1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you initially got into art?

    I’ve been in film-making overall about 10 years now. I developed an appreciation of art as an expression of performance about 13 years ago where I volunteered at the Ranga Shankara theatre for the inaugural festival.
    More recently about 6 years ago after I’d been working in Mumbai in the television industry as a post production technician (specifically editing) that I had the chance to edit an experimental film for artists Munir Kabani and Nikhil Chopra where we explored more abstract ways of looking at an experimental narrative. Around the same time I met Viktor Furiani, a Visual Jockey from Lyon who’d been visiting India and had already done preliminary experiments with a type of video art known as Video Feedback, which in theory mimics the structural nature of audio feedback interpreted in fractals. The derivation of this design left a strong impression on me and over the past few years, I’ve made it an integral part of my practice as an interactive installation.

2) Tell us about your role here at the Vision Collective

    The Vision Collective has in massive way – facilitated my research on the video feedback, the days here are observing fellow artists and their design sensibility and the evenings are spent with two projectors and two cameras. The idea has been to derive pure light feedback every time to then integrate into a design using camera captured video layers as elements to form video organisms.

3) Can you tell us about your creative process, what is an average day in your studio like?

    The process for feedback always starts from a single point of light. The nuances of the feedback dictate that it has a need for constant adjustment. The process involves constant adjustment and manipulation, over and underexposing the cameras in trying to stabilize a signal that always manifests in a unique fractal form. Once this is done, we go on to interact with the signal using shapes, hands, dance movements and just about anything that makes a shadow to see how the design responds.

3) Do you have any long-term goals or aspirations for your work? Whats a dream project for you?

    Where the feedback is concerned, I feel like there is an insight in the designs into the inner nature of the universe. I would really like to collaborate with scientists and physicians to gather further insight into the mathematical nature of feedback.

4) Is there an ideal start-to-finish time for a painting?

    At least 30 seconds OR several hours.

5) Where do you seek inspiration from for your art?

    All inspiration comes from nature, the various fractals and shapes that form and define our environment.

6) Would you ever consider creating a storybook/more narrative work for your illustrations? Are there particular kinds of stories you are drawn to?

    More a film probably. My favourite stories are ones that make a point without saying too much. Stories that have strong ingrained philosophies rather than straight up advice.

7) Any artists (living or dead) you would like to have participate in your art exhibition?

    Van Gogh maybe, Marcus Du Sautoy, Isaac Asimov, Tesla.

8) Is the aim of your work to instil any particular beliefs in the audience?

    An understanding of the nature of manipulation and interaction, I feel like the feedback creature to be really beautiful requires a very subtle level of interaction which can be perceived as a representation of how we live our lives.

9) What kind of art do you like to look at, and what kind of art are you least attracted to?

    I can’t say I discriminate between any types of art, we have to believe that meaning can come from anywhere.

10) Where would you like to see your art if it could be presented anywhere, or on anything?

    Anywhere where there’s a clean white surface – cloth or otherwise and access to electricity. It should also smell nice =)

11) Do you have any advice for aspiring artists/illustrators?

    Don’t take yourself too seriously.
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1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you initially got into art?

    My name is Joey Baker and I am a 22 year old fine artist, illustrator and designer based in London UK. I am also an art teacher at a primary school and care for autistic teenagers when I am not working on my art, the two lines of work link very well into each other as art is such a therapeutic process. I initially got into art by putting pencil to paper, my family are all very arty and musical, my mum is an artist and my dad a fashion designer so I think I was drawing by the age of 5. This is something that has stuck with me through the years and has become my best friend through thick and thin, bad times and the good times.

2) Tell us about your role here at the Vision Collective

    My role at vision collective is primarily for my art, to produce a collection of art under the influence of Goa combined with the inspiration that the gorgeous community here at Vaayu gives me. This consists of working both for myself and Vaayu which is a perfect balance as in my normal life my work consists of balancing design work for others and completing my own personal work. Secondarily my role here is to express my personality and leave a footprint of positive, young energy that inspires others.

3) Can you tell us about your creative process, what is an average day in your studio like?

    My creative process changes every time I create something, perhaps because art is a personal exploration where each piece is an opportunity to experiment and explore techniques to grow and develop as a person. If it is an installation I will usually draw out my ideas first and then develop from there, for more structural designs I will use computer aided software like InDesign or CAD as these are more mathematically correct. This varies especially when painting as sometimes I go straight into a painting without knowing what’s going on, or I will draw inspiration from sketches I have completed…. my new favorite process is to map out designs by combining imagery from every aspect of my life by digitising it and using Photoshop to make compositions as reference points to then paint from. This way I have an almost infinite inventory of imagery to work with.

4) Do you have any long-term goals or aspirations for your work? What’s a dream project for you?

    To be honest my core dream is something very humble, to have the freedom to be a part of the creative process of life, this process of discovery is a dream come true and is already happening, I am so thankful to be alive inside of a body which possesses the power to do such a thing documenting my perspective on the changing of time. However built on top of those foundations I have a dream to be a practicing fine artist whose work benefits communities around the world, I am already working towards setting up my own production company with friends, working with both musicians and artists. This would include creating art galleries/ venues/ stages and installations at festivals and various events….. I also really want to create a trust that is sponsored to create exhibitions that promote young up and coming artists that provide a platform for other companies to see the artists work, with money we can invest in technology, technology then propels art forward as art and science share the same interest of exploration.

5) Is there an ideal start-to-finish time for a painting?

    Not really, it all depends…. sometimes as an artist you have to work to a brief whilst completing commissions these have a time frame so you have to adapt your life around that and put the hours in, sometimes you will capture the right essence of a piece of art with a couple brush strokes and other times you will be painting for days before you get it. I like to bounce about and work on various different projects whilst completing one so it varies a lot. With my own personal work I like to spend at least two weeks on each painting to be sure it’s right, the longest time is spent on a painting is around a year.

6) Where do you seek inspiration from for your art?

    Everything and anything, there is a constant current of energy flowing from the outside world into you, through you and back into the outside world, this current is inspiration and interaction with environment, your body processes this as feelings such as smell, sight and sound which are all inspiration and it is as mortal as your own existence. Within my art I try to act as the bridge between generations, inspiration comes from combining philosophies and art of ancient civilizations and cultures with new age symbolism of the 21st century (my generation). I believe we have lost some sort of knowledge from these cultures with the expansion of modern day society. Imagery includes a lot of landscapes to macro/ micro/ astro imagery of nature all reflecting the beauty of the system we are all bound to, my inspiration is the desire to create a better day for tomorrow, a drive to build a better future for our children, the imagery of which inspires this is within all things connective. I believe art (being able to express yourself) keeps the evil at bay, which is enough inspiration to create art no matter what the outcome.

7) Would you ever consider creating a storybook/more narrative work for your illustrations? Are there particular kinds of stories you are drawn to?

    Yes, I am also an illustrator and this is a theme which runs through my work. If I create a series of work it has to be a story, storytelling is a vital part of the human experience as it shows the lineage and process of life. Most usually take on the narrative of the human life cycle with the emotions attached to birth, coming into childhood, manhood, elderly life and death/ rebirth and this is the same within my work…. check out my last exhibition series Lotus: https://www.behance.net/gallery/31901045/Lotus-Series Mythical stories or proverbs from different cultures are metaphorical of real life situations, I am drawn to these as they are teachings for new generations, these stories are captivating as they flow through time changing ever so slightly as the story is told, normally becoming more extravagant like Chinese whispers…. I think there’s something beautiful in that.

8) Your art has been influenced by a lot of human experiences.. can you tell us more about this?

    Yes, I believe all art is a product of our personal experiences, even if it is empathizing with someone else’s experiences as its subject matter, like a painting about a mythological story etc… I like to have an emotional attachment to my art, this seems to actually lock me in and care about the piece which in turn makes the piece better. So most of the art has come from moments of love and past tribulations, emotional experiences like breakups from girlfriends or death of friends and family or even a beautiful sunset whilst on a beach with friends in Goa. I believe deep in my heart that my art tries to imitate the love of everyone I have ever met as a way to try and give back what they have given me, this is perhaps why the art shows a lot of relationships that we have with each other and the natural world around us.

9) Any artists (living or dead) you would like to participate in your art exhibition?

    I would love to have an exhibition with some of my friends back home in the UK more than anything, to be honest. This year I have met so many incredible people and collaborated with so many inspirational artists across all boards of art from installations at festivals to carpenters and painters. These are the people who should come together to make new movements.

10) Is the aim of your work to instil any particular beliefs in the audience?

    Not in a forceful nature, there’s no dogmatic intention but more of a ‘look at the beauty that we possess within ourselves’ one of my favorite artists Alex Grey talked about how when people view art/ transformative art in particular it really sends us into a state of awe, a state of unknowingness that drives us to want to know how such art can be made. This is the drive behind all science and I suppose this state is something which I am always trying make audiences feel through the intense psychedelic compositions almost trying to imitate quasi- religious experiences, whether my art does this or not is a different story.

11) What kind of art do you like to look at, and what kind of art are you least attracted to?

    My preferred art is visionary art, it is part of the same movement and drive as my own art styles so it is important to follow and evolve with the movement itself, my favorite form of art is by far interactive art installations as they house the very basis of our life, bringing people together in an environment and completely changing 4 dimensional space.

12) Where would you like to see your art if it could be presented anywhere, or on anything?

    I would love to see my work projected onto something really interesting, possibly an old architectural structure such as a water well or temple. That would be amazing to see with all the geometries and patterns combining the old with the new.

13) Do you have any advice for aspiring artists/illustrators?

    Yes, if you really want to choose a life of creativity it is a personal campaign that is hard if you compare yourself to others, to be good at your job you have to sacrifice a lot of your life, you have the put in a lot of the energy very early on in your career but it pays off massively later on when the creative skills you’ve earnt are at your disposal and you can play and never have to work a day again. Listen to people’s advice but also stick to your vision as creativity comes from within you, your on your own mission. I don’t believe you can create with the intentions of just making money, make the art that you want to see and keep creating, the money will follow to fuel your journey. Don’t try be original but be you that’s where the originality comes from, empower yourself and you will empower others <3.

14) Lastly, how does it feel being the youngest artist at Vision Collective?

    Haha I am the youngest of children in my family so it doesn’t feel at all different from what I’m used too. I also feel that surrounding myself with slightly more mature people has many benefits, a more grounding atmosphere which is really nice and is exactly what I need whilst being in such a chaotic environment such as goa. The whole tribe really welcomed me into Vaayu and I felt super at home here, nothing to do with my age but because everyone treats each other the way they want to be treated.
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    Kahili Young, aka Hill Young has been entranced with the creative way of living since she was small. Her family is an incredible array of artists in so many ways that she grew up surrounded by unique ways of thinking and innovative solutions for life. Amongst her immediate family of 7 there are carpenters, graphic designers, cooks, mixed media artists, painters, and builders.
    In high school her skills as an artist started to become more fine tuned with drawing and painting and it’s all she wanted to do. She went to college for Graphic design to have an art job that ‘made money’, only having worked as a digital designer for a couple years before she realized her greatest passion was painting.
    Kahili has been a part of Vision Collective for more than a month now and as she gears up for her Art Exhibition: Concord we caught up with her to get an insight into her art and her stay out here. Read on to know more about this beautiful woman we’ve been lucky to have as a part of our tribe.

1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you initially got into art?

    Hello mermaids, sailors, dreamers, and change makers! My name is Kahili Young, aka Hill Young. I’ve been entranced with the creative way of living since I was small. My family is an incredible array of artists in so many ways and I grew up surrounded by unique ways of thinking and innovative solutions for life. Amongst my immediate family of seven there are carpenters, graphic designers, cooks, mixed media artists, painters, and builders.
    My father passed out of this material world 5 years ago and this shifted my outlook even more about the precious gift of life. I quit my day job, now running my own freelance business teaching, performance, making art installations, murals, and studio work.
    Ingrained in all of my work is also play. It is my personal meditation and place of deepest connection to the world. Through dedication to my creative expression, I am healing from any and all traumas and stages of grief that come into my life. I pull on the elements of nature, creatures and beings around me for inspiration, leading to a message about earth stewardship in my art. Each living being is so sacred, and each cycle of experience so connected.
    This is why I call my visionary artwork SACREDELIC. A combination of reverence for life and death with a spin of psychedelic vision. I encourage all beings to authentically express themselves in whatever they do for greater joy and understanding of their own path

-2) Tell us about your role here at the Vision Collective

    Coming to the Vaayu Vision Collective has been such a blessing! I’ve been able to connect with so many unique artists and people. I consider myself a pollinator- collecting and spreading the golden pollen of life from all my experiences. In this way, the community can make honey. From international to local, my mission is about connection. Educating myself and others as I go about nature and this beautiful gift of existence. I believe that as we strengthen our own lives through learning and traveling we can then bond together as a community. So through working on personal art and sharing my talents within the local venues and villages, I hope to spread the message person by person and create a SACREDELIC ripple effect.

-3)Can you tell us about your creative process, what is an average day in your studio like?

    Walking on the beach or sitting in meditation can spring forth visions that inspire my paintings. I work at any hour of the day when I feel most inspired. I’ve learned that whatever mood I’m in, expression can be created that will move me through it. I dance as a personal warm-up often for painting, and music is a great medicine for me as well. I’ll often loosely sketch out ideas for a piece then get into painting for 4-6 hours at a time. Insert a great meal, walk about, dance session or nap then I’m back at it again. Depending on the project, I will get into many days of this cycle. I love to paint until I can’t stay awake any longer, go to bed and roll right into it again the next day.

4) Do you have any long-term goals or aspirations for your work? What’s a dream project for you?

    I aspire to create zines and publications about environmental and human conservation and care. Since I also write and dance- I see a mixed media series forming on these lines. This would also be a collaborative effort with other skilled artists in like-minded passion.
    Murals are a great way to reach many people with the messages I am sharing. I look forward to continuing to travel and share my work on a personal and global scale with community workshops and mural creation.

5)Is there an ideal start-to-finish time for a painting?

    like to finish one painting or project within 2 days to a weeks time at most. Then the inspiration is fresh. I have an ongoing Rolodex of ideas in my mind for new projects! It’s nice to keep it flowing.

6)Where do you seek inspiration from for your art?

    My inspiration is based on my environment and a current path of learning. I draw from the people, plants and animals around me in my physical space and the ideas in my mind that I’m working through at the time. The ideas are often represented symbolically through specific shapes and creatures. For example, I paint the sun and the moon or a moon cycle to represent balance and phases, the constant shift of night and day, death and rebirth that I go through.

7) Could you explain the use of Mandalas and geometric patterns in some of the murals.

    Geometric work reflects the underlying patterns that make up our physical world. It is a beautiful discovery to see such a dedicated structure at the base of fluid organic forms of nature. This connection also represents the endless juxtaposition of life. Many simple shapes such as a triangle or a circle have been used in thousands of years by people with many meanings, and using these simple shapes brings an indigenous and yet timeless element to my work.
    Mandalas came into my art as personal therapy to cope with grief of my father passing on. For quite some time I just painted solid colors and shapes to simply work out the emotions of my life. Over time I’ve added more realistic elements of shading and form, while still keeping the simple process of creating a mandala. The circular shape and repeating patterns also lend to the geometric magic that forms us. Mandalas have also been used for ages in many cultures for healing and ritual, which is why I create!

8) Any artists (living or dead) you would like to have participate in your art exhibition?

    I love collaborations, and there are so many artists whose message and artwork I align with! I’m so grateful to have the space to collaborate with the artists here at the residency program to inspire new ways of creation. The list might be too long for this interview…. but I’d say anything that has an edge and a contrast usually is the best collaboration, whether it is a different type of medium or personal style.

9)Is the aim of your work to instill any particular beliefs in the audience?

    The beauty of art is the capacity to develop a bond to the representation of work. My best work is when either people love it or hate it. Deep understanding of the viewers current life experience or a challenge of their experience will stir something in the soul, and encourage a new space of belief.

10) What kind of art do you like to look at, and what kind of art are you least attracted to?

    Visionary and surreal artwork is my favorite, as it bends my mind to see things in new ways. I’ve never been into abstract art as something that I would put on my wall, however as a therapeutic art teacher- I value all types of expression! I understand it is just as much about the process as it it about the finished product.

11)Your work is invested in the conflict between man and nature–what interests you about this conflict? Is there any environmental aspect to your illustrations?

    My artwork aims to share the possibility of a greater connection or re-connection of people and nature. Through the industrial revolution many people have become separated from the simple, life giving elements of our organic world. Over consumption, the desire for money and material possessions have become a hinderance in many ways to the capacity for a connected, thriving life.
    For example, pollinators such as butterflies and bees are largely featured in my work. Honeybees across the globe are dying because of pesticides and mono-cropping (creating large farm lands or groves of only one type of food such as almonds or corn). In most cases, honeybees are shipped across country or from other countries into the USA to pollinate the crops because the fields are so large they wouldn’t naturally pollinate these areas and pesticides are killing the hives, so there are fewer and fewer bees. Shipping puts the bees at risk for disease in different zones than they are accustomed to, damages the hives in travel and disrupts many of their natural cycles. Instead of following the original processes of growing food in a diverse environment where bees flourish, we’ve become obsessed with how to make more money faster and the bees are diminishing quickly. We need them for our survival, as all the food we eat needs pollination.
    There are so many environmental issues that I could mention, and I’m doing my best to let my work speak to that. The more we become educated on these topics, I believe we have the power to change them.
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    If you’ve been in Goa long enough you’ll come to understand that it’s more than just the beaches and beers, the food is what adds to the experience of the this beautiful paradise a few of us are lucky enough to call home.
    Eating out in Goa is more like a science experiment, there’s so many little shacks and beachfront restaurants producing scrumptious food. It’s a confluence of culture and flavour like your palate has seldom experienced.
    And it’s not just the food. It’s the wonderfully eccentric spaces that serve as eating houses. From quaint Portuguese villas alongside terraced gardens to relaxed seaside that play amazing music to accompany your meal.
    Choose from French cuisine on the waterfront to top class Italian fare in a cute inland home to the most authentic seafood thalis, you crave it you get it!
    Here are a couple of our favorite go-to eateries around Vaayu Waterman’s Village:
  • 1) Prana Cafe
    • Prana is the life energy that permeates all living and inanimate existence and the universe. It also is the place to find the perfect balance between delicious and nutritious on one of the most beautiful beaches in the state. The food at Prana Cafe is crafted to fill every part of the body, not just an empty stomach. Slide in for some superfood smoothies, craft Indian coffee, fresh local vegetables, and smooth beach cocktails. Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner or after a exhaustive surf session with the Vaayu Adventure Centre. Must Have: Beef Burger, Fish stir-fry + Beef Tacos
  • 2) La Plage
    • If you’re looking for delectable french cuisine La Plage is your best option! It surely is one of the stylish shacks on Ashvem serving the finest of French Cuisine. And if that hasn’t sold it for you, there is a little store displaying the most beautiful kaftans! Must Have: Chicken Liver Pate with onion jam + Chocolate thali
  • 3) Elevar
    • An entity of the Leela Cottages, Elevar is the chicest restaurant by the beach! Elevar more precisely means ‘elevate’ in portuguese and that’s exactly what one will experience after their first visit to Elevar! Chefs Sai Sabnis & Chris believe that the dish must be fresh for the flavour to shine and not just create dishes that look good on the plate and they sure as hell know how to achieve that best! Must Have: Fish Thali + Tandoori prawn risotto
  • 4) Satpurush Hotel
    • This tiny little haven is easily missed by individuals who have never binged down the most authentic Goan home-cooked fish thali made by the most incredible husband-wife duo. Apart from the thalis they do serve other home-cooked and continental meals! Must Have: Fish Thali
  • 5) Roma Italian Restaurant
    • This cute little space on the side of the road has the cosiest atmosphere. Owned by Italian born Francesco, Roma is one of the few places in North Goa serving mouth-watering Italian dishes. Having been living in India for around 20 years Francesco understands exactly what one is looking to experience when craving some Italian delicacies. Must Have: Shiva Shakti Pizza + Goan Sausage Pizza + Calzone
  • 6) Aladdin’s BBQ Place
    • If you’re around Arambol and craving some BBQ, Aladdin has got you sorted. Known for being one of the best BBQ spots in North Goa it never fails to serve some mouth-watering BBQ. Must Have: Grilled Chicken
  • 7) Twice In Nature
    • Twice in Nature is more than a restaurant it is a community of likeminded people set in one of the corners at Arambol. The space is sprawling with musicians and artists using the walls as their canvas. Enjoy an energy chocolate ball in their exquisite tree house set-up. This space has recently opened and has a variety of vegan and vegetarian options! Must Have: Energy chocolate ball
  • 8) Double dutch
    • Double dutch is not just your ordinary cafe next door, it’s a beautiful initiative started by a dutch couple. Double Dutch can be found just off the main road, and is renowned for its delicious variety of cakes and dutch & thai food. It’s not just the relaxing garden environment that will encapsulate you but the beautiful owner Lucie, who donates most of the profits to handicapped children. Must Have: Coconut Pancake + English Breakfast
  • 9) Sublime
    • This quaint laid back joint is located on the beaches of Morjim with an open dining experience right on the beach. The kitchen comprises a quaint little Portuguese villa at the back end of the restaurant, while the dining space is set under an organic palm matte roof, facing the sea. It’s a perfect place to enjoy some sunset cocktails. Must Have: Blue cheese stuffed beef + Clams with Goan Chorizo
      • 10) Laxmi Restaurant & Bar
        • Situated in Morjim, Laxmi Restaurant and Bar is a happy looking shack serving appetising goan meals along with some mouth-watering continental cuisine. This place is hard to miss since it’s located right at the entry junction of Morjim. If you’re ever craving some tandoori and naan, this place is just the right choice for you! Must Have: Crab Tandoori + Chicken Masala with Garlic naan.
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    Live Like a Waterman

    The Roof-Top Tea Lounge at Vaayu

    Playing with Vayu

    Goa has proved to be an amazing place for fringe cultures to incubate, I think it has a to do with open-minded vibe that we have down here. Beginning with the cultural exchange of the Portuguese, the traveling counterculture community settled in Goa in the 1970s and 1980s. Ever since then Goa has been a center for international cultural exchange, where people from all around the world bring their interests and passion to share with their community. We are Super lucky to have access to wellness, food, music, art and permaculture from around the world. This might be one of the reasons that Wind Surfing and later on Kite Surfing took off in Goa. Besides being blessed with some gorgeous beaches and pretty decent wind during the summer, we have a core community of people from all over the world that spend 6-9 months a year in Goa with their kites. I can’t admit that I was around for the beginning of it so I couldn’t tell you how it all started. But I remember coming to Goa as a kid with my kites every season and spending every day on the beach either at Ashwem, Morjim or Mandrem and seeing 10-15 kites on the water.

    Today the community has grown quite a bit and it can get quite busy on some of the more popular beaches. I have counted around 100 kites while doing a down winder from Arambol to Morjim during nice day in February. In fact I enjoy kiting on some of the emptier beaches like Ashwem and up at the lagoon during the season time. Morjim and Mandrem are the busiest beaches with the most amount of Kiters, I like going on there in May since the amount of kites drop but between Jan-April it can gets a busy crazy specially if the wind is side shore and if you’re a beginner.

    Our Kiting season begins in January and continues till May, for some of us who like a bit of craziness it extends through the monsoon. Everyone is pretty friendly and helpful so it’s really nice to grab a beer after a long session as the sun goes down at a beach shack. I think what makes Goa even more fun is the diversity of watersports that are available like Surfing, SUP, Wakeboarding, Paragliding and Fishing. So if the winds now blowing or you have a family who doesn’t kite there’s always something for them to do. Besides the watersports Goa also offer an amazing array of Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, live music, art, markets, Yoga & wellness and interesting people to keep you engaged.

    These are all the reasons I moved to back to India from California to start my passion Project “Vaayu”. I really wanted to bring all my interest together to create an immersive experience to share with people. Vaayu, which means “Wind” is Sanskrit is located on mellow Ashwem Beach and offers Kitesurfing, Surfing, SUP and Wakeboarding lessons and rentals with certified instructors. It’s really important to have certified instructors and up to date equipment to make your learning experience safe, fun and progressive. A complete introduction course of 10 hours usually costs about 25,000. Besides the watersports center we have a surf shop, where you can buy all the Kitesurfing, Surfing, SUP and Wakeboarding gear you need to get yourself on the water after your course is over. This helps the sport and community to grow since it allows students to engage with Kitesurfing as a lifestyle. We have also set up a delicious café and bar right on the beach, which serves healthy food, smoothies and tropical cocktails. And finally a funky little surf Bed & Breakfast with its own art gallery, lounge and event space. There’s a lot of stuff going on here, with many interesting people around so come by and check it out if you’re around.

    I think Kitesurfing is more of a lifestyle than a sport, it’s about engaging with the ocean and the wind, sharing the incredible feeling of floating over the ocean and jumping up high up in the air and being excited about doing it all over again tomorrow. As a community we have a long future ahead of us and I hope it has lots of amazing young Indian Kitesurfers in it. All of us have a responsibility to be smart and safe in the water and continue to help one another. As the community grows it might be time for the Gov’t to regulate some basic requirements like safety gear and certified instructors for schools. What’s really exciting is that the Indian kitesurfing community is growing as people from the cities come down over the weekends and during the holidays. I am really glad to be a part of this scene and I really hope that by forming this connection with the ocean, this community develops a strong motivation to protect it so we can enjoy everything we love about this lifestyle.

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