Mention the words Phuket and surfing to any hardened surfer and they’ll probably turn their nose up at you. However, throughout out the months of April till October, and sometimes even into November, Phuket’s West coast is seeing a greater number of surfers coming to ride the swells generated in the Andaman Sea in the southwest monsoon season, as heavy weather drives the waves into Phuket. No, they’re obviously not the best in the world but they do make for some good surfing. In fact, there are 3 well regarded surfing competitions that take place across Phuket during this time every year.
But the main reason Kata beach is so much more popular is because of its great curly and punchy waves. In recent years, the beach has got a lot more famous amongst surfers, and has quickly become the surf capital of Phuket.
Kalim and Bang Tao Beaches are also worth mentioning. Kalim is the place to head if conditions aren’t suitable at other beaches, thanks to its protection from the swell (although this does mean it can get quite busy) and Bang Tao because of the large waves on the north end of the beach.
If you want to learn how to surf in Phuket there are plenty of options mostly at Kata beach where you can book surf lessons with professional instructors. They teach people of all ages, and ensure everybody gets up on their very first surfing lesson. The instructors are all experienced, qualified, very knowledgeable about ocean, current and wave dynamics, and very friendly!