IIT to Sports Illustrated: Disrupt Kayaking

IIT to Sports Illustrated: Disrupt Kayaking


Hi, I’m Kaustubh Khade.
I’m an IITian and an Asian medalist in kayaking and canoeing. Kayaking is where you propel a small boat,
using a double ended paddle. Now if you didn’t know what kayaking was,
then I believe I have a long way to go. My story starts in 2012, when I returned to
India after my first Asian Championship with 2 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze. But back in
India mostly people were indifferent to the sport and what we had achieved. Over 2 Asian Championships, I realised very
quickly, that there’s a ceiling to how fast the sport will grow in India. As a product
Manager I started looking at the problem differently. I decided to change from competitive kayaking
to a different kind of kayaking. Which in turn was Expedition kayaking. From two minute races, I decided to kayak for
6-8 hours continuously. From still conditions I changed the game to stormy conditions or
sunny weather. I was battling dehydration and long hours would cause fatigue. I decided
that the visual was the best way to take the sport to Indians and I employed GoPros , High definition cameras and telling the story really well over Social Media. I built two major expeditions. The first being
a pilot. In 2014 I took a sabbatical from work to establish this pilot where I kayaked
from Bombay to Goa solo over 17 days and covered 415 kms to enter the Limca Book of Records. In 2016 I quit my job entirely to work on the
biggest project which would be to kayak the West Coast of India. In november of that year,
I started from Dwarka in Gujarat, and kayaked for 83 days to cover 6 states and 3 union
territories ending in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.

2 Replies to “IIT to Sports Illustrated: Disrupt Kayaking”

  1. Hi bro how r u i am intrested in kayaking i need info about kayak that did i want any licence for kayak in river in my district then also in sea

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