For Mumbaikar, Kaustubh Khade, this is one of the major challenges. KK, as he is known popularly, has decided to kayak from Mumbai to Goa.
Journey from Mumbai to Goa is always pleasant and thrilling whether it is by road or rail. If by road, whether it is by cycle, car, jeep, bus or so on. At one point of time there used to be ferry services between Mumbai and Goa. And not to forget the 1972 adventure-comedy film – ‘Bombay to Goa’.
KK, a water sports lover will start from the Gateway of India on February 14, which happens to be Valentine’s Day and reach Goa probably in 20 days time. The five-member support crew which would travel by road comprises parents and friends. He is expected to raise charity to the tune of Rs 20 lakh for Magic Bus, a leading NGO.
“I am very excited about it,” Khade told Deccan Herald . “The response has been good,” he noted.
During his journey, Khade is going to carry bare essentials — lots of water, bananas, energy bars, life jacket and gear to protect himself from the sun. KK, a natural athlete, who after years of excelling at sprinting, football, rugby and swimming in school and college, finally found his calling with water sports.
After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, KK took up kayaking as a challenge, and in span of five years, has found himself amongst the crop of India’s top pro kayakers.
Trained under twelve time world Champion for surfski kayaking, Oscar Chalupsky, KK’s first major tournament was the 2012 National Championship for Dragon Boat Racing held in Mumbai.