As we watch Kamali go up and down the ramps, showing off her potential, Aine Edwards, an entrepreneur who frequents the town to surf tells us, “Jaime Thomas, a famous skateboarder who also runs a skateboard-making company, came down here and gifted her his skateboard. But she shares this with all the children here and they take turns on the ramps. It’s amazing to see them just enjoy themselves.”
A six-year-old girl from Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, Kamali Moorthy is ruling skateboarding legend Tony Hawk's Facebook and Instagram page.
The girl who is known to have amazing skills at skateboarding, got an opportunity to take a lesson or two from skateboarder Jamie Thomas himself. It was Aine Edwards, a Chennai-based consultant who introduced Kamali to the American professional skateboarder and skateboard industry entrepreneur Thomas, when the latter was in India.
Sr. Loreto Houlihan, who has served the community for more than 70 years, reminisces about the journey to then Madras from Ireland when she was 16. She opens up about learning Tamil on board the ship, working with the Santhal community and how Chennai is home to her now.
A film in the making produced by Áine Edwards.
Is it ironic that as the UN summit has been taking place in Paris, where I live, Chennai in the south of India, has been hit by the worst floods in over 100 years. There are reports of 280 dead and 28,000 rescued.
I left Chennai for two days to attend a business meeting in Dubai last week and haven’t been able to return because the city has been so destroyed.