Why India needs adventure

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by Kaustubh Khade on Wednesday, August 23, 2017


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Technical level


Learn about how a seemingly unknown sport can be brought into the limelight by executing audacious plans correctly.
And how the time has come for Adventure sports in India.


The speaker has used long distance kayaking to raise awareness for kayaking as a sport. By kayaking the entire West Coast of India, and building content for the masses, he has looked at denting the surface of a cricket-crazy nation.
The combined use of digital media, social out reach and obviously the physical & mental exertion of a 83 day expedition by sea from Gujarat to Kanyakumari throws light to the thousands of athletes who haven’t made it just yet.


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Speaker bio

I have a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Delhi & a Limca Record for the Longest Solo Kayaking by an Indian.
I am a kayaker and have represented India at 2 Asian Championships winning 2 silver medals and 1 Bronze. I’m the first Indian to kayak the entire West Coast of India from Dwarka to Kanyakumari covering 3000 kms in 83 days.
Director, Co-Founder of the Clean Rivers Initiative which help locals preserve their water bodies and fall in love with them through watersports.
I’ve received the PhD Chamber of Commerce sports achiever award and am currently nominated for the Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award 2017, which is the Arjuna Award for adventure sports. I’m a TedX Speaker who’s been covered twice by Sports Illustrated India.


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    [-] Zainab Bawa 2 years ago

    Why is this talk suited for the society track, and not for fringe?

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      [-] Zainab Bawa 2 years ago

      Kaustubh, have you delivered this talk earlier? Do you have a slide deck we can see?

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    [-] kaustubh khade 2 years ago

    Hi Zainab,

    I don’t have a deck on this at present. But here’s a TEDx talk I gave when I kayaked a much smaller amount(bombay to goa) -

    Naturally after a distance 5 times that size, and having spent 2 years building the project there are more insights / things to talk about.

    As for the fringes - it’s been 5+ years Kayaking has been on the fringe. I hoped to be more accepted now.

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    [-] Peter Griffin 2 years ago

    How does one get in touch with you, Kaustubh?

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      [-] kaustubh khade 2 years ago

      Step 1. Hit +1 on the top bar of this page.
      Step 2. kaustubhkhade@gmail.com / +91-96195-81117

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