Bhupendra Singh Rana aka Bhupi was born and raised in Rishikesh, India and now resides in the United States. Growing up in Rishikesh and calling the mighty Ganges his kayaking playground helped him to choose this sport at a very early age. Bhupi is a well-travelled, professional kayaker and river instructor. His positive energy and passion for kayaking and rescue makes him unique and takes him to different places around the world.
Today Bhupi is India's first and only water and rope Rescue Instructor (2018) certified by Rescue 3 International, USA, Sierra Rescue International and International Rafting Federation (IRF), USA. He runs a rescue training company called Rescue India based in Rishikesh, India. Rescue India is the first water and rope rescue training company (established in 2015) in India. Classes are available in India and around the world. Bhupi's rescue training allowed him to organize many relief efforts for the Kedarnath flood in Uttarakhand in India 2013.
In addition to a passion for the rescue world, Bhupi is also very passionate about whitewater kayaking and is the founder of India's first international kayak competition called "Ganga Kayak Festival" established in 2013. GKF has helped to put India on the map as a whitewater destination for extreme kayakers.
Bhupi has had the pleasure of being the first Indian to lead commercial rafting and kayaking trips on the White Nile River in Uganda, Africa from 2009-2012. He is a sponsored whitewater team paddler by NRS, USA and a brand ambassador for Dagger Kayaks, USA. His kayaking adventures have been featured in national and international magazines such as Kayak Session, The Outdoor Journal, Red Bull, Dainik Jagran and Dirt Bag Paddlers. Bhupi is currently a kayaking guru for Adventure Nation, India.
In 2011 Bhupi won the title of overall champion in India's national downriver kayak race. Then in 2012 Bhupi was the first Indian national to represent his country at the Sickline Extreme Kayaking world championship in Austria.
Bhupi completed his mountaineering training from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarakhand and his Wilderness First Responder by NOLS in New York, USA. He is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the United States.
When he is not kayaking or providing rescue training, Bhupi can be found starring in a film called "An Indian Man in Norway" which was nominated for the "Short Film of the year award" by Kayak Session in 2013. Bhupi also has an upcoming short movie called "Home Water" which was produced by TheVibe in partnership with Mercedes India coming out in Spring 2018.