In 2013, She was joined by a group of foreign female surfers, including
Crystal Thornburg-Homcy from Hawaii, to make a
feature-length documentary- Beyond the Surface,
which looks at the ways surfing can be used to empower women in India.
“It was very different to what
we were used to,” says Thornburg-Homcy. “Women are often not allowed in
the ocean for a variety of reasons: such as their dowry can be affected
if they are injured or that families don’t want their girls to have dark
skin. The cities are a bit different, but this is what we found in the
villages,” she says.
Thornburg-Homcy adds: “I think when other
women saw Ishita in the ocean that was really eye opening for them. She
was breaking a lot of cultural boundaries.”