PaddleHard: The 500 km kayak expedition

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by Kaustubh Khade on Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Session type
Lightning Talk

Technical level


The execution and thought process behind The Limca record setting kayaking attempt.
What it means to kayak solo along the Indian coastline. What is MagicBus and how is it helping the underprivileged aspire to more. Taking the leap from the corporate world to sports.


I’m a 27 year old kayaker. I’ve been on the Indian Kayaking Team and have represented India at two Asian Championships.
I’ve graduated from iit Delhi and had a comfortable job till I took my sabbatical 4 months back to do a 500 km kayaking expedition from Mumbai to Goa.
Apart from encouraging people to recognise the sport and come out on the water, I’m raising money for an NGO called MagicBus. I’d like to talk about the work done at MagicBus and how people can be more involved.
Lastly, to everyone who’s waiting on the fence staring at their dream project gather dust, I’d like to talk about what to expect and how to endure it.


An open mind.
I accept all major credit cards. (equipment isn’t cheap) ;)

Speaker bio

I’m a 27 year old kayaker. I represented India in the Asian Dragon Boat Championships in 2012. We won 6 silver and 3 bronze medals at the event. And in 2013 at the Asian Sea Kayaking Championships I finished 5th out of 17. I also race sail. And practice archery and play football. I’m also a certified ICF Dragon Boat Coach.
Academically, I graduated from IIT Delhi in 2009. I’ve worked in Marketing, Development, and Product Management.