.Real Dill: Krishna Raichura of Pickleball Organized

Anyone who knows me is aware that I like to talk about pickleball and sometimes even play. That’s, in part, thanks to Krishna Raichura, the real dill when it comes to coaching and teaching pickleball here in Marin. The following is an interview with Raichura.

What do you do? I’m the owner (and certified pro instructor) of Pickleball Organized. I was in the IT industry for 20 years before trying out this entrepreneurial thing. And it was during COVID that I realized I had found my true calling.

Where do you live? Novato, in the San Marin area.

How long have you lived in Marin? Seven years, and lived in SF for 10 years before. Originally from the East Coast in Maryland, Washington, DC Metro Area.

Where can we find you when you’re not at work?

At home with my rescue pups, Milli and Zola. Planning the next fun event for Pickleball Organized.

If you had to convince someone how awesome Marin was, where would you take


Take them on a hike at Mt. Burdell in Novato and then to the 19th Hole Bar & Grill at the Indian Valley Golf Club. You recently introduced me to The Lodge in Fairfax. And that’s what I like about Marin, so many hidden gems.

What is one thing Marin is missing?

An authentic Indian street food restaurant. Let’s combine that with a social pickleball court and some beers and now we’re talking.

What’s one bit of advice you’d share with your fellow Marinites?

Play more pickleball! After a few lessons with me, of course.

If you could invite anyone to a special dinner, who would they be?

I would invite my Mom. She was my world, but she passed away four years ago. I would love to take her out, order the best bottle of wine on the menu and tell her everything I’ve been up to. I can picture her beaming…

What is some advice you wish you knew 20 years ago?

There is never a better time than right now.

What is something that in 20 years from now will seem cringeworthy?

Technology isn’t going away, but I think we already regret (or should) not spending more time in the real world.

Big question. What is one thing you’d do to change the world?

Figure out how to get more women into positions of opportunity.

Keep up with Raichura at @pickleballorganized, or sign up for lessons, and maybe you’ll be as ‘good’ as me one day.

Nish Nadaraja was on the founding team at Yelp, serves on the San Anselmo Arts Commission and attempts to play pickleball at Fairfax’s Cañon Club.


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