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Phuket – The surf capital of Thailand

Phuket – The surf capital of ThailandMention 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.

Phuket – The surf capital of Thailand Phuket – The surf capital of Thailand Phuket – The surf capital of ThailandAlthough several of the west costs beaches popular with surfers, the best and most popular place to surf if the beautiful Kata Beach with its white sand, palm trees and its turquoise water.

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.

Phuket – The surf capital of Thailand Phuket – The surf capital of Thailand Phuket – The surf capital of ThailandKalim 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.

Phuket – The surf capital of Thailand Phuket – The surf capital of Thailand Phuket – The surf capital of ThailandIf 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!

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