Sandeep, born in 1984, was brought up in Chennai. He started his sports career as a professional snooker player and was ranked in Tamil Nadu as No.1 and in India as No. 4 in Snooker (2004 - 2005). While travelling India, Sandeep found himself on a surfboard and started surfing with relentless passion. Right now Sandeep has been surfing for more than 12 years and is running Cocopelli Surf School in Gokarna. He brought the joy of surfing to more than 400 surf students and surfed in Sri Lanka, Andaman Islands, Indonesia and all over the Indian coastline. He is very excited to explore more surfsport around the globe in future. In 2012 Sandeep got selected by the Surfing Federation of India to join the Indian team. Recently he has attended the first "ISA (International Surf Association) Level 1 Surf Instructor" course which was held in India and is now an internationally certified Surf instructor. He has also been participating in Surf competions around India.
Venkta .S. Gouda
Venkta, born in 1994, started surfing at Cocopelli Surf School in Gokarna and is one of the biggest talents on the Indian westcoast. We saw him catching huge waves with his bodyboard in monsoon, when the sky was dark and the sea was rough and messy. We decided to give him a try with a surfboard. He stood up instantly and since that day, he couldn't stop surfing.
Madhu. S. Gouda
Madhu S. Gouda, born on the beach of Gokarna, is visiting BCPU college Gokarna and is living right next to the ocean. Madhu is Venkat's younger brother, when he saw Venkta and Sandeep surfing, he also wanted to surf. He already was a good swimmer, but when he came to Cocopelli Surf School he turned out to be a good surfer within a few month of effort and hard training. Madhu says he likes surfing a lot and it is great fun for him to catch waves. He is very motivated to show what surfing is to the Indian people of his generation. A new era just started...
Yashwant M. Gowda
Yashwant M. Gowda, born on Gokarna main beach, is now doing schooling in Bhadrakali High School. Yashwant is one of thee youngest surfers, at just 15 years of age, and surfing with Cocopelli Surf School. He is very keen on getting better every day. Yashwant thinks that surfing is a lot of fun. He has been surfing for half a year, and has already got the knack of it. Yashwant looks forward to participating in surfing competitions.
Cocopelli is an American myth, half god, half man, who travelled from village to village. Wherever there were tears, anger, fear or sadness, Cocopelli stopped, played his flute and brought joy and happiness to the people. In Cocopelli Surf School, he helps people from all over the world to forget their troubles through surfing. When the next wave is coming, you don't have time to think about money-, job- or family-problems. It's only you, the board and the wave. That moment, all negative emotions are gone and your mind is free.