Wave Rider: Satya

Wave Rider: Satya

 Sri Krishna © Rammohan Photography

 

Article by Abhishek Khan on 24 September 2013 in Redbull

Not many surfers have a break named after them. Especially not when they're 20.

Few people at 20 can boast of having surfed around India. That too for around 8 years. Meet Srikrishna a.k.a Satya, who was introduced to surfing by the Surfing Swami. He divides his time between photography, design, surfing and skateboarding and is humble about having a break named after him.

(Break is a surf spot where the waves curl on to the shore)

Q. How did you get into Surfing?

I got into Surfing when I was about twelve years old. One of Surfing Swami's childhood friends Rick Perry first introduced me to surfing. I asked him if I could use one of his old surf boards and he let me use his 6.2 short board. I practiced paddling at Kaveri river in Sri Rangapatna for about a month, couple of hours a day. I was pretty lucky to be a part of a surf trip to Mahabalipuram with Surfing Swami. There I rode my first wave and ever since then I have been looking to surf wherever and whenever I can.

 

Sri Krishna © Rammohan Photography

Sri Krishna © Rammohan Photography

Q. Tell us about one memorable memory of surfing you have?

One of my most memorable surf memories is when I went to Little Andamans with my friends. I had the first opportunity to ride really good waves. It was a really fun trip - clear water, good waves and I had a lot of fun riding those waves with my two buddies (Dustin Ellison & Nila Newsom)

 

Rick Perry © Rammohan Photography

Rick Perry © Rammohan Photography

 

Q. What challenges did you face while learning to surf?

Paddling - probably one of the worst and yet the best training I had. Considering that we are situated at a river mouth, I had to paddle about half a kilometre to reach the ocean and sometimes against the current.

A surfing spot down in South India is named after Satya.

 

Satya at Satya’s. #surfception © Rammohan Photography

Satya at Satya’s. #surfception © Rammohan Photography

Q. Tell us how you discovered a break in South India?

I usually just went with my friends and Surfing Swami to surf trips and surfed the breaks they found or discovered. So technically I never discovered any breaks, however, one of the breaks they found was named after me - "Satya's"

 

Surfing on land. © Rammohan Photography

Surfing on land. © Rammohan Photography

 

Q. How did you get into skateboarding/longboarding?

One of my good friends Dustin Ellison is a good skateboarder. First time when he came to India he brought with him a skateboard and it was pretty much the same time I was still learning how to surf. I thought it was a pretty neat idea to do what I did in water on land. Both required similar skills and I took to skateboarding. It was fun, I had a good teacher (Dustin Ellison). That’s pretty much how I got into it.

Q. When is the most fun you've had skateboarding/longboarding?

Monsoons in Mulki are pretty heavy and stormy. If there's anything that would be less sane, it would be skateboarding and that’s exactly what we did - on the main highway, I, Dicky (my friend) and Dustin Ellison went for a long, crazy skateboarding across the highway. I think that was pretty awesome.

Q. What future plans?

Future plans for now include surfing, surfing and a lot more surfing. Other than that I do have a passion for traveling, photography, meeting new people and seeing different cultures.

 

Riding a big surf. © Rammohan Photography

Riding a big surf. © Rammohan Photography

Here is a short film about him!

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