The ability to go standup paddling is taken for granted by many of us. For 18-year-old Tanvi Jagadish, nothing could be farther from the truth. Growing up in India, societal norms discourage women from participating in sports like standup paddling. However, unlike the millions of Indian women who accept this fate, Jagadish had a passion for the water that would not be quelled.

She began giving lessons at the Mantra Surfing Club in Mangalore, India and before long, attracted the attention of professional paddler April Zilg. The East Coast paddler took Jagadish under her wing and brought her to the United States to compete in races including the Carolina Cup. In 2016, Jagadish became the first female paddler to represent India during the 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships.

Now, this inspiring padder has made her way to the TED Talks stage. Check out her talk as she discusses a broad range of topics including her life, paddling career and the importance of following your passions.


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