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Surfing in Phuket

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Although surfing is a relatively new sport in Phuket, many locals and visitors have been surfing in Phuket for nearly 20 years. The west coast serves up some awesome waves for those looking to hang ten between April and September. The best part is, it's considered the off-peak tourist season on Phuket. Surfers can save some big bucks – as much as half off or more at most places - than in peak season.

Best spots for riding the waves

Surfers can ride the waves at Kata, Karon, Nai Harn, Surin, Kamala and Kalim beaches. There really is no "best spot" – visitors can't agree on any one place that's best for surfing between Kata and Kamala. They all agreed that the welcoming, friendly atmosphere at all the beaches was a draw in itself.

Kata Beach
The "surfing capital" of Phuket, Kata Beach has a reliable, consistent surf, and hosts the island's biggest annual surfing competition. Away from the resort, on the beach's southern tip is the best for catching a wave. Winds are southwest to northeast, producing swells up to 2 meters with fast yet manageable waves that break high at the sandbar, making a thrilling ride for surfers at Kata.

Kata Noi Beach
Waves up to 2 meters usually roll in fast and good off the northern headland, with southeast to northeast winds.

Karon Beach
One of the least popular surfing locations in Phuket because of its unpredictable, shifting sandbanks, Karon Beach's swells seem to come from every direction. Winds are light and changeable, with waves up to 2 meters.

Nai Harn Beach
A permanent sandbank at the south-end of the beach makes for a good, fast ride, with waves up to 3 meters and variable winds. There's a beach-and-reef break at the northern end next to the yacht club that can hold large, powerful swells.

Patong Beach
Although not necessarily the best surfing in Phuket, Patong Beach still holds its own with the north end producing some decently fast waves up to 1.5 meters. Surfers here have slight winds and a beach break.

Kalim Beach
One of the better (and busier) surf spots on Phuket with swells up to 3 meters, a shallow coral reef break, and southeast to northeast winds, Kalim Beach hosts the Kalim Surf Contest organized by members of the Phuket Board Rider Club. On days when conditions at other beaches are a little too wild, surfers head to Kalim because of its protection from the swell. In unsettled weather, waves out near the headland make for an awesome ride about 50-100 meters long, finishing in shallow water.

Kamala Beach This beach hosts the Kamala Go Surfing Contest, with a point break for experienced surfers and variable winds. Thanks to the reefs, the north end of the beach is a break with stable sandbanks and consistent waves up to 3 meters, building up closer to shore.

Laem Singh Beach
Protected from the wind, surfers can ride fast here on most tides as each swell builds up to 3 meters. Unique rock formations along the beach make for some very fast surfing.

Surin Beach
Both ends of this beach provide some great surfing, with slight winds and good waves on the high or low-mid tide up to 2 meters. There is a grouping of large rocks in the middle of the beach that surfers should keep an eye out for, producing a sandbank with a fast left-hander off the last rock at the north end.

Bang Tao Beach
Shifting sandbanks makes this location a tad unpredictable, but mid-beach is somewhat sheltered from the swells and delivers some smaller, rideable waves up to 3 meters. At the beach’s north end, southerly wind exposure produces some larger waves.

Nai Thon Beach
Nai Thon is a rocky beach with swells to 3 meters and northwest to southeast winds can get pretty choppy, meaning it's probably not a good choice for novice surfers.

Nai Yang Beach
When conditions are right, Nai Yang Beach offers some great surfing. A large coral reef that's further out than it looks has fooled more than one surfer, so don't get caught. Challenging banks and peaks serve up some good low tide surfing. Winds are slight with swells to 3 meters.

Mai Khao Beach
A steep seabed drop-off here makes surfing inconsistent, producing big shore breaks but not much else. However, if you journey to the meeting place of Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea, you'll be treated to varying conditions with swells of up to 2 meters, and northwest to southeast winds.

Since surfing isn't one of Phuket's major draws, surf schools and board shops are few and far between, but they are around. Whether you're looking to rent a board, or maybe even buy one second-hand, you'll find what you need not too far from one of the surfing hot spots.