• ADVENTURE IS AN ATTITUDE | INDIA PART 3

Written by Lauren Hill on her return from India.

It's the depth of travel that matters more than the distance traversed; adventure is an attitude. I went to India to work on the Beyond the Surface film with a crew of amazing women. We had so many memorable experiences along the way, but I always find it difficult to recap travels afterward. Words may fail to recreate those experiences for others, but the magic of adventure lingers within us for our entire lives.

Recounting stories just never quite does them justice - you miss out on all of the other senses that make travel so rich: the wafts of incense and roadside curry stalls, the sweetness of a post-surf chai, the tapestry of colors that swirl all around as you make your way through the streets of a seaside village, the cheeky sweetness of local people equally enthralled by your foreign-ness as you are by theirs and serendipitous encounters with wildlife.

It's always the seemingly mundane details that end up being most memorable for me.
Below are a few shots from along the way!

Love Lauren

Learn more about our film at www.BeyondtheSurfaceFilm.com

INDIA 1

I love how colorful women's clothes are in India.
You'll see every color of the rainbow in a simple stroll through town.

INDIA 2

Daily offerings to the gods are reminders of our connection to the divine.
Photo: Liz Clark

INDIA 2A

Emi and I in a quaint little seaside village in Tamil Nadu

INDIA 4

We went searching for surf, but the swell never came in Tamil Nadu although
we found some spots with incredible potential

INDIA 4A

Emi Koch is a bundle of fun.
Photo: Erik Knutson

INDIA 5

A little swell finally came and we surfed our brains out!
Photo: Erik Knutson

INDIA 6

More often than not, Indian streets are filled with festivities.
Photo: Erik Knutson

INDIA 7

Sliding on a little wavelet.
Photo: Erik Knutson

INDIA 8

Brekkie of hot cinnamon bread and fresh fruit.

INDIA 9

Most mornings we were up well before the sun to shoot in the ocean.

INDIA 10

Religious influence in India meant that we as women had to cover up
more than one would ever choose to in such hot and humid weather.
We were still all smiles though

INDIA 11

Teaching women to surf in their traditional saris.
Photo: Erik Knutson

INDIA 12

Nothing like a cozy little bungalow to crash into after a morning drenched in salt and sunshine.

INDIA 13

Traditional hot, flaky paratha bread and simple veggie curry was on the
menu most days.

INDIA 14

Overlooking the fishing village where there may or may not be a potentially
world class point break set up!

INDIA 15

Why did the chickens stare at the wall?

INDIA 16

Encounters with wild and free wildlife were some of my most treasured
memories of the trip.

www.BeyondtheSurfaceFilm.com

Water photography by Erik Knutson.
Follow him on Instagram @erik_knutson_