Wander & Wonder: India
Send India
Chase our team through the trails
& up the boulders of Hampi.
Emerging from our cabins after 16 hours on the Arabian Sea we didn’t know what to expect.
We had heard of the wave… Seen footage of it years ago.
But trying to time the swell just after monsoon season seemed unlikely.
To come all this way, unknowns at every turn, hoping we’d find waves… The odds weren’t in our favor.
antipode |'an(t)ǝ,pōd|
the parts of the earth diametrically opposite: pole and its antipode
Destination: Immersion
Destination: Immersion
Wander through the waves & waters of this
remote island off the coast of India.
Destination: Immersion
Destination: Immersion
Wander and Wonder
Wander and Wonder: India
First things first: tear up that itinerary and
forget what you think you know about India.
Wander and Wonder
Wander and Wonder: India
GETTING THERE: 35+ HOURS :: 17,471KM
DEPARTURE
  • LAX >> 16 hours :: 14,231 km >> DXB
  • DXB >> 3 hours 50 minutes :: 2,837 km >> COK
  • Fort Kochi Ferry Terminal >> 16+ hours :: 398 km >> Handshake Jetty
  • Handshake Jetty >> 5 minutes :: 5 km >> Crescent Shallows
ARRIVAL

India is made up of 29 distinct states. While bound by Hindi as their national language, each state has its own language (not just a dialect), its own script, its own cuisine, its own unique identity. On a recent prAna adventure, our team of ambassadors explored two of these states: Kerala and Karnataka.

Any trip to India comes with its own set of rules. You have to forget everything you think you know, understand that an itinerary is out of the question, and give in to the energy of an experience that will resonate across all future adventures.
THE ARABIAN SEA
Coincidentally the name of the boat we were during our 16-hour trek across the Arabian Sea to the Lakshadweep Islands off the west coast of India. Getting on the boat was easy as we boarded from the Ft. Kochi ferry building; getting off the boat was another story.

The ride was an adventure, but the curry and chai tea more than made up for it.
Wander & Wonder: India
Following a 16-hour overnight journey aboard the “Arabian Sea” (shown in background), our Ambassadors are helped ashore by a team of local villagers.
LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS, ARABIAN SEA, INDIA
Once on the all-Muslim island, we traded time between the steep, salty wave at the jetty, and the shallow lagoon that stretched for miles.
Wander & Wonder: India
When a wrong turn on a surf check turns into a longer than expected tour of the island, you need a flexible fit with a rugged soul. Just ask prAna Ambassador Nole Cossart (photographed here on one of the rare moments he wasn’t leaping from the pier to dissect this salty, exotic wave).
Wander & Wonder: India
Each evening on this remote island off the west coast of India, crowds would gather to watch prAna Ambassador @nolecossart get cozy with this incredible wave. Before dinner, Nole and the entire team would join the local kids in the shallows to bodysurf as the sun set behind them.
Wander & Wonder: India
prAna Ambassador @nolecossart puts our gear to the ultimate test from sun up to sun down. Whether he’s chasing waves at the jetty, sailing through the lagoon, cracking coconuts at the resort, or hunting hermit crabs on Baby Island, he epitomizes endurance.
BANGALORE, KARNATAKA, INDIA
Before heading to Hampi for some epic bouldering, we stopped over in Bangalore to visit one of our Fair Trade Certified™ factories. There we met Rani, the Fair Trade Committee President, who will help her fellow factory workers decide how to spend the next round of Fair Trade premiums.
Wander & Wonder: India
HAMPI, KARNATAKA, INDIA
Once the center of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century, Hampi is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and internationally known as a bouldering mecca. We wandered for days through 600-year old ruins, rice paddies, and massive boulders, before connecting with a local climbing club.
Wander & Wonder: India
From climbing gym to couch, from 22 hour flights to foreign crags, prAna Ambassador Nathaniel Coleman knows when he’s found the reliable, go-to outfit because all he needs is what’s on his back.
Wander & Wonder: India
prAna Ambassadors @paulrobinson87 and @nathaniel.coleman on the hunt for new adventures as the sun sets on this locally world-famous bouldering spot in Hampi, India.
Wander & Wonder: India
From amazing breakfast curries, to hotel-room yoga, to morning mantras in 600 year old ruins: stay active and simplify your routine on the road with these packable performance pieces.
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