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When they began, Malaviya said she and Pathiyan shared a board, since they couldn't afford two. When they started the club, one of the first things they realized was that they "would need more boards."
"Knowing how difficult it was for us, we didn’t want the locals to miss out on the opportunity to surf due to financial reasons," Malaviya said. "Hence, our surf school supports the free surfing of all the kids in the village."
"Initially, our parents were quite apprehensive of our unconventional decision," Malaviya (pictured) said. "However, the universe kept sending us signs, showing us we were on the right path and that motivated us to keep following our passion."
When asked what she loves most about surfing, Malaviya said, "It makes me feel like a child again."