Waves in Thailand

Waves in Thailand
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.

Kata Beach

Kata Beach
A lot of tourists when they come to Phuket ask, what is the best beach here? What can I do at that beach? Any activities? Where can I find food? I'm here to answer all your questions. I mean of course all the beaches here have their own unique style and vibe to them but I'm here to share with you guys one specific beach, and that is Kata Beach.

Piercing white sand, crystal clear blue water - in my opinion Kata Beach is the best beach on this island, it has everything you could ever need and more. If you happen to visit Phuket during the months of June – October, be sure to bring along your beloved surfboard because the surf will be pumping! And for the people who don't want to go through all the hassle of bringing your own surfboard when you're on holidays, don't worry because surfboard shops are all along Kata Beach. Just go up to one and get your 300 baht rental and head out into the surf.

June - October is considered to be Phuket's low season because that's when the monsoon season starts and that's how we get waves thanks to the monsoon. We rarely get groundswell in Phuket. Most of the waves we get here are wind-driven but still when it's good it's good. Weather during the low season isn't the best; its rainy and windy most of the time, so tourists choose to come during the high season.

November - May is our high season, this is the time where Phuket looks like that poster you picked up at your local grocery store. The sky is always blue and the beach looks like a photo-shopped image. I have to say Phuket looks beautiful during the high season but there is one downfall... No surf! When you've been waking up to go to the beach, having your buffet breakfast at the hotel, read that book you have always wanted to finish. It gets a little repetitive, you get a little bored, what else can you do at Kata?

What about some trendy music? Internationally inspired food, ice cold beers, bottomless cocktails and non-stop surfing action! Sounds good doesn't it? Located in the middle of Kata Beach you can find Surf House Kata Beach! With a double lane FlowRider, you will never miss out on a surfing day ever again! For those of you who are skeptical about Flowboarding - don't be: Flowboarding is a relatively safe and easy sport to pick up, pretty much anyone can do it, Anyone with normal health and a minimum of 122cm tall can ride. Surf house Kata Beach has the most experienced Flowboarders to instruct you through your session so you have nothing to worry about. Flowboarding is a relatively new sport so most of you might not know what it is. Flowboarding is a combination of surfing, skating, snowboarding, and wakeboarding, so there is a learning curve to it but nothing that you can’t overcome, I'm sure.

And if you’re feeling that surfers’ hunger, don't worry; Surf House has the best menu in town! Grab yourself a Kahuna burger - a juicy beef patty with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and the house’ special sauce plus fresh and crispy French fries. Now, who wouldn't want that? Pair it up with a cold beer and a beautiful view of the sunset and you got yourself the perfect day!