Also Read: What an outing it has been for the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Paralympics. This weekend two athletes shared the podium as shooters Manish Narwal and Singhraj Adhana bagged a gold and a silver medal each at the mixed 50m pistol event.
Meet Murthy Megavan, a small-time fisherman-turned-surf champion
Surfing champion Murthy Megavan is a fisherman’s son from a tiny fishing hamlet along Tamil Nadu's ECR. His love affair with the sea began when he was a child and would bunk school to ride the waves using a broken wooden window.
His life took a U-turn in 2001 when he came across Jack Hebner, the Surfing Swami, who was at Kovalam riding wave after wave on a surfboard. Megavan borrowed the surfboard from Hebner and took only a few minutes to adapt to it.
That was initiation into surfing. By 2003 he'd managed to buy himself a surfboard and began self-learning. Though the locals ridiculed him, he ignored it all... such was his love for the sport.
Published on 07, Sep 2021