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Surfing

Overview

Learning how to Surf is going to be one of the most memorable and life-changing experience you could have ever come across. If you’ve got a bucket list, pretty sure Surfing would be on that list. Surfing is a water sport, in which a surfer rides on the waves using various techniques and moves along with the wave towards the shore.

Fact is India has a coastline of more than 7500 Kms due to which it is possible to do shit loads of crazy stuff. Surfing got a boost in India in the late ’90s as tourism started flourishing due to liberalization, foreign tourists took advantage of our coastline and started exploring various cities and villages alongside that hosted good waves. We now have quite a few experienced professionals who are into surfing and promoting the sport they love.

So newbies who have dreamt of surfing should definitely try it as the feeling you get when you learn how to read a wave, from there to catch it and perfectly stand on the board and ride it till the end, that’s gold. It will take you a few lessons to master this. But hey some of us are fast learners and might just start surfing in a day or two.

As said, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”- John Kabat-Zin

Season

Seasons for Surfing in India

There’s no stopping you from surfing, you can hop on a board and start surfing whenever you want to on the sea waves near the coast. The only exception being the rainy season as the weather turns rough. Coastal India is blessed with clear skies rest of the year.

Once you learn how to surf, you might just buy or rent yourself a nice surfboard (you can contact us to know more) and explore the shores of India. However, learning to read the weather and adhering to safety rules is a must.

Tide plays an important role for getting good waves and swells. Specially when there is new moon or full moon you may expect good breaks. Check out the windy application on the homepage to get current swell details and forecasts too!

Location

Mumbai

Surfing In Mumbai? Yeah, not kidding. Surf school in the north of Mumbai provides surf lessons to beginners who want to learn surfing and for them to have a nice active weekend hobby. Due to two river mouths in the vicinity, the sea water is good too and you do get river mouth breaks when the tides are good.

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach in Kerala must surely ring a bell. It is well known as one of India’s best Surfing Spots. Kovalam has beach breaks which are perfect for beginners wanting to learn surfing. To know more about breaks, have a look at the sports section below.

Covelong Point

With a nice quiet white sand beach, Covelong is a pretty place to surf. Probably if you’re a beginner you can take surfing lessons away from the stoney ridges were the waves are high. It also hosts a surfing festival almost every year.

Goa

North and South Goa have some really good breaks throughout the summer season. Already a tourist hotspot known for holidaying and leisure, there are several surfing spots located here.

Mangaluru

The birthplace of competitive surfing in India. This is definitely one of the places you should consider visiting to learn surfing from certified and experienced surf instructors.

Sport

Surfing

Surf breaks basically create sea swells and surfable waves due to winds, rocks and even topography of the sea bed.

Beach Breaks:

Beach Break is one of the various types of waves that you would come across while you’re surfing along the beaches of India. When waves break over a sandy bottom, this thing leads to shifting of the sand and the shape of seabeds. So, the type and quality of waves that you’re going to experience depends upon the type of beach.

Reef Breaks:

If there are rocks below the sea, then the type of wave that would be developed when the waves collide with the rock bed are known as reef breaks, in this, the shape of sea bed remains the same only lineup changes according to the direction and size of the wave. Caution is advisable for beginners, they should surf carefully. Bekal, Kovalam and Pondicherry have a mix of Beach and Reef breaks, perfect for beginners and experts.

Point Breaks:

When lines of a particular swell hit a stretch of land at a perpendicular or an oblique angle, breaking around and along with the land rather than towards it, that process is known as a point break. Basically, you get longer and nicer waves because of point break peel for a longer time than reef or beach breaks. The islands of Lakshwadeep get some of the most amazing breaks to surf.

Pro-Amateurs

River Mouth Waves:

These kinds of waves are quite rare and wonderful occurrence for any surfer. In some sense, they are similar to point breaks, that they are produced where the river deposits sand onto well-defined sandbars and along with that point, the wave peels off in a predictable and neat manner. North Mumbai, Kovallam and Mangaluru have such a neat formation.

Reform Waves:

This type of wave can be perfect for beginners to learn, these waves can die down when hitting deep water and then break again or reform as a result of the varying depth of the bottom.

Double-Up Waves:

Double-Up Waves are formed when two waves combine themselves, forming up a huge ultra-hollow wave which is very dangerous when they start to break. Advanced Surfers have a hard time with this kind of wave, so one shouldn’t venture on his own if he or she has just learned. Such waves are only observed in the southernmost coastal areas of India that fall in the equatorial pressure belt. Monsoon winds also tend to create such conditions.

Competition & Festival

Since 2012 there are surfing festivals happening every year where surfers from all over India gather and showcase their skills. Lately, this festival has gained a lot of traction among the youth. The main idea behind these festivals is to promote surfing as a sport in India as well as attract more people in the surfer’s community.

Covelong Surf Music Yoga Fest:

Every year, surfing competition in collaboration with the Surfing Federation of India is organized at Covelong.  A lot of other activities are conducted as mentioned below:

– Surf competition, kayak & catamaran races, SUP

– Slacklining championship, beach volleyball, kabaddi matches

– Music – acoustic & beach stage

– Different disciplines of yoga, meditation, holistic healing workshops, sound therapy,    masseuse specialists, alternative healers, martial artists

Kovalam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu | Month: August/ September | Duration: 3 days

Indian Open of Surfing:

Organized by Mantra Surf School pre monsoons

– National Surfing and SUP Championship

– Slacklining & Skateboarding

– Music

– Food

Sasihithlu Beach, Mangalore, Karnataka| Month: May | Duration: 3 days

India Surf Festival:

A festival which comprises of different activities and workshops along with surfing witnessing one of the finest national and international surfers riding waves.

– Surf competition, SUP race, skim boarding

– Skateboarding, longboarding, slacklining

– Yoga, meditation

– Music & Art

Ramchandi Beach, Puri, Odisha | Month: November/ February | Duration: 3 days

Other Festivals:

There are a few more festivals that started following the trend from the previous festivals, they are not very popularised but hey, if you are into surfing you should not miss out on these events as well:

  • Summer Swell Challenge, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
  • Surfing Federation of India Event, Vizag, Andhra Pradesh
  • Spice Coast Open, Kovalam, Kerala
  • Goa Surf Jam, Goa, India

For further details and to prebook your passes, contact us!

General Tips

If you follow the advice of your instructor then you probably don’t have to worry about safety, just be sensible enough to put that advice into use in any unwanted situation:

Protect your head

Well, you can’t wear a helmet (or can you), to avoid serious injuries protect your head at all times during fall.

Tides matter

If you’re a beginner you should avoid doing surfing during High Tide as waves are too rough to catch

Burp!

Don’t surf after having a meal

Help Help

If you get into trouble in the water, don’t panic. Raise your arm for help, float and wait for assistance.

Sit yo ass! Go with the flow

Getting yourself comfortable while sitting on the board may sound a hell lot easy but trust me it is a task. Paddling is also a part of surfing, in order to catch the waves first you need to go against the current by paddling, the technique would definitely be explained by your instructor. Once you get hold of it, you have climbed the first ladder towards surfing.

Surf at your skill level:

A good surfer must be humble and accept that sometimes waves are too big for him. Take only waves with which you are comfortable. When a wave is too high probably above 10 feet, then rather than catching that wave you should learn to duck it. The perfect wave to catch and which one to duck would be explained by your instructor during the briefing.

Be aware:

Pay attention to other surfers and people in the waters around your spot. A surfboard is a rigid object and can become a problem for you or for others if not handled with care.

Respect the environment:

Don’t throw your rubbish on the spot and keep it clean. Don’t forget that you are a guest.

In the beginning, you’ll probably spend a lot more time sitting on it rather than standing. So for safety purpose, you should use soft-top boards for as they’re safer than the fiberglass and epoxy boards.

Equipments

Equipments

These equipments should be rented unless you decide to practice surfing or decide to become a professional.

Surfboard:

A lot of shapes are present on the market according to your practice. Main shapes are: shortboard, hybrid, fish, mini-Malibu, longboard, gun. To choose the good board takes in to account your level, your spot and your budget.

Leash:

Your surfboard includes a leash. Strap it to your ankle. It will stop the board to drifting away and prevent it from hitting other people.

Wetsuit:

It’s not an essential accessory, but it will help you to float, so you should consider this possibility.