ON OUR WAY.
As I sit on a plane from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur I’m faced with the reality of DAY 1 -Surfing in all 28 states of India.
You see for the last 4 months there has been a lingering uncertainty whether or not this adventure would go ahead.
Between having no funding, no contacts in India and at one point no Visas or passports there have been more dramas than a season of the Bold & the Beautiful. Despite all the setbacks, every good soapie has its epic slow motion moments.
5 weeks ago, I sat on Skype in the early hours of a Sydney morning, speaking to Jonno in New York.
After the hesitation and doubt that had prevented a concrete decision over the past 3 months of planning, the 4 simple words of
“Lets just do it” changed everything.
The next day our amigo Campbell confirmed he’d join us as the director of photography, handing in his resignation at work and preparing to film the 3 month adventure through India.
We had just enough left on our credit cards to book 3 one way flights, not sure of our return.
A week later Smriti – Jonno’s friend from NY – found out about the project and expressed her interest in joining the crew on this epic challenge. What we didn’t realise was she was serious, and only 3 weeks out from the trip she gave her notice at work and booked a flight to Delhi.
The last 2 weeks leading up to the project have been a ridiculous blur of sleepless nights and gut wrenching dramas.
Although funding still hadn’t come thru – which would have resulted in no cameras and no surfboards – we were still psyched that everything would fall into place and we would be on the flight to Delhi, but like any good adventure we experienced some crazy setbacks surrounding our Tourist Visas.
Long story short, we all didn’t receive our visas until the day before flying out, and there was a 90% chance I wouldn’t receive mine in time.
I guess going through all of this has prepared us a little more for India. The unfortunate reality that this trip will be jam packed with trials & triumphs, and the challenge to stay positive in any situation we come across over the next 3 months.
In 9 hours we will be in the chaos of Delhi, and in a country that is so far from the western comforts of Sydney & New York.
Selamat Tinggal from Kuala Lumpur!