Surfing in Phuket – Everything You Need to Know

November 25, 2019
The Nai Harn

Phuket is known for its pristine beaches with creamy white sand and crystal clear waters. Tourists come here to relax, unwind, and enjoy some much-needed rest. However, thrill-seekers will be excited to know that this coastal town is also a surfing destination! While it’s not among the world’s top surf spots, you can definitely catch a few friendly waves for a fun experience. Want a more adventurous time the next time you visit Thailand? Read on to know how you can hang loose and get stoked in Phuket.

When is the best time to catch waves in Phuket?
Phuket’s mild swell comes from the Indian Ocean, bypassing the tip of Sumatra. The best time for surfing here is from April to October when the monsoon creates bigger waves and stronger winds. During the rest of the year, the ocean remains more or less calm.

Between June to September, Phuket hosts annual surfing events on some of its beaches. These events began in 1999 when Quiksilver held a series of contests at Kata Beach. Now, the Kamala Go Surfing Club is known to sponsor surfers to enter Asia-wide and international competitions.

Where can you spot swells in Phuket?
The beaches on the east coast of Phuket have mangrove areas that protect the reefs from the swells. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a few waves. If you’re an avid surfer, however, it may be best to visit one of the less crowded beaches on the west coast. Some islands and reefs have excellent surfing conditions for beginners and pros alike. Here’s a list of some of these beaches:

– Nai Harn
– Kata Beach
– Karon Beach
– Kalim Reef
– Kamala Beach
– Surin Beach
– Nai Thon Beach
– Nai Yang Reef

Beaches at the northern end like Kamala and Surin have gentler waves that are perfect for longboarding. Occasionally, there are fast beach breaks for short boarders. The surfing scene in Phuket has been growing in popularity as of late, which is why most beach resorts in this area now offer lessons.

Some considerations before you pack your board:
Buying a surfboard in Phuket is more expensive than in other countries such as Europe and Australia. If you’re planning to bring your own, make sure to coordinate with your airline and check its rules on baggage or hand-carry items.

If you’re a beginner without any gear, beaches in Surin, Kamala, and Kata rent out surfboards by the hour. You can negotiate for long-term rentals. There are other boards for rent, including skimboards, bodyboards, and paddleboards.

You may know Phuket for its nightlife, shopping, food, and tranquil beaches. If you’re visiting between April and October, however, try to see a more daring side of this exciting city. Whether you’re coming for your honeymoon or vacationing with your family, try something new and check an item off your bucket list. Learning how to surf is a fun experience, and paddling with the locals will give you amazing stories to tell your friends back home.

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