more. Coming from difficult backgrounds and various situations these youth have great difficulty in passing their school exams, dropping out from vocational training and jobs they were placed at. With great enthusiasm and determination to support Mr. Jehan Driver at Quest Expeditions has helped us train these youth and change their identities. It has been miraculous to see these youth change and become contributory and productive citizens of our society . “I have known these youth since the time they were small kids. I was quite worried to think how their future would be like with the kind of results and improvements they showed during their academic life. It is just very surprising to see the way they have made efforts to do something in life and become such good Adventure instructors. I am happy to see them at Quest Expeditions and not the streets taking up random jobs. Have deep gratitude towards Mr. Jehan and the team at Quest to give them a chance to fulfill their dreams. You’ll at Quest have given them a new identity and a Better life . God bless!”
– Gayatree Joshi (Social worker with Don Bosco organizations , Mumbai)
Our story in Tamil Nadu 2013 – 2014 – dated 8th May 2014
“Katadi” is the word we heard on our exploratory trip to the coastline of Tamil Nadu two years ago. We did not know the meaning of the word then but now it’s the essence of our identity. Powered by the wind, in literal translation “Katadi” describes the sport we practice- Kiteboarding.
This is how it works, a large kite with long lines is strapped onto a harness and controlled by a bar. All we need is a board strapped to our feet and off we go! The kite is powered by the wind and propels our board- that’s Kiteboarding.
Select beaches in the state of Tamil Nadu are possibly some of the best locations to practice the sport of Kiteboarding. The strong trade winds bring a smile on our faces, it’s obvious our sport requires wind- the stronger the better. We change location depending on the wind season but are stationed on the Pambaan island from June to October where the conditions are always the best. We would like our students to practice in the best possible conditions with safety as a key factor. The sport is very young in India so it is vital we get everything right to create an encouraging environment for kids in the future. It ideally takes 6 to 10 hours of training with an experienced and certified instructor to learn the basics of the sport. This means you can now purchase equipment and practice on your own under the supervision of an instructor. The team at Quest Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. has IKO- International Kiteboarding Organization Instructors who certify each student who learns the sport. Certifications are a great way of understanding the level of students whenever they wish to upgrade their skills.
Our location is easily accessible from Chennai or Bangalore and we have been getting a strong response from the youth and professionals who come to learn the sport. One of our students even got featured in a very prominent travel magazine. We do visit Chennai often to conduct clinics but most of our students prefer to take a break and come learn with us in paradise, Rameshwaram.
Explore the clear blue lagoons with us, some of the best Kitesurfing spots of the world are hidden in India. There are so many lagoons & so much wind.. what more can a Kitesurf traveller ask for!
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FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kiteboarding and how does it work?
Kiteboarding is a young sport. A Kiteboarder stands upright on a board which has foot straps and uses the power of a large controllable kite to propel the board across water, land or snow. The body is the only connection between the kite and the board both have to be controlled at the same time. As the kiteboarders skill improves boards without straps can be used as well!
Is there a difference between Kiteboarding and Kitesurfing?
Kiteboarding is used as a broader term which implies using a Kite with a board. This board could be a surfboard or twin tip board for water, a landboard or skateboard for land or snowboard for snow. Kitesurfing is generally used when the Kite is used along with boards meant for water- with or without surfing waves. Yes kitesurfing is fun on flat water too, specially for wakestyle tricks and learning.
How does one get into Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing?
Kiteboarding is a skill based sport. It is about 90% kite skills and 10% board skills. The best way to learn is by taking lessons and learning with progression. We call Kiteboarding a progression sport because failure it’s the key factor used in building skills to control the kite. The instructor will analyse your skill level and give you exercises to give you .
Be advised that going to a certified instructor for a few learning lessons is a must. It’s the best way to be introduced to all the gear but mainly the safety systems and procedures. You will also be shown how to set it all up, explained the weather conditions, your life may depend on these lessons!
A philosophical angle?
The rules of Life and Kiteboarding remain the same — Let go and stay calm when you feel the pressure. As soon you let go of the control bar, the kite changes shape loses wind and relaxes- gliding peacefully. This was one of the things we learned during our kiteboarding safety lesson. Kitesurfing is an adventure sport that combines skill attributes from activities such as surfing and paragliding into one power packed sport. You surf on water or Ride on sand by using the power of the wind. Easy isn’t it?
Is there wind in India?
Colourful, Vibrant & Enchanting this country has a massive 7,600 kilometres of coastline & we found Wind, Lagoons & Point breaks for surf. Come join us as we take you on an extremely special journey mixed with things you love, great kitesurf spots, awesome scenery, vibrant culture, great food & accommodation.
INDIA IS MORE THAN A KITESURFING DESTINATION
Makes us feel like true explorers, with so much to offer. Let’s indulge in the ancient history which brings in the fabulous architecture with monuments to ogle at or the pristine coastline left to seclusion. The hustle bustle of cities with interested modes of transport which take us out into rural villages where the hospitality is limitless. But the main show, clear blue waters, flat water lagoons, amazing surf & just us to fill the space.
International travellers can Land in one of many international airports in the country, we advise booking your flight to Chennai International Airport as there are direct flights from Chennai to the closest domestic terminal.
International Airports closest to our location are:
Chennai International Airport (MAA)
Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
Bangalore International Airport (BLR)
Domestic Airports closest to our location
Madurai Domestic Airport | 3 hour drive to our location
Tuticorin Domestic Airport | 3 hour drive to our location
Tiruchirappalli Domestic Airport | 4 hour drive to our location
Bangalore Domestic Airport | Overnight bus to our location
TURN KEY BOOKING OF FLIGHTS & TRANSPORT
Our travel desk can facilitate the best value & quickest travel from your origin destination to our Kiteboarding spots of the season. Cheap flights, Car hire, Airport transfers or pre & post Kite trip accommodation with visits to important heritage monuments. (email: email@example.com)
WHAT IS SWAMI’S BAY?
Our base camp, with fantastic conditions for all levels & styles of Kitesurfing. A picturesque memorial faces the clear blue bay harbouring 3 islands. Free-ride, Freestyle or Wave-style riding this is an epic spot for all Kiteboarding disciplines.
WHAT IS LANDS END LAGOON?
Shallow flat water lagoon on one side & a rodeo wave spot on the other, besides the feeling of being in an Indiana Jones & Lara Croft setting.
WHAT IS FISHERMANS COVE?
Flat water lagoon with a lot of character, excellent place to practice freestyle or go for an exploratory free-ride session around the cove.
Why are we secretive about Kitesurfing spots in India?
To keep the experience Authentic. Our chosen locations have wind, clear blue water, lagoons & waves backed up by an experienced & helpful support team. You can contact us if you have an inquiry about Kitesurfing Holidays & Trips
A typical Kiteboarding day
10 AM Transfer to the chosen Kite spot for the day
01 PM Transfer to your accommodation for lunch (Optional)
02 PM Transfer from your accommodation to the chosen Kite spot for the evening
05 PM Transfer to your accommodation