Can I Surf in Thailand? Are there even waves? Those are the questions I get asked the most when I tell people I'm a surfer from Thailand. Well guys, the answer is YES!
I'm sure many of you had absolutely no idea that Thailand had waves, well I'm here to debunk that myth.
You're not going to get waves of Uluwatu status but still, if you're looking for friendly, kind and soft waves and uncrowded spots, Thailand should definitely be on your list. There are some really nice surfing spots in Thailand that are spread
out up and down the east and west coasts; Khao Lak, Koh Lanta, Koh Phayam and Rayong - are all good but the best place to surf has got to be the beautiful island of Phuket.
The surfing culture in Phuket has been around for a very long time and it's only getting bigger, Phuket regularly hosts surfing competitions, like the Phuket Surf Series, the Cherngtalay Surfing Contest and the Kata Beach Surfing Contest. Phuket's surfing season is from April to October, that's when the onshore monsoon winds hit the west coast and the pop-up surf shops start running again.
Now, where can I surf in Phuket?
At the top of our list, we have Kata Beach - the most popular destination in Phuket when it comes to surfing. Kata beach offers anywhere between half meter waves up-to three meter waves, during monsoon storms so no matter what your background in surfing is, Kata beach is definitely one to check when the storm hits.
Next up we have the little brother of Kata beach which is Kata Noi. This is the small little beach that packs, in my opinion, the best waves in Phuket when the time is right (don't tell anyone) but this is definitely not where you want to learn how to surf. Kata Noi has pretty harsh waves as it breaks off the rocks and can be quite dangerous if you're not careful.
Next is Phuket’s reef breaks; first is Kalim beach, located north of Patong Beach. This reef break sometimes offers barreling right-handers and is truly the best surf you will get in Phuket. If you’re an advanced surfer - Kalim is definitely the place to be. Secondly is Nai Yang Beach which is south of Phuket International Airport. When conditions are right you can get rides up to a few hundred meters long (don't tell anyone!). So if you're looking for a sneaky little surf session before your flight back home - check out Nai Yang Beach.
To be fair, the waves at these beaches also deserve to be given an honorable mention: Bang Tao, Bangsan, Surin, Patong, Nai Harn, Karon are all good.
Now, what if you go to the beach in the morning and the waves are totally flat? What if you booked your holiday according to the monsoon season here in Phuket and still wake up to nothing? Don't Worry!
Phuket has so many alternatives to surfing to keep your feet moving and your soul flying, we currently have 3 cable ski parks located in Kathu, Thalang and Mai Khao, a little skate-boarding area in Sapanhin (the local park in Phuket Town) an ice skating center at boat lagoon and 2 double flow riders located at Kata beach and Patong beach. So c'mon down to the Pearl of the Andaman.