Jack Hebner, can rightly be called the man behind the surfing movement in India. Surf and dive with his thoughts What brought you to India for surfing? originally, i came to india in the 1970s in search for spiritual knowledge. as i began travelling around i discovered that there are many great surf spots in india. on my next trip from the USa, i brought some surfing equipment and started surfing. for the first few years i was completely alone while surfing in india, now 35 years later there are hundreds of surfers and the growth potential seems unlimited.
Five thousand miles of coastline and not a surfboard in sight – but that's all changing thanks to the Surfing Swamis. Born under the technical and spiritual guidance of a former American surfer turned swami named Jack Hebner, the group last year set up theSurfing Federation of India (SFI) and has just organised the first Indian Surfing Festival in Orissa state on the other side of the peninsula.
Surfing India article in surfertoday.com. 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.
"Daruka Dasa looks out at the horizon, bobbing up and down in the Indian Ocean on a surfboard. “I see a wave out there that’s got your name written all over it,” he says. We’re off the coast of the southern Indian state of Karnataka, and Daruka seems to be looking vaguely in the direction of Somalia..." full story here