OCEAN DELIGHT Surf School-Kovalam
Appu Manik, our Founder, partner and senior coach grew up in a traditional hard working fishing village called Kovalam south of Chennai. His family have made a living by catching, selling and cooking fish for many generations.
Appu was 15 when he started surfing in 2005, a chance encounter with a roaming nomad surfer from Israel. Appu saw the light and has wanted to surf ever since.
Today, Appu is India’s most tropheyed surfer with 3 Indian surf championships and a bunch of other wins. More importantly, Appu says, “I have had the opportunity to influence other young people to get in the water and ‘catch the wave’ of surfing popularity in India.
Teaching has now became Appu’s passion. Since opening Ocean Delight Surf School in Sept 2015, young talent continues to emerge under his care with previous junior champions Vickey, Surya and Vannan already into the open ranks.*profiles of Vickey, Vannan and Surya below.
The ‘Idea’ of Ocean Delight helping get rid of the rubbish!!
Appu’s desire was also to create something good for his village. Appu wanted to give a chance to young surfers to get more experience and better opportunities, to help them grow in what they love – surfing!!.
Besides surfing, the aspect of a clean environment has become a very important matter to Appu… This is why Appu, with help from some amazing friends and his life partner Pamina, founded the “Beach Ocean Life” project which continues to keep all our beaches and environment clean.