Long-distance kayaking is not very famous in India. Oscar Chalupski, whom I mentioned before, had mentored a lady who kayaked around the whole of Australia. She had written about her expeditions in her book, and she reached out to me through Facebook, asking me to read her book. After reading her book, I realized I should replicate this on our home turf. India has the 20th largest coastline in the world, and a beautiful one indeed. So in 2014, I took a sabbatical from my workplace. I went from pillar to post with all of my achievements in search of sponsors. I knew that if I couldn’t get money to get to Goa, it was going to take me an insane amount of bargaining to traverse the coastline. The training took around three months. I stayed at one of the beaches in Alibag and trained there in the rough waters. My first expedition from Bombay to Goa took about 17 days. I kayaked for 14 days, and I had a full-grown fever and a cold and cough on 3 rest days. There was one place where I almost ran into a pack of leopards at a beach. I have crash-landed on tons of beaches in this fashion till now.
All this was just a pilot for me. I knew if I wanted to make a mark of my first expedition, I would have to break some record. So, in November 2016, I loaded up my kayak on a car and went to Dwarka along with my parents and my girlfriend. I started my kayaking journey alone in mid-November in the Dwarka main water. In the next 83 days, I traversed down from Gujarat to Tamil Nadu, crossing Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, and finally reaching Kanyakumari. With my second expedition, I broke my own Limca record, and I still hold it for the longest-solo kayaking by any Indian.