Confessions of a 15 year old.

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Confessions of a 15 year old.

Guest blog: Written by Harman Gill. 

My name is Harman Gill , I'm 15 years old and I'm a kayaker.  I have been learning whitewater kayaking with Goodwave Adventures in Karjat on and off over the last one year.  During my summer vacations I felt the need to go to a different place to improve my skills so I got in touch with Goodwave and asked them if i could come over for a 5-day kayaking session.  They agreed, I was game so here is my story. 

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Mission Karjat 2: A Budding Western River Running Community

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Mission Karjat 2: A Budding Western River Running Community

Earlier this year, the Goodwave team had commenced an operation in Karjat, Maharastha. The goal of this visit was to encourage and train young students from The Oberoi International School, Mumbai as well as explore the delights of the location when it comes to the rivers that flow, creating some sublime whitewater. With the stellar success of the previous visit, the Pej River had a lot to offer to our budding whitewater kayaking community. However, continuity in our activities is paramount in order for us to succeed in our goal. As a result, on the weekend of September 24th and 25th, the Goodwave team set out to continue our operations for a second edition of MISSION KARJAT.

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The Kali River Expedition, Uttarakhand

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The Kali River Expedition, Uttarakhand

It was turning out to be a cloudy day. The sun had evaded us this morning. Clouds slowly began to overpower the blue sky. It was not long until we began to hear the roaring of thunder that seemed to have attacked the great Sivaliks, of the outer Himalayas. The mountains were hidden behind a curtain of clouds and moisture. A storm was coming!

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MISSION KARJAT

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MISSION KARJAT

Mandala. An age old philosophy that has stood the test of time, having implications in various cultures and civilizations. Mandala hails from Sanskrit origins, loosely translating to ‘circle’. However, a mandala is far beyond a notion of just being a shape. A mandala is the wholeness of life, representing the inter-relationships of all existence, with the scale of size not being a boundary. Another meaning for the mandala is community. For us kayakers, we revere our relationships with rivers and the surrounding ecology. However within such a mandala, what perhaps might fuel our experiences on the river, is another mandala in the form of our community. And in this inception of mandalas, we believe it to be crucial to build an ever growing entity of kayakers. To be able to share the wonders of the sport with as many people as we can is our goal. With Mission Karjat, we believed it to be the one of the best ways to achieve our dreams, by nurturing talent at a prime age. As a result, we performed the 14 hour drive to Karjat, Maharasthra from Bangalore, with four boats strapped on top of our car, to create some daredevil paddlers out of the kids who were joining us from the Oberoi International School in Mumbai.

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WAKE UP WITH DETERMINATION, GO TO BED WITH SATISFACTION

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WAKE UP WITH DETERMINATION, GO TO BED WITH SATISFACTION

Ever heard of the saying, ‘Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction’? It might come across as a no brainer sort of life lesson. However, I am quite certain that many of us might actually come to an agreement on how hard it actually is to live by such a philosophy. Now I am still learning, beyond the rather short wavelength of kayaking, though an integral portion of my life spectrum. However, my recent trip to the Cauvery section close to Dabbagulli, magnified the very process mentioned above. With my newly constructed skills in kayaking, I was finally a part of a prolonged river run.

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THE BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY, MAKES YOU A BEGINNER

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THE BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY, MAKES YOU A BEGINNER

My previous trip could be considered as another great milestone in my paddling experience. For one, I had the opportunity to paddle a river for the first time and add it to my kayaking resume. But over and above such an addition to my personal accolades that undoubtedly I am happy to self-endorse, what really makes this specific trip special was my assistance in the instruction to beginner students, some of them being my very good friends…

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THE BEGINNER'S JOURNEY CONTINUES! FAR FROM OVER...

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THE BEGINNER'S JOURNEY CONTINUES! FAR FROM OVER...

We were informed that the Coorg area had received some heavy rainfall over the past few days and the water levels in Barapole seemed to have risen. Now for a paddler, that is some brilliant news! When a paddler is made known of such a situation, it calls for an immediate planning of a trip. I had doubled check with our very Uncle and Aunty from the homestay in T. Shettigeri and once satisfied of the plausibility of a far more interesting river run, we tightened the straps that held our kayaks on top of the car and made the journey to the Barapole River!

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WAVE SPORT DIESEL 70 REVIEW, BY KASI VISWANATH RAJU

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WAVE SPORT DIESEL 70 REVIEW, BY KASI VISWANATH RAJU

Comfortable, fast and a carving machine- The three words chosen by Kasi Vishwanath Raju to describe his boat, the Wave Sport Diesel 70. 

Kasi has been paddling since October 2013 and has managed to consistently hit the river at least one weekend every month ever since. He has tackled......

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THIS BEGINNER KNOWS HOW TO ROLL!

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THIS BEGINNER KNOWS HOW TO ROLL!

It was around eight o’clock in the evening on Wednesday night when Manik gave me a call and asked me if I wanted to go to the Barapole in Coorg once again this weekend. He mentioned a friend was coming to town and wanted to get some kayaking action this weekend, with his newly purchased Dagger Mamba! This would be the trip where I could develop my novice skills in the sport and possible master the roll. I had to go… Before I knew it, I was packed and ready to leave on Friday morning, back to Coorg!

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LEARN TO KAYAK, I'M STILL A BEGINNER!

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LEARN TO KAYAK, I'M STILL A BEGINNER!

Your friendly neighborhood kayaking beginner is back! This time, I was fortunate enough to travel to the beautiful territories of Coorg, close to the banks of Barapole. So on Thursday, yet another team of four made our way from Bangalore to a small town called T. Shettigeri, close to Srimangala. Getting to travel to the notoriously famous area of Coorg as well as to have another dose of my newly found addiction in the form of kayaking seemed like an ideal weekend to me!

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Learn to Kayak, a beginners perspective

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Learn to Kayak, a beginners perspective

It was around half past three when we, a team of four finally embarked on our seven hours long road trip to Kodenchery, a small township in the Calicut district of Kerala. But this was not just a regular trip to visit the pristine greenery that is present in ‘God’s own country’. No… We were on a mission. A mission to begin our training as whitewater kayakers. And boy, I couldn’t wait…

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Expedition to the land of the Gods (The Dev Bhoomi)

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Expedition to the land of the Gods (The Dev Bhoomi)

Over a span of 7 days a strong team of paddlers from the south and ably led by Anvesh Singh Thapa from Expeditions India, www.expeditionsindia.com​ paddled 4 of the major holy rivers of this land. The Mandakini (Class IV), Pindar (IV+), Bhagirathi (Class IV), Alakananda (Class IV+) and the Ganga (Class III+).  Taking a break from hectic road & river trip the team also managed to take part in the Ganga Kayak Festival where our own kayaker Jacopo Nordera missed out on a podium finish by a mere 1/10ths of a second. 

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Kayaking on the Barapole

Photos from the river trip on Barapole and Kutiyalpole

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