In India, riding waves is more than a sport. Surfing is a new form of spiritual meditation for the new generation of "swami surfers". India is slowly exploring the potential of its 7500 kilometres of coastline and surfing waves is the perfect joint-venture between the two worlds: physical exercise and religion.
In Mulki, located a few kilometres north of the city of Mangalore, the race for waves is beginning to be intense and, at the same time, tranquil. A growing number of surfers from Mumbai, the most populous city in India with 20 million people, are heading to Mulki to enjoy surfing.
Recently, Indian surfers have put up their inaugural gathering. The India Surf Festival connected the surfer's spirit to the ocean, in the scenic stretch of the Orissa Beach.
The newly-created Surfing Federation of India is also preparing to boost the number of surf enthusiasts in the country. The Southern swells coming from the South Pole are blessed events for Indian surfers. The first official surf competition in India may happen in 2012.
Surf tourism is becoming a reality. International surfers have already starting to explore the best surf spots of India. Uncrowded spots, perfect waves and warm people are waiting for all travelers. The Ashram Surf Retreat is one the oldest surf business in India and it is located in the surf town of Mulki.
The "surfing swamis" are excited to see the sport getting national attention. While the purification of their souls continues through sound vibration, the sport of surfing will keep attracting new fans and participants to the waters of the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.